Argentina: Paleontologists discover a new dinosaur species

Argentina: Paleontologists discover a new dinosaur species

The discovery took place in Argentina. AFP Photo

The discovery took place in Argentina. AFP Photo

Lavocatisaurus agrioensis. This is the name of the last dinosaur discovered by Spanish and Argentine paleontologists.

According to these scientists, the mammoth animal 12 meters long lived 110 million years ago, in a desert area of ​​present-day Argentina.

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.

An herbivore 12 meters long

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.

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. A discovery that follows that of the skeleton of the largest dinosaur in the world a few years ago, still in Argentina.

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.

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