A man working in his garden in Portugal discovered a fossilized bone, which has now been identified as an 82ft long dinosaur skeleton – possibly the largest ever found in Europe. According to a press release.
The initial discovery dates back to 2017 in the Portuguese town of Pombal, the American Association for the Advancement of Science said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Paleontologists from Portugal and Spain who have been working at the site since say the bones may have come from a sauropod dinosaur 10 meters tall and 24 meters long.
Sauropods were four-legged herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and long tails that lived from the Late Jurassic to the Lower Cretaceous, around 160 to 100 million years ago.
The international team of researchers spent more than a week in early August collecting key parts of the massive skeleton, including vertebrae and ribs.
“It is not uncommon to find all the ribs of an animal like this, let alone in this position, retaining their original anatomical position. Jurassic period, Elizabeth Malavia, post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, in the press release.
convolutional He told CBS News The ribs are about 3 meters long, making them “the largest sauropod rib currently known in Europe and one of the largest described in the world”.
The recovered skeletal parts will be cleaned, installed in the laboratory, documented and studied before being exhibited in the museum, Melfafiya told Newsweek.
Based on the preservation and placement of bones taken from the site, researchers suspect there may be more fossils buried in Pombal’s backyard and plan to continue excavations next year.
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