Argentine titanosaur could be oldest ever found Study News Today

  • | Tuesday | 2nd March, 2021

Chennai: A colossal dinosaur dug up in Argentina could be the oldest titanosaur ever found having roamed what is now Patagonia some 140 million years ago at the beginning of the Cretaceous period scientists said. The 65-foot lizard Ninjatitan zapatai was discovered in 2014 in the Neuquen province of southwest Argentina the La Matanza University reported on its analysis. “The main importance of this fossil apart from being a new species of titanosaur is that it is the oldest recorded for this group worldwide” a statement quoted researcher Pablo Gallina of the Conicet scientific council as saying. Fossils from 140 million years ago are 'really very scarce' said Gallina main author of a study published in the Argentinian scientific journal Ameghiniana. The creature was named after Argentinian paleontologist Sebastian Apesteguia nicknamed 'El Ninja' and technician Rogelio Zapata.

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