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Sat May 16, 2020, 09:30 PM

Argentine paleontologists find a ten-meter-long megaraptor in Patagonia

BUENOS AIRES (CTYS-UNLAM AGENCY).- Researchers from the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences found a large carnivorous dinosaur about 70 million years old in the southwest of the province of Santa Cruz. Vertebrae, ribs and part of what would be the chest and shoulder girdle of this specimen were recovered.

For 15 days, rescue tasks were carried out to extract this megaraptor. Surely, from these fossils, researchers will be able to present in society a new large species within this group of carnivorous dinosaurs with lethal characteristics to attack their preys.

Paleontologist Mauro Aranciaga Rolando told the CTyS-UNLaM Agency: "We have found a very large specimen of a new megaraptorid, which were formidable carnivorous dinosaurs, because they had a set of adaptations for hunting that was really spectacular".

"Unlike the Tyrannosaurus rex, the megaraptors were slimmer animals, more prepared for the race, with long tails that allowed them to maintain balance, at the same time that they had muscular legs, but elongated to be able to take long steps", said Aranciaga Rolando, CONICET fellow at the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences (MACN).


Watch out, now. Megaraptor!

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