A pair of researchers from the US National Museum of Natural History and the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered the first known example of a Rebbachizaurid dinosaur found in Asia. Alexander Averyanov and Hans-Dieter Seuss wrote an article describing their find.
Until the new discovery, rebbachisauridae dinosaurs were found only in North America, North Africa and Europe. They were sauropods, a group that includes the largest dinosaurs. However, the remains that Averyanov and Seuss discovered belong to a new genus and species, the “cousin” of the diplodocus. It is the largest of the large dinosaurs. Scientists named the new species Dzharatitanis kingi
It is noteworthy that D. kingi represents both a new species and a new genus in the already existing family of rebbachizaurids, which were sauropods – the largest creatures on Earth.
The find by which scientists have identified a new species of dinosaurs is just a tailbone. The bone was found in the Kyzylkum desert in Uzbekistan. Previous research has shown that during the time of the dinosaurs, the area was likely coastal and one of the westernmost parts of Asia. Archaeologists call it the “dinosaur graveyard”.
Examination of the bone made it possible to determine that it belongs to a sauropod, a dinosaur with a very long neck. She allowed the herbivore to get food from the trees. The long tail, small head and large body were carried on the massive legs of the sauropod. He would also have very long, sharp teeth. The size of the bone suggests that the dinosaur was between 15 and 20 meters tall. Dating has shown that it is about 90 million years old. This means that the remains belong to one of the most recent rebbachizaurids discovered to date.