Argentina exhibits new dinosaur species

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recently, Argentina displayed fossils of a newly discovered species of dinosaur that lived 228 million years ago in the region.

The fossils, which were found at Luna Valley in western Argentina 16 years ago were exhibited by Argentina's San Juan Province and the Natural Science Museum of the San Juan National University.

This predator called Sanjuansaurus gordilloi was 2 meters long and 1.5 meters high. The fossils, discovered by fossil preparator Raul Gordillo in 1994, included a mouth bone, the spine from the first vertebra in the neck to almost the end of the tail, bones from the chest and the hand.

The Sanjuansaurus is recognized by international scientific circles as a new member of the Herrerasaurus family, which includes other species found in the same zone.

Alcober said that the Sanjuansaurus was probably the one which ran fastest in this family of dinosaurs.

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