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A new ornithopod from Spain

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    Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Adam Khor

    It seems to be some sort of iguanodont but the name has not been revealed yet.


    Article is in Spanish. Here's the important stuff:
    ... at least six specimens of an eight-meter long herbivore whose main trait is the beak, very sharp and divergent (?), very different from the flat beak of other dinosaurs.
    The remains of the new dinosaur, an ornithopod, were revealed yesterday before the press by the director of the Fundación Dinópolis, Luis Alcalá, who explained that during the last two years and a half, 348 bones from six specimens of different sizes and probably both genders have been identified. Worth mentioning are three skulls, two of them fairly complete, teeth, bones from the scapula and pelvis, and limbs, vertebrae and ribs.
    Alcalá didn´t want to reveal the name of the new species for the time being, for its analysis has yet to be published in scientific journals. He did say that its age is estimated to be about 113 and 110 million years and is a relative to Iguanodon, another common dinosaur in the area.
    Alcalá also noted the importance of the fossil site, for it dates back to the Albian, the last stage of the Early Cretaceous, an age of which there are very few fossil remains in Europe.
    Besides the dinosaurs, the site has yielded numerous remains of crocodiles, turtles, fish and other known species of dinosaurs, as well as diverse plants and invertebrates- a total of about 5.000 bones
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