Iberian team discovers 68 million-year-old dinosaur eggs in the Pyrenees
Eggs belong to sauropod tyrannosaurus dinosaurs, a four-legged herbivorous species that could reach 30 meters in length.
Portuguese and Spanish paleontologists are digging a 68 million-year-old deposit of dinosaur eggs near the Pyrenees in Spain, said one of the researchers, who hopes to be able to find the country’s first dinosaur embryos.
“It is a field that is 68 million years old and has 30 eggs, but we expect it to have four different nests and more than 100 eggs,” said one of the team’s members, Miguel Moreno-Azanza.
The international team estimates that the dinosaur eggs, in good condition, belong to sauropod tyrannosaurus dinosaurs, four-legged herbivores with tails and long necks, which can reach 30 meters in length.
Given the state of conservation, “embryos may be found, which would be the first ones discovered in Spain and would belong to the last dinosaurs in Europe”, pointed out the researcher, recalling that the findings are rare worldwide.
The deposit was found at the end of 2019 by José Manuel Gasca, Spanish paleontologist and adept at trail running, during a training session.
Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, fieldwork started only a week ago and will continue until October.
The excavations are being carried out by a team composed of researchers from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Museu de Lourinhã, in Portugal, and from the Aragosaurus Group at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain.
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