In France found a two-meter femur of a dinosaur

Pablo Tucker
July 29, 2019

The Angeac-Charente excavation site is a 140-million-year-old former marshland and is now vineyards around Cognac.

Volunteers from the National Museum of Natural History discovered the enormous, two-meter long femur bone nestled in a thick layer of clay. "I was particularly amazed at the state of preservation of this femur".

The two-metre long femur was discovered this week at Angeac-Charente, a site in the southwest of the country where remains of some of the largest animals that ever lived on land have been dug up since 2010. Another large pelvic bone was also found nearby.

"These are animals that probably weighed 40 to 50 tonnes".

"And in a state of exceptional conservation", said Jean-François Tournepiche, curator of the Angouleme Museum, in an interview.

More than 7,500 fossils from at least 40 species have been recovered since 2010, making the former marsh one of the most important such sites in Europe. Allain added that finding fossils of this size is "very uncommon", as they generally collapse on themselves and break up into pieces.

The femur found is believed to have belonged to a sauropod, a plant-eating dinosaur with a long neck and tail. The Jurassic period Sauropod, the largest herbivorous dinosaur known to date, was discovered nestled in a thick layer of clay by a team of volunteer excavators from the National Museum of Natural History working at the palaeontological site.

It had said the cranium was found within the formation of the Hell's Creek, spanning Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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