Friday, November 26

They discover a new species of dinosaur in Greenland | Digital Trends Spanish

No new dinosaur species had ever been found in Greenland until now, as it was determined that two fossils unearthed in 1994 correspond to Issi saaneq, a dinosaur that lived about 214 million years ago during the late Triassic.

The Issi saaneq It was a medium-sized herbivorous dinosaur with a very long neck. It belonged to the sauropods although, unlike some of the larger specimens of that family, the Issi saaneq he walked on two feet and not four.

The skulls found belong to animals in their youth stage. The study authors believe that it is a close relative of the Plateosaurus, another herbivore of the same family that also moved on its hind legs.

To determine this, a computed microtomography scan was performed on the fossils, which allowed to create a complete three-dimensional model of the dinosaur, including the remains that could not be rescued. Thanks to this method it was possible to determine that the Issi saaneq It is indeed a new species, although it has similarities with other sauropods found in Brazil, which can be up to 10 meters long.

Scientists say that Issi saaneq He lived at a time when the Atlantic Ocean was just forming, after the breakup of the supercontinent called Pangea. “At that time, the Earth was experiencing climate change,” says Professor Lars Clemmersen from the University of Copenhagen, “which allowed the first herbivorous dinosaurs to reach Europe.”

The name of the new dinosaur means “cold bone” in the Inuit language of Greenland.. Once the study of the fossils is completed, they will be transferred to the Natural History Museum of Denmark for display.

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