Argentine paleontologists discovered a new species of dinosaur in Chubut

Argentine paleontologists discovered a new species of dinosaur in Chubut
Argentine paleontologists discovered a new species of dinosaur in Chubut

The Egidio Feruglio Museum reported that Argentine paleontologists discovered a new species of dinosaur in Chubut. Is about Koleken inakayali, a carnivore that lived 65 million years ago in Patagonia. The study was published by CONICET scientists and collaborators from other countries in the scientific journal Cladistics. He belongs to the family of the renowned Carnotaurusin the territory of Gondwana.

The discovered species belongs to the family of abelisauridrecognized worldwide by one of its most famous members the Carnotaurus on the continent, explained Dr. Diego Pol (CONICET-MACN), leader of the research project.

The discovery was made in the La Colonia geological formation, in Chubutthrough a joint project with the National University of Río Negro, the Félix Azara Foundation, the Bernardino Rivadavia Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences and the Egidio Feruglio Paleontological Museum.

As the researchers explained, the name Koleken inakayali comes from Tehuelches and means that it comes from clay and water: “Referring to the fact that the sediments in which the fossil remains were found were clays deposited in an estuary 69 million years ago. Name inakayali pays tribute to the Tehuelche chief Inakayal“Pol added.

Paleontologists were able to recover a partial skeleton that includes several bones from the skull, from the back, a complete hip, a complete chain. Plus several tail and leg bones.

Koleken reinforces the idea that several species of abelisaurids coexisted in the same habitats during that period. Furthermore, he shows that abelisaurids were very diverse compared to other dinosaur groups. We thought these were the dominant carnivores when the great extinction occurred that wiped out the dinosaurs from our planet.”explained Mattia Antonio Baiano (CONICET-MEB, UNRN).


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