After analyzing fossil jaw bones found in the Portel region of Castellón Province, Spain more than two decades ago, scientists have identified a new genus of dinosaurs. Scientists say that this styracosternan hadrosaurid dinosaur is likely to be 6 to 8 meters long. It is a herbivore and is closely related to species found in modern China and Niger. The title of the study is “A new styracosternan hadrosaurid (dinosaur: Ornithischian) from the Early Cretaceous in Portel, Spain”. The fossils that were part of the research were originally discovered at the Mas de Curolles-II (MQ-II) site. This species has multiple claws, large nostrils and a huge tail.
“Autologous deformation includes: there is no bulge on the ventral edge directly at the base of the coronal process, and there is a deep oval cavity on the medial surface of the mandibular adductor fossa below the position of the 11th-12th teeth,” read the abstract of the paper .
According to research published in the journal PLOS One, it is believed that this reptile lived on Earth during the Baremian stage of the Cretaceous, between 130 and 129 million years ago. Scientists estimate that the weight of this dinosaur may be about 3,600 kilograms.
Scientists say that phylogenetic-evolutionary development-analysis shows that the relationship between dinosaurs and the African taxa Ouranosaurus nigeriensis is closer than that of the synchronized Iberian taxa Magnamanus soriaensis and Iguanodon galvensis.
Researchers say that knowledge of Portellsaurus sosbaynati shows that during the Early Cretaceous, the Iberian Peninsula was once home to a highly diverse group of styracosternan hadrosaurs.
According to Olhar Digital, this is the 25th time a dinosaur species has been discovered in Spain. Hadrosauridae, Hadrosaurids belong to the Ornithogalaceae Hadrosauridae, and are called hadrosaurs because of their flat duck bills.
The same family, including ornithopods such as Edmontonsaurus and Parasaurus, is a group of herbivores.