This week in new old dino news: paleontologists recently discovered the remains of a family of prehistoric giants belonging to…
This week in new old dino news: paleontologists recently discovered the remains of a family of prehistoric giants belonging to sauropod group of plants that eat reptiles. The new species has been called Lavocatisaurus agrioensis, and the 110 million-year-old fossils were found in a region of central Argentina, previously covered by desert.
According to reports, the team led by researchers from the National University of La Matanza in Bueno Aires found the legs of three different dinosaurs: two children and probably one of their parents. Based on fossils, they estimate that adults measured almost 40 feet tall and the children were about half their size. “We found most cranes: the crotch, jaws, many teeth, even the legs that define eye contacts, for example, and thus we could create almost complete reconstruction,” said Jose Luis Carballido, Museum Researcher Egidio Feruglio. If you have noticed so far, you might have downloaded a strange detail about the discovery. Herbivores were found in a dry place where there was little or no vegetation? “This is not just the discovery of a new species in an area where you do not expect to find fossils, but the skull is almost complete,” said Carballido. He added that the dinosaurs were probably on their way when they died and that the discovery was “the first record of a group displacement among the Rebbachisaurus dinosaurs.”
Paleontologists acknowledge that an earlier desert is not the usual place to look for fossils, but in his interview with Agence France Presse (AFP), Carballido does not explain why they just did it or if the discovery was a lucky accident during an unrelated study. However, we do not complain because, thanks to its research, published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, we have another long dinosaur with an even longer name to add to the records.
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