New dinosaur species identified in Spain

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A fossilised jawbone recovered from the Spanish metropolis of Castellón has now been identified to belong to a brand new genus and species of dinosaur. It was named Portellsaurus sosbaynati, in honour of Vicent Sos Baynat, a Spanish geologist who was born in Castello ´de la Plana. The genus title combines the title of Portell, the city in which the fossil was found, with the Greek sauros which suggests lizard. It belonged to a subgroup of dinosaurs referred to as Styracosterna.

The specimen was found in 1998 and saved in the Cinctorres Museum. New research on the specimen revealed that the herbivorous species roamed the realm through the early Cretaceous interval or about 130 million years in the past. The collected jaw belonged to a big particular person who was about 20-26 toes in size.

Phylogenetic or evolutionary research revealed that the brand new species was carefully associated to Ouranosaurus nigeriensis and Bolong yixianensis – two dinosaurs that lived in Niger and China, respectively. The findings had been revealed final week in PLOS ONE.

The authors word that that is the primary styracosternan dinosaur species identified from Margas de Mirambell Formation of Spain. This “indicates that the Iberian Peninsula was home to a highly diverse assemblage of medium-to-large bodied styracosternan hadrosaur forms during the Early Cretaceous.”

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