It was the paleontologists of the New University of Lisbon, who discovered a new species of sauropod dinosaur, whose scientific article was published in the scientific journal “Peerj”.
Paleontologists Octávio Mateus and Emanuel Tschopp, both PhDs from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, recently discovered a new species of sauropod dinosaur, the scientific article can be consulted in the scientific journal “Peerj” where it was published this week.
The dinosaur remains on display at the Sauriermuseum Aathal in Switzerland were excavated in 1995 in Wyoming, USA, by a Swiss team headed by Hans-Jakob “Kirby” Siber and Ben Pabst.
This species of dinosaur has until now been classified as an Apatosaurus sauropod, but the existence of more anatomical details, namely “more massive legs and particularly high and triangular neck near the head”, led paleontologists linked to the New University of Lisbon to conclude that the dinosaur “is not of the genus Apatossaurus, but is rather a Galeamopus”, this genus was discovered by both in the year 2015, Octávio Mateus explained to the Lusa agency.
Galeamopus sauropod dinosaur, estimated at 150 million years old, was named Galeamopus pabsti, alluding to the genus and the researcher who discovered it in 1995, Ben Pabst.
Although remains have been found in Africa, South America and Europe, “the Upper Jurassic of the United States is the center of the biodiversity of the diplodocídeo sauropod dinosaurs”, said Octavio Mateus.
In the United States of America, more than 15 species of these giant dinosaurs, known for having long neck and tail, are known by the genera Diplodocus, Apatossaurus, Brontossaurus and Galeamopus, which, for paleontologists, is a much higher diversity than the one existing in the Upper Jurassic of Europe.
“It’s a far greater diversity than we expected”, he added.
The Portuguese Octávio Mateus and the Swiss Emanuel Tschopp, are researchers of the New University of Lisbon and also the Museum of Lourinhã. Emanuel Tschopp, is also linked to the University of Turin, located in Italy.