22:16 / 25.02.2021
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Remains of an unknown species of dinosaur discovered in Uzbekistan

Archaeologists have reported about a surprising finding in the Kyzylkum Desert, Uzbekistan.

According to the Daily Mail, these were the remains of a tail bone belonging to a previously unknown dinosaur. This species was twice the size of a double-decker bus, up to 20 meters high, and could weigh as much as 14 African elephants.

Called Dzharatitanis kingi, it was a cousin of Diplodocus – the largest creature to ever walk the planet. Kingi inhabited a coastal plain at the westernmost point of the Asian landmass 100 million years ago when Earth’s continents were still bunched together.

The coccyx belonging to the dinosaur was dug up by an international team in the Bissekty formation, known as the “dinosaur cemetery” in Uzbekistan.

Researchers say that a huge number of mostly dissociated but often perfectly preserved skeletal remains of vertebrates have been discovered here.

The remains of Rebbachisauridae were previously found in South America, Africa, North America and Europe, and this is the first unique finding in Asia. This fact supports the theory that continents were connected in the early Cretaceous period.

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