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A dinosaur fossil, Yamanasaurus Lojaensis, discovered in Ecuador in 2017 GALO GUAMAN / INPC / AFP

The fossils of the dinosaur were exhumed two years ago, but it was last week that an Ecuadorian university revealed that it was a new species. An herbivore hitherto unknown: Yamanasaurus lojaensis.

This recently discovered dinosaur , Yamanasaurus lojaensis, had a peculiarity: its small size. It was only six meters long and two meters high, which is not common for a dinosaur from the titanosaurs group. As the name suggests, it is a family of gigantic animals, probably the most imposing creatures ever to walk the earth's ground.

But Yamanasaurus lojaensis is the youngest member of this family, in size, age, and age. The fossils of his skeleton dated from the Cetacea, 65 to 85 million years ago , make him one of the last beings to appear on Earth before the extinction of the dinosaurs .

The smallest titanosaurus

A small specimen whose bones were discovered in 2017 thanks to an old resident of the city of Yamana in Ecuador. Proud to have found a " special stone ", the octogenarian came to find the scientist Galo Guaman, head of the team of the Technical University and special Loja.

Despite the absence of a complete skeleton, the research team has prepared a photograph of the Yamanasaurus. Short legs, a long neck capable of catching food up to 3 meters high, a powerful tail and a protective armor on the back: this is the profile of this mini-Latin American titanosaur that we almost never heard talk.

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Dpto. Geología y Minas #UTPL, apoyados por equipo argentino, presentan resultados of the investigation científica realizada sobre fósiles in reserva del @INPCEcuador, in #Loja.

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