They have discovered fossil fragments that shed light on a new species of dinosaur, and found in our country.
There is evidence of a new species of dinosaur, and we are not going to have to go far for the discovery, because it has been found in Castellón, Spain.
Specifically, researchers have located a new specimen of dinosaur in Castellón (Spain), a new proposed species of spinosaurid.
This discovery sheds light on the fact that the Iberian Peninsula may have been home to this type of dinosaur, which had a medium to large body and used to walk on two legs.
It’s about some dinosaurs carnivores, which also used to hunt near lagoons, rivers and coasts, and it is believed that they originated in Europe, but later migrated to Africa and Asia.
The principal investigator of the discovery, Andres Santos-Cubedo and the rest of the researchers analyzed fossil fragments, specifically, a bone from the right jaw, a tooth and five vertebrae.
Some fossils dating from the Lower Cretaceous
These fossils were discovered in the Arcillas de Morella Formation in Spain, and dated to the end of the Barremian period, in the lower Cretaceous, between 127 and 126 million years ago. Based on all these data, they comment that the dinosaur could measure between 10 and 11 m long.
They identified the specimen as a new species and a new genus of spinosaurid and named it Protathlitis cinctorrensis. The first name refers to “champions” in Greek, while the second name is a tribute to the city, Cinctorres, where it was discovered.
This discovery suggests that this new species of spinosaurid appeared during the Early Cretaceous in Laurasia, which was a large area of land in the Northern Hemisphere.