Ancient Discoveries: Fossilized Remains of Up to 11 Creatures Unearthed Near Trieste, Including Largest Dinosaur Ever Found in Italy - Media News 48

Ancient Discoveries: Fossilized Remains of Up to 11 Creatures Unearthed Near Trieste, Including Largest Dinosaur Ever Found in Italy

The biggest and most complete dinosaur ever found in Italy is among the remains of up to 11 such creatures uncovered by paleontologists.

In a first, fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs found in Italy - World News

Fossilised skeletons belonging to the species Tethyshadros insularis were discovered at a site called Villaggio del Pescatore near Trieste.

Researchers said the dinosaur lived on an island of the European archipelago in the Tethys Ocean 80 million years ago.

Fossilised skeletons belonging to the species Tethyshadros insularis (pictured in an artist’s impression) were discovered at a site called Villaggio del Pescatore near Trieste

The skeleton of Bruno, an adult Tethyshadros insularis described in this new study

It had been believed that the first Tethyshadros insularis skeleton found at the site was a ‘dwarf species’, but the latest study by the University of Bologna disputes this.

Tethyhadros skeleton on display in Trieste (2009) Fabio Della Vecchia leading tour of the quarry where Antonio, and several other specimens were recovered.

The team of experts said ‘Antonio’, as the first skeleton was dubbed, was actually a young dinosaur after discovering another one named ‘Bruno’ that was bigger in size and may still have been growing at the time of its death.

Skeletal reconstructions of the two Tethyshadros insularis dinosaurs, with the younger specimen nicknamed ‘Antonio’ above and the older, newly-described skeleton of ‘Bruno’ below

The bones of ‘Antonio’ under the microscope, showing the bone cells (black, circled dots). The fossilised bone tissues were analysed to calculate the age of the dinosaurs at the time of death

The study found there were at least seven and probably 11 dinosaurs at Villaggio del Pescatore

The study found there were at least seven and probably 11 dinosaur skeletons at Villaggio del Pescatore, as well as the remains of fish, crocodiles, flying reptiles and even small crustaceans.

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It also suggests that the site is about 10 million years older than previously thought, dating back around 80 million years to the Cretaceous period.

At that time, what is now north-eastern Italy was a land facing a vast ocean but connected to western Europe and Asia.

Fossils from a herd of 11 dinosaurs have been found in Italy - BBC Newsround

This means that not only small islands made up the ancient Mediterranean, but many migratory routes for large terrestrial animals like the dinosaurs might have been possible across land bridges of what we nowadays call Italy.

The research has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The skull of ‘Bruno’, the newly described skeleton of the dinosaur Tethyshadros insularis

The paleontological site of Villaggio del Pescatore, with experts working to extract the fossils from the ‘dinosaur trove’

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