Archelogists Discover 72 Million-Years-Old Dinosaur Tail  

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  • National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) paleontologists work on the recovery of a fossilized tail of hadrosaur, found in Cepeda. A team have discovered the fossilized remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico. REUTERS/INAH

    National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) paleontologists work on the recovery of a fossilized tail of hadrosaur, found in Cepeda. A team have discovered the fossilized remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico. REUTERS/INAH

    TEMPO.CO, General Cepada – A team of archaeologists have discovered fossils of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in the town of General Cepada, North Mexico. The fossil is estimated to be half of the total body length of the dinosaur.

    "Francisco Aguilar from Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia [INAH] said that the unusually well-preserved' five yard-long tail was the first ever found in Mexico," Daily Mail cited.

    The team, consisting of archaeologists and students from INAH and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, identified the fossil as a Hadrosaur, known commonly as the duck-billed dinosaur.

    Archaeologists found 50 vertebrae of the tail completely intact after 20 days of excavation. Scientists also found other fossilized bones, including the dinosaur's hips.

    INAH later explained that dinosaur tail are rarely found. The new discovery could further help the scientists to understand the Hadrosaur family.

    DAILY MAIL | ANINGTIAS JATMIKA


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