A site in northern Italy has been churning out dinosaur discoveries for the past 25 years. Researchers have now discovered the largest and most complete dinosaur skeleton found in the country at the site. The fossils of 11 dinosaurs have been unearthed in the Vilgio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry close to the north-eastern port city of Trieste. The skeletons belong to the species Tethyshadros insularis, which lived 80 million years ago.
The site – which formed part of the ancient Mediterranean region 80 million years ago – first came to prominence after the discovery of one in 1996. dinosaur The skeleton which paleontologists have named Antonio. He initially thought it was a “dwarf species”, but later research disputed this. Now, researchers believe that Antonio was a juvenile or young dinosaur.
Paleontologists have now named the largest fossil remains of the group “Bruno”.
Lead researcher Federico Fanti said Italy is not known for dinosaurs. And, although some fossils were previously found there, researchers now have a whole bunch at one dinosaur site. “Bruno is the largest and oldest of the group, and the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in Italy,” explained Fanti. Guardian,
“We knew there were dinosaurs at the site after Antonio’s discovery, but until now no one has actually checked to see how many there are. Now we have several bones from the same herd.”
Researchers have also found fossilized remains of fish, crocodiles, flying reptiles and even small shrimp at the site. Some of the fossils are on display at the Civil Museum of Natural History in Trieste.
The latest findings have been published in scientific report magazine.
“The Villagio del Pescator mine stands out as the most informative locality within the Pali-Mediterranean region and represents the first, multi-individual Conservat-Lagerstatt type dinosaur-bearing terrain in Italy,” the researchers wrote.