As awesome as mega-sauropods are, the real excitement is that the team discovered an entire ecosytem in Neuquen, including some really exciting new finds. The picture above was scanned directly from the description, and they are: (a) Articulated vertebral column of Futalognkosaurus; (b) tooth of a dromaeosaur; (c) tooth of a carcharodontosaur; (d) tooth of a mesoeucrocodylian; (e) manus of Megaraptor; (f) pubis of Unenlagia paynemili; (g) femur of an iguanodontid; (h) part of an azhdarchoid pterosaur ulna; (i) fish; (j) angiosperm leaves; (k) plant stem; (l) lower jaw of a new notosuchid crocodylomorph; (m) skull of a new maniraptoran; (n) lower jaw of a new iguanodontid.
That's a lot of new stuff! Of note is the manus of Megaraptor, whose true phylogenetic affiliations have been unsteady for years. Based on the new material, Megaraptor is shown to be a basal tetanurine theropod that developed a hypertrophied thumb claw independantly of Laurasian spinosaurs. What it looked like, though, is anyone's guess. The Unenlagia pubis is hypothesized to be a new species, apparently more gracile than the old one. It's unusual to see so much iguanodontid material in Gondwana, and kills the idea that sauropods persisted down there because there was no competition from ornithopods. Crocodylians both marine and terrestrial were in Neuquen, which is really no surprise. That "maniraptoran" skull looks a lot like a dromaeosaur, and if that maxilla looks a lot like a dromaeosaur's. Could it be (gasp) Unenlagia? Same locality, same deposit. I would not be surprised, considering that Unenlagia is largely considered to be an unenlagiine dromaeosaur.
I await more publications on some of these fossils, especially the iguanodont material, new maniraptoran skull, and Megaraptor paw. Oh, and Futalognkosaurus ain't bad, either.
Calvo, J. O., Porfiri, J. D., Gonzalez-Riga, B. J. & Kellner, A. W.A. (2007). A new Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystem from Gondwana with the description of a new sauropod dinosaur. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias 79(3): 529-541.
P.S. Remember when I went on that big rant about how I hate it when people name animals after place names? Like Albertaceratops? Well, Futalognkosaurus is actually named after the corporation who sponsored the dig, Duke Energy. Hence, F. dukei. I'm not sure how I feel about this quite yet. I'm a bit leery, though, and we'll have to see how far this is taken. As Neil points out, F. dukei is not the first dinosaur to be named after a backer with deep pockets, and the practice does not seem to be widespread. But it does seem lazy, doesn't it?