Scientists unearth megaraptors, feathered dinosaur fossils in Chile’s Patagonia

By means of Marion Giraldo

(Reuters) – Scientists in Chile’s Patagonia area are unearthing the southernmost dinosaur fossils recorded out of doors Antarctica, together with stays of megaraptors that will have ruled the world’s meals chain prior to their mass extinction.

Fossils of megaraptors, a carnivorous dinosaur that inhabited portions of South The united states throughout the Cretaceous length some 70 million years in the past, have been present in sizes as much as 10 meters lengthy, in line with the Magazine of South American Earth Sciences.

“We have been lacking a work,” Marcelo Leppe, director of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), instructed Reuters. “We knew the place there have been massive mammals, there would even be massive carnivores, however we hadn’t discovered them but.”

The stays, recovered from Chile’s a long way south Rio de las Chinas Valley within the Magallanes Basin between 2016 and 2020, additionally come with some odd stays of unenlagia, velociraptor-like dinosaurs which most probably lived lined in feathers.

The specimens, in line with College of Chile researcher Jared Amudeo, had some traits no longer found in Argentine or Brazilian opposite numbers.

“It is usually a new species, which could be very most probably, or belong to some other circle of relatives of dinosaurs which can be carefully similar,” he stated, including extra conclusive proof is wanted.

The research additionally shed extra gentle at the prerequisites of the meteorite have an effect on on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that can have brought on the dinosaurs’ extinction some 65 million years in the past.

INACH’s Leppe pointed to a pointy drop in temperatures over present-day Patagonia and waves of intense chilly lasting as much as a number of thousand years, by contrast to the extraordinarily heat local weather that prevailed for far of the Cretaceous length.

“The large variation we’re seeing, the organic range, was once additionally responding to very robust environmental stimuli,” Leppe stated.

“This global was once already in disaster prior to (the meteorite) and that is evidenced within the rocks of the Rio de las Chinas Valley,” he stated.

(Reporting by means of Marion Giraldo; Writing by means of Sarah Morland, Modifying by means of Alistair Bell)

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