- Title: New dinosaur species that roamed 70 million years ago found in Brazil
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: MONTE ALTO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PALAEONTOLOGIST, FABIANO VIDOI, SAYING: "It's a bipedal dinosaur, with short arms, around five metres (about 16 feet) long and it was at the top of the food chain in the period in which it lived, it was the predator at the time."
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 21:56
- Keywords: Brazil dinosaur discovery fossil
- Location: MONTE ALTO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL + GRAPHICS
- City: MONTE ALTO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL + GRAPHICS
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: South America / Central America,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA004EWRXA2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Palaeontologists in Brazil have discovered a new carnivorous dinosaur species that roamed the country some 70 million years ago.
Dubbed the Kurupi itaata, this bipedal predator is characterised by its strong legs and short arms. It was reportedly five metres (about 16 feet) long and had a strong, rigid tail.
Investigators found Kurupi itaata's fossilised remains in Monte Alto in Sao Paulo state, one of the country's richest sites for dinosaur findings. The dinosaur's vertebrae and pelvis have so far been identified but further research work on other fossils is still ongoing.
Excavation work in Monte Alto discovered the first piece of Kurupi itaata's fossil in 2002. Further digging at the site allowed researchers to further piece together information on the new dinosaur species.
A model of Kurupi itaata and its fossilised remains will be on show at Monte Alto's Museum of Palaeontology, with the museum's work on dinosaur discovery acclaimed the world over.
(Production: Pablo Garcia, Paul Vieira)
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