Dinosaurs may have survived beyond the Jurassic period, according to Argentine palaeontologists who have discovered new fossils.
The remains found in Patagonia, South America, apparently showed diplodocid sauropods lived long after they were thought to have died out.
‘Diplodocids were never certainly recognized from the Cretaceous or in any other southern land mass besides Africa,’ said a report published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal.
‘The new discovery represents the first record of a diplodocid for South America and the stratigraphically youngest record of this clade anywhere.’
Paleobiologist Paul Upchurch at University College London, a sauropod expert who was not involved in the study, said the fossils suggested not all diplodocids were killed at the end of the Jurassic period around 140 million years ago.
He added: ‘Here’s evidence that one or two groups got through. Rather than a total extinction, that it was devastating, but it didn’t completely kill them off.’
The research was partly funded by The Jurassic Foundation, formed by producers of the Jurassic Park films.
16 May 2014 | 7:52 pm – Source: metro.co.uk