There is a new dinosaur in town

There is a new dinosaur in town

  • Paleontologists at the University of Tueblingen re-examine stored dinosaur bones to discover new species.
  • The new species resembles the long-necked sauropod.
  • The reanalysed skeleton comes from a 1922 discovery that was incorrectly classified.

It has long been believed that the skeleton of a dinosaur that was discovered in 1922 and stored in Germany Plitosaurid. Now a group of paleontologists at the University of Tübingen Senckenberg Center Human evolution and the ancient environment have overturned this belief. On a hunch that the original definition was incorrect, the team re-examined the bones and discovered a new genus and entirely new species of dinosaur. The results were published September 8 in Vertebrate zoology.

newly named Tuebingosaurus maierfritzorum He lived 203 to 211 million years ago in the mountainous Albe-Swaben region of southwestern Germany, researchers say. This long-necked herbivorous dinosaur resembled the sauropod and was misclassified decades ago.

The University of Tübingen has a wealth of stored dinosaur bones, with most fossils found since the 19th century classified as pletosaurus. The researchers say it is indisputable that this group of dinosaurs was common in parts of Europe about 200 million years ago. However, it is generally accepted that taxonomic classification in the past was often not accurate, with some discoveries hastily attributed to pletosaurus sex.

Knowing this, Omar Rafael Regalado Fernandez and Ingmar Wernborg stepped in to reanalyze the 1922 discovered skeleton of Trosingen, which consisted mainly of the back of the dinosaur’s body. The team demonstrated that many of the bones were not the same as typical bones pletosaurus. For example, the partial skeleton shown (among other derived characteristics) is wider and has more strongly built thighs, as well as compact sacral vertebrae and unusually large and strong long bones. These features indicate movement on four legs. “This is unlike Plitosauridwhich, although resembling the long-necked sauropods of the Jura region, likely moved on only two legs,” the pair shares in new version.

Duplex dinosaur, photography

Newly categorized and named Tuebingosaurus maierfritzorum It is actually more related to Diplodocus dinosaur from Plateosaurus, as previously thought.

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During the reclassification efforts, the two paleontologists established that they had “discovered a previously unknown species and genus”. They call it ‘It’s very likely Teubingosaurus maierfritzorum It was a quadrupedal, and thus more closely related to later large sauropods such as Brachiosaurus or Diplodocus who with PlitosauridAccording to the statement. Tübingen scientists believe the new discovery shows that European dinosaurs were more diverse than previously thought.

Give the team a gender name Tuebingosaurus In honor of the university city and naming species Myrfrizorum In honor of two German zoologists, Wolfgang Mayer and Uwe Fritz. Only separated bones kept in storage have found new life on public display in the Fossil Collection in Tübingen.

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