Called Lavocatisaurus agrioensis, this 12-meter-long herbivore lived nearly 110 million years ago.
Spanish and Argentinean paleontologists have discovered the remains of a new dinosaur species that lived 110 million years ago in Argentina, near the Andean Cordillera.
"We found most bones of the skull". Called Lavocatisaurus agrioensis, this herbivore 12 meters long lived in a desert area, in what is now the province of Neuquén, known for its paleontological sites and oil fields.
"We found most of the bones of the skull, a large amount of teeth, which allowed us to perform a very complete reconstruction," says José Luis Carballido, a researcher at the Egidio Feruglio Museum, located in Trelew, Patagonia.
The bones of other two specimens also discovered. Other bones, from the neck, tail and back, have also been discovered. Near this adult Lavocatisaurus agrioensis, scientists laid bare the bones of two younger specimens, 6 to 7 meters long. According to these experts, they traveled in groups and were killed at the same time.
The discovery was published in the specialized journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica and made public by the Scientific Disclosure Agency (CTyS) of the National University of Matanza, near Buenos Aires.