Longest dinosaur thigh bone in Europe found in Spain

The bone is believed to belong to a giant long-necked dinosaur weighing more than 40 tonnes.

Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 09:59 AM IST

Madrid: Palaeontologists in Spain have found the fossiled thigh bone of a dinosaur that is almost two metres in length, the longest such femur ever discovered in Europe.

The Dinopolis Foundation, a dinosaur research institute, said the 1.92-metre bone was found earlier this year at a site at Riodeva near Teruel in eastern Spain along with a 1.25-metre tibia and 15 vertebrae.

The bone is believed to belong to a giant long-necked dinosaur weighing more than 40 tonnes and measuring 30 metres, the Turiasaurus Riodevensis, first discovered in 2004 at the same site, it said in a statement.

The new fossils, in addition to those gathered in 2004, should allow the foundation to construct a skeleton of the animal, which lived some 145 million years ago, Dinopolis said.

The announcement comes two weeks after palaeontologists revealed the discovery in the same region of a new type of dinosaur with a hump that they believe is the forerunner of flesh-eating leviathans which once ruled the planet.

The fossil was uncovered in the Las Hoyas formation in central Spain`s Cuenca province, a treasure trove of finds that date to the Lower Cretaceous period of between 120 and 150 million years ago.

PTI