Archaeologists Unearth Fossil Of Meat-Eating Dinosaur Species, Spinosaurus In Spain

by Vaishalee Kalvankar

I am sure all of you have watched Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, or probably both! How many of you adventurous people actually wanted to be in that world? I didn’t! Well, taking us back to these old days is this new discovery. The discovery illuminates the traits of Spinosaurus, a remarkably productive group of carnivorous dinosaurs. I am sure many of you dinophiles are excited to know about it, so keep reading!

Fossils Of Spinosaurus In Spain

Researchers have found dinosaur species’ fragmentary skeleton . It was dicovered in the Castellon’s Spanish region. The discovery shed light on the traits of a remarkably productive clade of carnivorous dinosaurs, Spinosaurus. 

Protathlitis cinctorrensis was a specific dinosaur that lived between 126 and 127 million years ago. It was around 10 to 11 metres long and weighed about 2 tonnes. Spinosaurus are the largest carnivorous dinosaurs.

Theropods, which include all meat-eating dinosaurs, are a bigger category that includes Spinosaurus. They include prominent species like the  the giganotosaurus genus from South America and the Tyrannosaurus genus from North America, as well as carnivorous birds. 

On the basis of a fragmentary skeleton, which includes the right upper jawbone, one tooth, and five vertebrae, the archaeologists described the specimen as that of a Protathlitis. (As per Geo News)


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Different Approach To Hunting

The Tethys Sea, an ancient ocean that included the modern Mediterranean Sea, was home to Protathlitis in a coastal zone. Protathlitis had a different approach to hunting than several spinosaurus thought to have been primarily fish hunters and semi-aquatic in nature. The species was spotted in the coastal area, which suggests a distinct ecological niche. 

During the Cretaceous Period, spinosaurus were common and lived throughout South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As there very less fossils left, Scientists are still trying to understand their early history and global distribution. (As per Geo News)


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