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Spain: Fossils belonging to giant 20-metre-long dinosaur discovered in Teruel03:47

Spain: Fossils belonging to giant 20-metre-long dinosaur discovered in Teruel

Spain, Teruel
May 25, 2020 at 18:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

Palaeontologists from the Dinopolis Foundation in Teruel showed off a recently discovered collection of dinosaur fossils belonging to a specimen thought to be closely related to the giant turiasaurus genus that was unearthed in 2003.

The new specimen lived almost 150 million years ago and is believed to have been around 20 metres in length (66 feet). The well-preserved fragments were discovered in the Teruel municipality of Riodeva and shown off on Monday.

Dinopolis Foundation Palaeontologist Rafael Royo said the remains are related to the Turiasaurus Riodevensis, which is the largest dinosaur ever found in Europe. Parts seen include fragments of the skull alongside the teeth, axial skeleton, legs, ribs, neck bones, back and tail vertebrae.

"It is a dinosaur of great proportions," he said, adding that it belonged to the sauropod family. These are quadruped dinosaurs with a long neck and tail which are generally known for their giantism, reaching over more than 25 metres (82 feet) in length.

"In this case we have been able to assign it to the family that represents the Turiasaurus thanks to all the material that we have been extracting for two months on the site," said Royo.

Spain: Fossils belonging to giant 20-metre-long dinosaur discovered in Teruel03:47
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Palaeontologists from the Dinopolis Foundation in Teruel showed off a recently discovered collection of dinosaur fossils belonging to a specimen thought to be closely related to the giant turiasaurus genus that was unearthed in 2003.

The new specimen lived almost 150 million years ago and is believed to have been around 20 metres in length (66 feet). The well-preserved fragments were discovered in the Teruel municipality of Riodeva and shown off on Monday.

Dinopolis Foundation Palaeontologist Rafael Royo said the remains are related to the Turiasaurus Riodevensis, which is the largest dinosaur ever found in Europe. Parts seen include fragments of the skull alongside the teeth, axial skeleton, legs, ribs, neck bones, back and tail vertebrae.

"It is a dinosaur of great proportions," he said, adding that it belonged to the sauropod family. These are quadruped dinosaurs with a long neck and tail which are generally known for their giantism, reaching over more than 25 metres (82 feet) in length.

"In this case we have been able to assign it to the family that represents the Turiasaurus thanks to all the material that we have been extracting for two months on the site," said Royo.

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