A group of researchers from the University of Lisbon has discovered the remains of a giant dinosaur that lived on the peninsula 122 million years ago in Morella, Castellón, Spain. The dinosaur, called Garumbatitan morellensis, could reach a length of 25 meters and a height of 11 meters.
The remains were found in the Sant Antoni de la Vespa site and were collected between 2005 and 2008. The animal’s femur measures approximately two meters, similar in size to the titanosaurs, the largest known dinosaurs.
According to the study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, remains of at least four specimens were found. It is believed that this species is related to the Brachiosaurus, an herbivorous dinosaur. The researchers named it Garumbatitan morellensis in honor of the place where the remains were found.
This discovery is the result of collaboration between the group of experts from the University of Lisbon and the group for Evolutionary Biology of the Uned.
This finding provides valuable information about the diversity and size of the dinosaurs that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula millions of years ago. Garumbatitan morellensis shows us that there were dinosaurs of enormous proportions in this region during the Upper Cretaceous period.
– Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society