Dinosaur ribcage unearthed in Portugal backyard

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In early August, a team of Portuguese and Spanish researchers excavated parts of what they believe to be a fossilized skeleton of brachiosaurid sauropods at Monte Agudo, Pombal, in Portugal, according to a press release last week.

Sauropods – including the world’s largest dinosaurs — were herbivorous dinosaurs recognized by their long necks and tails. Based on the remains found, the researchers estimated that the dinosaur was about 12 meters (39 feet) high and 25 meters (82 feet) long.

The team has excavated important parts of the skeleton so far, including vertebrae and ribs.

“It’s not common to find all the ribs of an animal like this, let alone in this position, while keeping their original anatomical position,” Elisabete Malafaia, a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Science at the University of Lisbon, said in a statement. the release.

“This way of conservation is relatively unusual in the fossil record of dinosaurs, especially sauropods, from the Portuguese Upper Jurassic.”

The discovery is part of an ongoing project, which began in 2017.

That year, while construction work was underway on the property, the owner reportedly noticed several fossilized bone fragments in his backyard.

He contacted the research team, which began the first excavation that year.

Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist and professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, who was not involved in the project, called it “stunning — a dinosaur ribcage sticking out of someone’s garden.”

“(It goes to show) you can potentially find them anywhere there’s rock of the right age and type for preserving Jurassic-aged bones, whether it’s in the badlands or someone’s backyard,” he told CNN. adding that finding dinosaur remains comes with chance and circumstance. In dry, poor terrain, erosion from wind and water exposes rocks and the topography is often a hot spot for fossils.

The study underscores the importance of the vertebrate fossil record in the Pombal region of Portugal.

Dinosaurs from the Brachiosauridae group, to which the skeleton would belong, lived about 160 to 100 million years ago between the Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous, according to the press release.

This is not the first recent discovery of fossil dinosaurs in Europe. In June, the remains of a spinosaurid — a bipedal predatory dinosaur with a crocodile-like face — were reported to have been found on the Isle of Wight, an island in southern England.
Elsewhere in the world, a new species of carnivorous dinosaur measuring 11 meters (36 feet) long with arms similar to the Tyrannosaurus Rex was discovered in northern Patagonia, Argentina, in northern Patagonia, Argentina, scientists announced last month.

Preserving the skeleton found in Pombal indicates that more of it could be discovered, with further excavations at the planned site.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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