They identify a new species of dinosaur that inhabited the deserts of Central Asia about 90 million years ago

The researchers estimate that the newly discovered sauropod could be between 15 and 20 meters long.

Researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution in the United States identified a new species of dinosaur that inhabited Central Asia during the Late Cretaceous, more than 90 million of years, and specifically in the present Dzharakuduk region, in the central deserts of Uzbekistan.

As detailed by researchers in a study published this Wednesday in PLOS ONE, the results of a phylogenetic analysis carried out in an anterior caudal vertebra, which was found in the Bissekty Formation, showed characteristics that allowed identifying that the remains belonged to a new species of sauropods, baptized ‘Dzharatitanis kingi’.

In the same way, scientists discovered that the new species, the first of its kind to have been found in Asia, shares characteristics with the rebachisaurids found in Wessex (United Kingdom), so they suspect that it is a derivation of their relatives Europeans.

Hans-Dieter Sues, study co-author, explained that like other known sauropods, the ‘Dzharatitanis’ would have had a long and thin neck, a relatively small head compared to the body, and a very long tail. Despite not having more remains that allow them to accurately determine the size of the dinosaur, the scientist estimates that it could have been between 15 and 20 meters long.

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“We are still trying to understand how these animals were distributed during the Cretaceous, since Europe was basically a series of islands big and small, while we have that huge land mass that was Asia, connected to the east with North America.” In any case, he said, the intention is that his work and that of his colleague, Alexander Averianov, contribute to the understanding of this process.

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