The 20-metre lizard, found in Argentina in 2014, roamed what’s now Patagonia some 140 million years in the past.
A colossal dinosaur dug up in Argentina could possibly be the oldest titanosaur ever discovered, having roamed what’s now Patagonia some 140 million years in the past at first of the Cretaceous interval, scientists mentioned on Sunday.
The 65-foot (20-metre) lizard, Ninjatitan zapatai, was found in 2014 within the Neuquen province of southwest Argentina, the La Matanza College reported in its evaluation.
“The primary significance of this fossil, aside from being a brand new species of titanosaur, is that it’s the oldest recorded for this group worldwide,” a press release quoted researcher Pablo Gallina of the Conicet scientific council as saying.
Titanosaurs had been members of the sauropod group – gigantic plant-eating lizards with lengthy necks and tails that will have been the biggest animals ever to stroll the Earth.
The brand new discovery, the assertion mentioned, meant titanosaurs lived longer in the past than beforehand thought – at first of the Cretaceous interval that ended with the demise of the dinosaurs some 66 million years in the past.
Fossils from 140 million years in the past are “actually very scarce” mentioned Gallina, most important writer of a research printed within the Argentinian scientific journal Ameghiniana.
The creature was named after Argentinian paleontologist Sebastian Apesteguia, nicknamed “El Ninja”, and technician Rogelio Zapata.