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Spain: New species of carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Valencia

1 24.08.2019 Инфо

M/S Fossilised bones of newly discovered dinosaur, 'Vallibonavenatrix Cani,' Sant Mateu, Spain
C/U Fossilised bone
C/U Fossilised bone
M/S Discoverer and museum owner Juan Cano showing employee fossils
M/S Cano showing fossils
SOT, Juan Cano, Discoverer and museum owner (Spanish): "One of the days we did, we went to Vallibona, we didn't even think we would make this discovery, we were looking for other fossils."
C/U Cano holding fossil
SOT, Juan Cano, Discoverer and museum owner (Spanish): "My oldest son, Juan Victor Cano, saw a bright flash and that caught my attention, I told him to look at it well. He went there and said" Dad! It's a piece of rib! It was a rib in a fantastic state of preservation, it looked like glass."
C/U Fossil
C/U Fossils
M/S Fossils in case
M/S Museum
W/S Museum
W/S Sant Mateu, where museum is located
W/S Area fossils were found with Palaeontologist and excavation director Jose Miguel Gasulla taking photo in background
M/S Area fossils were found
SOT, Jose Miguel Gasulla, Palaeontologist and excavation director (Spanish): "This is where dinosaurs were found, the remains that have been located, in the different excavations that have been made. This is the area."
M/S Gasulla taking photo
SOT, Jose Miguel Gasulla, Palaeontologist and excavation director (Spanish): "It has been studied in detail (the bones) and we have seen that it had similarities with the Spinosaurs, and from that moment we began a much deeper investigation with a detailed analysis of all the remains that were found at that time."
W/S Hillside
SOT, Jose Miguel Gasulla, Palaeontologist and excavation director (Spanish): "Vallibonavenatrix is the name of the dinosaur we have described. Vallibonavenatrix means 'huntress of the Vallibona', we wanted to make a wink since they are always described (dinosaurs) with male names and we have preferred in this case to be a female name, Vallibonavenatrix does reference to that, the huntress of the Vallibona, Cani, which is her middle name, refers to the discoverer of this new taxon."
W/S Town of Vallibona
W/S Town of Vallibona
SCRIPT
A new carnivorous, medium-sized theropod dinosaur, named Vallibonavenatrix Cani, has been discovered based on fossils from the shelves of a private museum in Sant Mateu, near the Spanish city of Valencia.
Juan Cano, who discovered the fossils and runs the museum, showed off his collection on Friday, after the discovery of the new species was published in the journal 'Cretaceous Research' on Monday.
"My oldest son, Juan Victor Cano, saw a bright flash and that caught my attention, I told him to look at it well. He went there and said "Dad! It's a piece of rib! It was a rib in a fantastic state of preservation, it looked like glass," recounted Cano, describing the discovery of the fossils near the town of Vallibona.
The dinosaur, which inhabited the region some 125 million years ago, is the first spinosaurid to be discovered in the Iberian peninsula. The spinosaurids were a group of large two-legged carnivores and possessed long crocodile like skulls, with many thought to survive largely off of fish.
"Vallibonavenatrix means 'huntress of the Vallibona', we wanted to make a wink since they (dinosaurs) are always described with male names and we have preferred in this case to be a female name," explained palaeontologist and excavation director Jose Miguel Gasulla.
The remains, the first ones found as early as the 1990s, had been wrongly identified as a different species, but suspicions it could be a new type of spinosaurid theropod led to more in-depth analysis and finally the identification that it was a new species.