In Argentina, paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of an ancient predator, the length of which was about ten meters. This makes it the largest known megaraptor to date.
the Message about the discovery was published on the website of the Argentine national Museum of natural science, and briefly about it informs television channel Fox News. The remains of a previously unknown species of lizard of the age of about 70 million years old was discovered in Patagonia, in the South of the country.
the Discovery was made by a team of 40 paleontologists, and it consisted of Japanese scientists from the Tokyo National Museum. The expedition started in March. During the month the researchers studied the rocky district in the South-West of the province of Santa Cruz.
They have a large collection of fossils. Among them are the remains of a huge animal, belonging to the family of dinosaurs Megaraptoridae.
These megaraptor were a group of predators that inhabited South America, Asia and Australia during the Cretaceous period. They had a fine and lightweight skeleton, and a long tail that was used as a “booster”.
they had a powerful and long hind limbs enable them to run fast. But their main feature was the frightening claws, the length of which reached 35 centimeters. Scientists believe that these claws and powerful toothy jaws and strong muscles, was the main weapon of megaraptor.
they differed, for example, from the famous VelociRaptor or Tyrannosaurus Rex. The length of these previously unknown predators accounted for 10 meters. Paleontologists believe that the main prey of megaraptor was a small herbivorous animals ornithopoda. Their remains were also found in the area.
in addition, last year there was discovered the skeleton of ornithopod Isasicursor, whose age is about 70 million years. This means that megaraptor lived at one time with them. By the way, these predators was three times larger than the velociraptors, and lived at the end of the dinosaur era.