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Fossils of a recently discovered dinosaur species in Argentina is a "missing link" in the evolution of the long-necked giants that roamed the earth millions of years ago, paleontologists said.
Paleontologists see the recently discovered Leonerasaurus Taquetransis as the connection between the smaller prosauropods -- also known as near-sauropods -- like Sellosaurus and Plateosaurus from the Triassic period (248-205 million years ago) to their much larger descendants, the sauropods.
Leonerasaurus lived some 10 million years before the sauropods and measured a mere three meters (yards) long
"The importance of this find is that it is a new species. It gives us information on the origin of the sauropods,"
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Pretty interesting, click the link to see the image
that's 10 million years before the Sauropods,that's quite alot
Now you think of evolution, look at his bone structure, seems capable of much more agility, speed and flexibility than so many other dinosaurs i've seen so many millions of years after this one.
Originally posted by Phantom28804
reply to post by ModernAcademia
That's awesome!! I am glad they never stopped looking for dinosaur fossils! I was worried they would give it up like they have done other ventures. Well i guess give up is a bad way of putting it. Put less resources into it. Nice find by the way =0) S&F for you.
Originally posted by superwurzel666
Back in the time of the dinosaurs, was Patagonia still part of South America, or was it part of Africa, or some kind of landmass of its own? If it was still linked to one of the other continents then it would be easy to see how it could share a common ancestry with species elsewhere, since the ancestor population would still be inhabiting the same patch of land, before it broke up.