an extraordinary archaeological discovery In a private garden in Portugal: they unearthed the remains of what may have been Largest dinosaur ever found in EuropeWhich was discovered by the owner of the land in the city of Pombal in the center of the country.
The man had seen the fossilized bone fragments and in 2017 contacted researchers from the University of Lisbon, who conducted the first excavation work.
But it wasn’t until early August of this year that Spanish and Portuguese paleontologists working at the site began to unearth the vertebrae and ribs they believe to be Sauropodo BrachiosauridaeAbout 12 meters high and 25 long, a family of herbivorous dinosaurs, one of the largest land animals that ever existed.
“It is not common to find all of an animal’s ribs in this way, much less maintaining their original anatomical position,” said Elisabeth Malafia, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Science.
The group of sauropods—which includes Brontosaurus and Diplodocus— Her neck was long and she used to walk on all sides.
The size of the bones found in the garden shows that The dinosaur was 12 meters long and 25 meters long.
Looking for more skeleton parts
Because of the natural location where the skeleton was found, researchers hope that further excavations will reveal more parts of the same dinosaur.
The group Brachiosauridae is made up of large species that They lived from the Upper Jurassic to the Lower Cretaceous.about 160-100 million years ago, and is characterized by the presence of clearly developed forelimbs.
Some of the most emblematic dinosaur species belonging to this group of sauropods are Brachiosaurus altithorax and Giraffatitan brancai, as well as a Portuguese Upper Jurassic species, Lusotitan atalaensis, found in the western region of Portugal.
Preservation characteristics of the fossils and their arrangement indicate the possible presence of other parts of the skeleton of this dinosaur. This hypothesis will be compared in future excavation missions at the site.
“Research in the paleontological enclave of Monte Agudo confirms that the Pombal region contains an important fossil record of vertebrates from the Upper Jurassic, which has allowed the discovery of material very important to the knowledge of continental fauna in recent decades. They inhabited the Iberian Peninsula about 145 million years ago.Malafia added.
Pombal, a small Portuguese town of only 20,000 inhabitants between Lisbon and Porto, is now a hotspot for paleontology.
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