In Argentina discovered the remains of a new species of dinosaur
MOSCOW, 5 Feb — RIA Novosti. Remains of a new species of dinosaur, which scared off predators with the help of long studs on the back, found in Argentina, reports the Internet-the portal Phys.org with reference to researchers.
As noted, the skeleton of the head and neck plant-eating dinosaur that lived about 140 million years ago have been found in the Argentine Patagonia. Reproduction of the finds were exhibited in the Scientific and cultural center of Buenos Aires. A new species of dinosaur from the family of dicraeosaurids got the name Bajadasaurus pronuspinax.
“We expect that these long and sharp spines very long and thin on the neck and back Bajadasaurus and amargasaurus kind cazaui served to scare away predators,” said one of the study’s authors Pablo Gallina.
The scientist also noted that the spikes could represent an open bone structure or to be covered with leather. In addition, they may have a keratin sheath, like the horns of many mammals. “Perhaps, in the case of attack or attacks other animals, they easily broke,” — said the researcher.
Experts also suggest that spikes was involved in the regulation of body temperature of the animal and made it more attractive to the opposite sex.
The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.