An 82ft Long Dinosaur Skeleton Has Been Found In Portugal; The Largest Ever Found In Europe

An 82ft Long Dinosaur Skeleton Has Been Found In Portugal; The Largest Ever Found In Europe

An 82-foot-long dinosaur skeleton has been found in a Portuguese man's backyard in Portugal. It could be the largest ever found in Europe.

The skeleton of a massive dinosaur was discovered in Pombal, Portugal. The fossilized skeleton of an 82ft-long dinosaur that lived up to 160 million years ago is found in man's backyard and it could be the largest ever found in Europe, according to a news release published Wednesday.

The owner was carrying out construction in his yard when he uncovered the fossils in 2017. Since then, after calling a research team, excavators have unearthed what looks to be the largest sauropod dinosaur skeleton ever found in Europe, measuring 39' tall and 82' long.

"It is not usual to find all the ribs of an animal like this, let alone in this position, maintaining their original anatomical position. This mode of preservation is relatively uncommon in the fossil record of dinosaurs, in particular sauropods, from the Portuguese Upper Jurassic," Elisabete Malafaia, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lisbon, said in a statement.

They have been collected from the site's most important elements of the skeleton, which include the vertebrae and ribs of a possible brachiosaurid sauropod, or brachiosaurus, the news release said. The dinosaur species roamed the Earth 160 to 100 million years ago.

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