On the News | New Jurassic-era dinosaur species found in France @ DNA India


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New Jurassic-era dinosaur species found in France


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“A new species of giant dinosaurs has been discovered in France by scientists after they re-examined a museum fossil that had been overlooked for over 80 years. The fossil named Vouivria damparisensis, has been identified as a brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur. Researchers at Imperial College London in the UK and colleagues suggest the age of Vouivria is around 160 million years old, making it the earliest known fossil from the titanosauriform family of dinosaurs, which includes better- known dinosaurs such as the Brachiosaurus.

When the fossil was first discovered in France in the 1930s, its species was not identified, and until now it has largely been ignored in scientific literature. The new analysis of the fossil indicates that Vouivria died at an early age, weighed around 15,000 kilogrammes and was over 15 metres long, which is roughly 1.5 times the size of a double-decker bus. It had a long neck held at around a 45 degree angle, a long tail, and four legs of equal length. It would have been a plant eater.

“Vouivria would have been a herbivore, eating all kinds of vegetation, such as ferns and conifers,” Philip Mannion, lead author of the study from Imperial College London, said. “This creature lived in the Late Jurassic, around 160 million years ago, at a time when Europe was a series of islands. “We don’t know what this creature died from, but millions of years later it is providing important evidence to help us understand in more detail the evolution of brachiosaurid sauropods and a much bigger group of dinosaurs that they belonged to, called titanosauriforms,” said Mannion.” (…) READ MORE

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)