Remains of giant dinosaur discovered on Antarctica
London: Palaeontologists claim to have found the remains of a titanosaur, the family of giant plant-eating dinosaurs, on Antarctica.
An Argentinian-led team has discovered the fossil of a tail bone belonging to the titanosaur on James Ross Island.
Titanosaurs were sauropods -- four-legged herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails. Their remains have been found around the world but this is the first evidence they may have roamed Antarctica.
The scientists identified the remains as belonging to a lithostrotian titanosaur from the Late Cretaceous period of around 70 million years ago. The land mass was then rich in plant life, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
The find consists of section of vertebrae almost 20 centrimetre long believed to have come from the middle third of the dinosaur`s tail.
Dr Ignacio Alejandro Cerda at Conicet Research Institute, who led the research team, said: "Our finding indicates that advanced titanosaurs achieved a global distribution at least by the Late Cretaceous."
Titanosaurs included the mighty Argentinosaurus, which may have reached 100ft in length. However the discovery of a single vertebrae fossil yielded too little information to allow speculation about the dinosaur`s species.
The findings have been published in the latest edition of the `Naturwissenschaften` journal.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Highlights - India vs England 2nd ODI in Cuttack
- Donald Trump to be sworn in as 45th US President today
- Etah: School bus collides with truck, several children killed
- J&K: LeT militant gunned down by security forces in Bandipora
- Exclusive: Srinagar freezes at minus 3; common man struggles for basic commodities
- WATCH: MS Dhoni asks Jasprit Bumrah to go easy after he hurriedly ran out England skipper Eoin Morgan
- WATCH: How MS Dhoni saved Yuvraj Singh's wicket with another successful DRS review
- IND vs ENG, 2nd ODI: Yuvraj Singh silences critics with 14th ODI hundred, fourth against England — WATCH
- India vs England: After Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar gives Piers Morgan cricketing gyan
- Donald Trump's Inauguration Day: As it happened