PARIS — The thigh bone of a large dinosaur was discovered this week by French paleontologists at an excavation website in southwestern France the place stays of a few of the largest animals that ever lived on land have been dug up since 2010.
The 2-metre lengthy femur on the Angeac-Charente website is assumed to have belonged to a sauropod, herbivorous dinosaurs with lengthy necks and tails which have been widespread within the late Jurassic period, over 140 million years in the past.
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“This is a major discovery,” Ronan Allain, a paleontologist on the Nationwide Historical past Museum of Paris informed Reuters. “I was especially amazed by the state of preservation of that femur.”
Allain mentioned scientists on the website close to town of Cognac have discovered greater than 7,500 fossils of greater than 40 totally different species since 2010, making it one of many largest such finds in Europe.
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