Giant dinosaur discovered in Chile

Giant dinosaur discovered in Chile
Giant dinosaur discovered in Chile

Paleontologists have studied a huge dinosaur found in Chile. Although the discovered individual was not an adult, it reached 6, 3 meters in length.

The remains of the ancient raptor include the femur, humerus and ischium, as well as fragments of the spine related to the back and neck. Fossils were discovered back in the 1990s in northern Chile in the Atacama Desert, but they are only now being studied in detail.

Paleontologists have assigned the dinosaur to a new genus and species, which they named Arackar licanantay. This name comes from the word "bones" and the name of the place of discovery in the language of the locals.

The reptile lived on Earth somewhere between 80 and 66 million years ago, in the Late Cretaceous.

Scientists also found out that the discovered dinosaur was, so to speak, a teenager. In adulthood, he had to reach eight meters. This, of course, is far from a record, but still impressive.

Even at an immature age, the dinosaur reached six meters in length.

Illustration by Mauricio Alvarez.

The reptile belongs to the group of titanosaurs - herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails, among which there are also the largest terrestrial creatures in the history of the Earth.

Titanosaurs are part of a broader group of sauropods. By the way, the remains of A. licanantay are the most complete skeleton of a sauropod on the Pacific coast of South America. Also A. licanantay is the third dinosaur whose remains were first studied in Chile.

A scientific article with the results of the study was published in the journal Cretaceous Research.

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