Rio de Janeiro: the discovery of a new dinosaur supports the hypothesis prakontinenta

07.12.2004

07.12.2004


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The group of paleontologists from the University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) restored image of a new species of dinosaurs found recently in Brazil.

Dinosaur named Unaysaurus tolentinoi, in honor of the man who discovered the fossil — Marafiga Tolentino (Tolentino Marafiga).

The animal weighed about 70 kilograms, was 2.5 meters long and 70-80 centimeters in height. Rather, it was a herbivore, the researchers said.

Unaysaurus tolentinoi lived during the Triassic period, 225 million years ago. This is one of the earliest dinosaurs.

What most intrigued the team — it's geography. "Preliminary analysis shows that the new dinosaur is very close to the European Plateosaurus, principally found in Germany," — said Atila da Rosa (Atila da Rosa), one of the researchers.

This is another plummet in the balance in favor of the hypothesis prakontinente Pangaea. And it suggests that this type of dinosaurs were once scattered over vast areas of the planet.

Battery News, 06.12.2004 18:22
Source: Membrana

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