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Wild Titanosaurus |  New species of dinosaurs have been described in Bahia

Wild Titanosaurus | New species of dinosaurs have been described in Bahia

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A new Brazilian dinosaur has been found and described in Bahia, and it has a very strange name – Titanosaurus dairbiana – By the responsible scientists, coming from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). This species consists of a small herbivorous animal that lived in the Reconcavo Bayano area, and its remains were found on Plataforma Beach in the capital, Salvador.

The work was coordinated by Valeria Gallo and Camila Bandeira, researchers at the Roberto Alcantara Gómez Institute of Biology (Ibrag) at UERJ, and was based on fossils discovered between 1859 and 1906, which the team reanalyzed. The remains, which were considered lost, were found in the Natural History Museum in London, United Kingdom.

According to the UERJ, the artifacts represent the first fossilized dinosaur bones found throughout South America. Their re-evaluation reveals important information about the prehistoric fauna of the region.

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Representation of the fauna found in the Reconcavo Bayano Formation during the Lower Cretaceous (Photo: Matthews Gadelha/Historical Biology)

a T Derbiana It represents the first animal of Brazil's panoply, a herbivorous dinosaur with a beak-shaped snout and a bird-like pelvis, descended from the great reptiles of the past. Since it dates back to 130 million years ago, i.e. from the pre-Baremian era, this discovery is very rare, even on a global level, according to Camila Bandera.

the name Titanosaurus It is a tribute to the work of the Bahrain writer – a compatriot of the dinosaur – Jorge Amado, who lived and wrote in El Salvador Tita de AgresteIt is one of his most famous works. Tita, in itself, is a nickname for the name Antonetta, which in turn means “priceless”, referring to the great value of the find.

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The specific name of the species, Derbyana, honors Orville A. Derby, founder and first director of the Geological and Mineralogical Service of Brazil (SGB) and director of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. He was a pioneer in paleontology in the Reconcavo Bayano Basin, and fought for the advancement of science and geosciences in Brazil. An article describing the new species was published on April 11 in the scientific journal Historical biology.

source: Historical biology, New rate

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