Scientists have discovered remains of a new species of dinosaur in northern Chile.
Scientists have named the new dinosaur species Arackar licanantay, which means “Atacama bones” in the indigenous Kunza language.
A team led by Chilean geologist Carlos Arevalo unearthed the dinosaur remains in the Atacama desert, which is known as the world’s driest desert, located 75 kilometers south of the city of Copiapó.
The team identified the remains as parts of a humerus, a femur and the ischium, and bones of the neck and back.
According to the study published in the academic journal Cretaceous Research last April 19, the dinosaur is the third species named in Chile and the third titanosaur from the western side of the Andes in South America.
The study also described the dinosaur as a plant-eating titanosaur with a small head, long neck and tail, and an unusually flat back.
The study suggested that the dinosaur lived in what would have been a lush landscape of plants millions of years ago.
“This represents a relevant milestone from the Chilean paleontological heritage,” David Rubilar, the head of the paleontology area of Chile’s Museum of Natural History, said in a report by BBC News.
The museum will eventually exhibit the remains when it reopens once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
The team first discovered the skeleton parts of the new dinosaur species in the 1990s, then carried out research in the 2000s.
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