An amazing scientific discovery by Russian scientists reveals that fossils of a new species of dinosaur which roamed the earth 100 million years ago, have been found. This is an additional evidence that science has really gone a long way and with the advancement of its technology, one can only say, it can never go wrong.
Tagged with the nickname the Sibirosaurus, the creature is thought to be related to the giant Titanosaurs, which could grow to a height of 40 metres and could weigh up to 90 tonnes.
The find happened in Russia when experts discovered fossils encased in rocks on the banks of the Kiya River in Western Siberia in 2008.
Scientists from Tomsk State University found it hard to remove the rocks, so, what they did instead was to extract fragments of the fossils from the sandstone for examination.
One of the scientific researcher, in the name of Dr Stepan Ivantsov, from the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, said they originally believed that the remains were that of a very large herbivore. Many years of painstaking research were spent that paved the way for the discovery of a new dinosaur.
The researcher went on saying, “When we discovered this finding, it was crystal clear that the remains belonged to a very large herbivorous dinosaur from the sauropods group. It was the first scientifically described dinosaur from this group in Russia.”
“Now after work on the extraction of all the remnants and the restoration (of the bones) almost completed, we can confidently say that we have found a new species, and maybe even genus,” he added.
Speaking about the discovery, the scientists could only say that the dinosaur lived in the Late Cretaceous period, about a hundred million years ago.
Science experts also believe that a dinosaur’s foot found at the same location in 1995 may also belong to the same species.
Dr Ivantsov said that they constantly find remains of dinosaurs on a site near Shestakovo village which regularly fell down from the steep river bank and so they collect them.
Soon, bones including part of a shoulder blade will be exhibited permanently inside a Paleontological Museum at Tomsk State University.