- 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: "The bones found were the pelvic bone, three vertebrae, and some that we have not yet identified. A phylogenetic analysis was done with those (pieces) we identified, identifying which species the animal belonged to, and also allowing us to see that it was a new animal."
- 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: LVA002EWRXA2V
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- 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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