Meet Sarmientosaurus, The New Dinosaur

Meet Sarmientosaurus, The New Dinosaur
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On Tuesday, the whole world welcomed the new addition to known dinosaurs, and it was named the Sarmientosaurus.


According to paleontologists who discovered the Sarmientosaurus, the newly discovered dinosaur, which belong to a group called titanosaurs, was a plant-eater type that could grow up to 40 meters tall.

The naming of the newly known dinosaur was officially announced in a paper published in journal PLOS ONE on Tuesday. In the paper, paleontologists were able to identify and confirm the new species by putting together pieces of fossilized bones unearthed in parts of South America.

The new species of dinosaur recently discovered in Argentina was described as having a drooping head and relatively bulging eyes. Aside from its physical features, scientists were also able to identify that it had a relatively sensitive sense of hearing.

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Paleontologists from various organizations, museums, and universities across the world collaborated in the discovery of the new dinosaur species. The study was funded by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the National Science Foundation.

“In sum, the new Patagonian sauropod provides critical insights into the cranial and cervical anatomy of basal members of Titanosauria, which in turn enhances our understanding of the evolutionary history and paleobiology of this extraordinarily diverse and abundant herbivorous dinosaur clade,” the researchers wrote.

Commenting on the newly named species of dinosaur, Dr. Matthew Lamanna of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh told the New York Times that researchers still have to learn a lot about this new dinosaur species, especially its brain.

“This group, to me, they’re quite mysterious. By combining data from these different discoveries, we’re gradually building up a picture as to what the biology of these animals was like. In other words, what makes the largest land animals of all time tick?” Dr. Lamanna was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

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