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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In Siberia discovered a new species of giant dinosaur


A group of Russian scientists from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tomsk have examined the remains of a dinosaur belonging to the order of the sauropods, the largest dinosaurs on the planet. As it turned out, herbivorous lizard belongs to a new species. The dinosaur got the name “cyberotica” because it was discovered in Siberia and refers to titanosauriform.A group of Russian scientists from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tomsk have examined the remains of a dinosaur belonging to the order of the sauropods, the largest dinosaurs on the planet. As it turned out, herbivorous lizard belongs to a new species. The dinosaur got the name “cyberotica” because it was discovered in Siberia and refers to titanosauriform.

photo: courtesy of the press service of the Tomsk state University

As reported in the press release of Tomsk state University, the remains of a new species was discovered in 2008 in the context of the Yar Shestakovsky in the Kemerovo region — this point is known because it has in the past found many dinosaur bones of different types. Scientists have managed to recreate almost the whole sacrum and to mount the part of the scapula and the cervical vertebrae of the animal.

After reviewing several isolated vertebrae, presumably belonging to one individual, the researchers came to the conclusion that it belongs to titanosauriform — these animals can reach a length of 35-40 meters and weigh up to 100 tons. They were herbivorous and had a pretty small sized teeth up to six inches, is designed for shearing leaves.

A new species from its closest known relatives were distinguished by the presence of five sacral vertebrae and sacral ribs, oriented radially, that is in the shape of a star. Also on the neural arch of a vertebra tuloviŝnaâ dinosaur was a special comb. According to experts, in the past dinosaurs with similar features of the structure, finding it was not possible.

New species received a Latin name Sibirotitan astrosacralis, which translates as “Cyberotica Zvezdochetova”. The researchers note that the length of a dinosaur could reach up to 20 meters and a weight of 50 tons, and this justified the first part of its name.

Scientific research dedicated to new species, was published in the journal Geobios.

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