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Argentine fossils show long-necked dino family thought extinct elsewhere survived Jurassic era
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:03 PM EDT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Scientists say fossils found in Argentina's Patagonia region provide the first evidence that a family of long-necked, whip-tailed dinosaurs survived beyond the Jurassic period, when they were thought to have gone extinct.
Pablo Gallina and his team of Argentine paleontologists say the 19 vertebrae they recovered belong to a new species of Diplodocid they named "Leikupal laticauda."
That's a combination of native Mapuche words for "vanishing" and "family" and Latin for "wide" and "tail."
The team held a news conference in Buenos Aires Thursday after their conclusions were published in the PLOS ONE journal: http://tinyurl.com/lds49sr