Paleontologists have discovered a new species of 16-foot-long dinosaur that roamed Brazil 70 million years ago.
Analysis of the fossils revealed that the terrifying predator, named Kurupi itaata by the researchers, had small arms, a solid tail, and was well adapted for running.
His remains were found in Monte Alto, a town in the state of São Paulo that is one of Brazil’s richest sites for dinosaur discoveries.
The new species belongs to the class Abelisaurids, the dominant predators of the southern hemisphere, around the same time that tyrannosaurs roamed North America and Asia.
While Abelisaurids resembled a T-Rex in general appearance with short, small arms, they had unusually short, deep skulls and often bore horns.
Dr Fabiano Vidoi Iori, of the Paleontological Museum, said: “The bones found were pelvic bones, three vertebrae, some of which we have not yet identified. A genetic analysis was carried out with those (pieces) we identified, which later revealed the species to which the animal belonged, Which also let us know it was a new animal.”
The researchers also looked at whether the bones had any marks, dents, weathering or tooth marks.
The results indicate that the dinosaur’s body remained on the surface of the earth for a short period before it was finally buried.
There were also no signs of scratches, which means that the bones of the Kurupi itaata were not carried far from where she died to where they were found.
The researchers said that the species lived in an arid environment with little rain, along with forms of pyrosaurian crocodiles – dog-like carnivores that were diverse and abundant in Gondwan lands during the Cretaceous period.
They said the name Kurupi referred to a mythical beast from the indigenous culture of Guarani, the god of fertility and sexuality.
“The choice of name is due to the fact that the fossils were found in the Paraiso Motel area,” they wrote in their paper.
Itaata comes from the indigenous Tupi and has two roots: ita for rock and atã for steel, referring to the very strong rocks of the Marília Formation in the Monte Alto regions.
Now, a model from the Kurupi Itaata will be on display at Monte Alto’s Museum of Paleontology.
He described the new discovery of Kurupi itaata in magazine Geosciences in South America.
Source: Daily Mail
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