These could be the remains of what can be the largest dinosaur to be found in Europe.
The dinosaur measured approximately 12 meters high and 25 meters long.
The remains of this gigantic prehistoric creature have been found in a very unusual place, too: in a private backyard in Pombal, Portugal.
The story started in 2017. The owner of this private property in Pombal, Portugal, noticed the presence of strange things: several fragments of fossilized bones in his yard. At that time, he was carrying out construction works, and because he deemed those findings interesting, he contacted the specialized research team, which carried out the first excavation campaign in that same year.
Now a team of Portuguese and Spanish paleontologists working on the site comment that this could be the remains of the largest sauropod dinosaur to be found in Europe. Sauropods are herbivorous, quadrupedal dinosaurs, with long neck and tails.
“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”, says Elisabete Malafaia, Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Ciências ULisboa), Portugal.
The complete skeleton restoration of this record-breaking dinosaur is yet to be completed.