A huge dinosaur skeleton has been discovered in a man’s garden in Pombal, Portugal, and it could be the largest ever found in Europe, according to A press release has been issued Wednesday.
The press release says the owner noticed fossilized bone fragments in his yard during construction work in 2017 and contacted a research team who launched an initial dig the same year.
Earlier this month, Spanish and Portuguese paleontologists worked at the site for more than a week and believe they have discovered the remains of the largest sauropod dinosaur ever found on the continent, the statement said. Sauropods are four-legged herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and long tails. This dinosaur was 39 feet long and 82 feet long.
“It is not uncommon to find all the ribs of an animal like this, let alone in this position, retaining their original anatomical location. This mode of preservation is relatively rare in the Upper Portuguese dinosaur fossil record, especially the sauropods. party,” said Elizabeth Malavia, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lisbon, in a statement that “Jurassic.”
The press release says the most important skeletal elements were collected from the site, including vertebrae and ribs that could have been a Brachiosaurus or Brachiosaurus sauropod. Species of dinosaurs roamed the Earth 160 to 100 million years ago.
Due to the dinosaur’s preservation characteristics, researchers believe other parts of its skeleton will also be found.