Newly discovered titanosaurian dinosaur from Argentina, Sarmientosaurus
Scientists have discovered Sarmientosaurus musacchioi, a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur, based on an complete skull and partial neck fossil unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ruben Martinez from the Laboratorio de Paleovertebrados of the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco (UNPSJB), Argentina, and colleagues.
|Digital rendering of the skull of Sarmientosaurus |
[Credit: WitmerLab/Ohio University]
Sarmientosaurus musacchioi is named for the town of Sarmiento in Chubut Province, which is close to the discovery site. The species name also honors the late Dr. Eduardo Musacchio, a paleontologist and professor at the UNPSJB and friend to Dr. Martinez and other team members.
Source: PLOS [April 27, 2016]