Meet ‘Cold Bone’: Newly-discovered dinosaur that was 13ft long, weighed up to a tonne and was an ancient ancestor to diplodocus is found in Greenland

Meet Cold Bone Newly-discovered dinosaur that was 13ft long, weighed up to a tonne and was an ancient ancestor to diplodocus is found in Greenland

Meet ‘Cold Bone’: Newly-discovered dinosaur that was 13ft long, weighed up to a tonne and was an ancient ancestor to diplodocus is found in Greenland

Newly-discovered plant-eating dinosaur reached 13 feet long and five feet tall

Experts called species Cold Bone after its remains were found in east Greenland

Cold Bone was alive during the late Triassic period around 214 million years ago

A newly-discovered species of dinosaur that reached 13 feet long, five foot tall and weighed up to a tonne was an ancestor of diplodocus, scientists have revealed.

Researchers report the unearthing of two almost complete skull fossils of the plant-eating dinosaur in Jameson Land, east Greenland.

The new dinosaur species honours the local Inuit language – its scientific name Issi saaneq means ‘Cold Bone’.

Previously mistaken for an already-existing species, Cold Bone lived during the late Triassic period approximately 214 million years ago when East Greenland was connected to Europe.

Cold Bone belongs to a group of long-necked dinosaurs called the sauropodomorphs, which includes the sauropods.

Some of the largest terrestrial animals of all time later evolved from this group, including diplodocus.

An international team of palaeontologists from Brazil, Portugal, Germany and Denmark have detailed the species in a study published in the journal Diversity.

‘Compared to the long-necked dinosaurs that came after, Issi would have been a very small animal,’ said study author Victor Bennari at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

‘Some sauropods could reach over 80 feet in length and weigh more than 65 tons.’

The new species is among the first sauropodomorphs to have lived on the northern hemisphere, the researchers say.

Source: Daily mail

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Meet ‘Cold Bone’: Newly-discovered dinosaur that was 13ft long, weighed up to a tonne and was an ancient ancestor to diplodocus is found in Greenland

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