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Large new titanosaurian dinosaur from the Pyrenees (1 Viewer)


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Researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), the Conca Dellà Museum (MCD), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) and the NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL) have described the new species of titanosaur dinosaur Abditosaurus kuehnei from the remains excavated at the Orcau-1 site, in the southern Pyrenees (Catalonia, Spain). The semiarticulated 70.5-million-year-old skeleton is the most complete specimen of this herbivorous group of dinosaurs discovered so far in Europe. Moreover, Abditosaurus is the largest titanosaur species found in the Ibero-Armorican island -- an ancient region nowadays comprising Iberia and the south of France -- representing a senescent individual estimated to be 17,5 meters in length with body mass of 14,000 kg.
The titanosaur family was prominent in southern & eastern area during the upper Jurassic & Cretaceous.

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