The remains of the largest dinosaur ever discovered in Europe have been found in a man’s backyard in Portugal.
According to BBC, the skeleton was discovered in 2017 when a man started building his house in the central city of Pombal. Spanish and Portuguese paleontologists unearthed the dinosaur in August this year. They believe the fossilized skeleton is a sauropod, a herbivorous, four-legged creature with a long neck and tail.
Sauropods were the largest of all dinosaurs and the largest land animals that ever lived. Experts said they lived in the Upper Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago.
Paleontologists discovered parts of the dinosaur’s spine and ribs, suggesting the massive reptile was about 12 meters (39 feet) tall and 25 meters (82 feet) long.
said Elizabeth Malafaya, a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Science at the University of Lisbon. Phys.org“It is not usual to find all the ribs of an animal like this, let alone in this condition, maintaining their original anatomical position.”
“This preservation pattern is relatively uncommon in the fossil record of dinosaurs, especially sauropods, from the Portuguese Upper Jurassic,” he added.
Because of the natural state in which the skeleton was found, researchers at the dig hope to find more.
The skeleton is currently being examined by an international research team.
Meanwhile, this comes after researchers in the US discovered Dinosaur footprints From 113 million years ago. After a drought in Texas, a river running through Dinosaur Valley State Park dried up, revealing tracks of giant reptiles.