Portugal: The largest dinosaur may have been discovered in Europe
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The largest dinosaur may have been discovered in Europe

Researchers in Portugal and their discovery

Researchers in Portugal and their discovery

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In 2017, a man in Portugal discovered dinosaur fragments while digging in his garden. Researchers have now discovered the skeleton – possibly coming from brachiosaurs. The length of the animals was up to 25 meters.

sPortuguese and Spanish researchers have discovered the fossilized skeleton of what may be the largest dinosaur ever found in Europe. The find, in the garden of a house in Pombal, Portugal, is believed to be a sauropod and “one of the largest specimens ever discovered in Europe, and perhaps even in the world,” paleontologist Elizabeth Malavia of the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Science said Monday. Agence France-Presse.

Characteristically long necks and tails, sauropods are among the largest animals that have ever lived. The skeleton probably comes from rocky arms that lived in the Upper Jurassic period. Species of herbivorous dinosaurs were 12 meters in height and 25 meters in length and lived on Earth about 150 million years ago.

Among the bones, Melfafia said, they also found the remains of a rib about three meters long. Malaviya said the fact that the vertebrae and ribs were found in the same place and where they were in dinosaur anatomy is “relatively rare”.

dinosaur ribs

dinosaur ribs

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Excavations will continue at the site

Excavations will continue at the site

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The fossils were first discovered in 2017 when a homeowner in Pombal dug his garden to make way for an extension. Then he contacted the paleontologists, who excavated part of the dinosaur’s skeleton in early August and studied it ever since.

The research team stated that they would like to conduct more excavations at the site and the surrounding area in the coming months.

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