French paleontologists found the thigh bone of a giant sauropod, a herbivorous dinosaur dating from the late Jurassic era, at an excavation site in southwest France this week.
The thigh bone of a giant dinosaur was found this week by French paleontologists at an excavation site in southwest France where remains of some of the largest animals that have ever lived on earth since 2010 have been unearthed.
It is believed that the two-meter-long femur at the Angeac-Charente site belonged to a sauropod, herbivorous dinosaur, with long necks and tails that extended at the end of the Jurassic era, more than 140 million years ago.
"This is an important discovery," Ronan Allain, paleontologist at the National Museum of History in Paris, told Reuters. "I was especially surprised by the state of conservation of that femur."
"These are animals that probably weighed between 40 and 50 tons."
Allain said scientists at the site near the city of Cognac have found more than 7,500 fossils of more than 40 different species since 2010, which makes it one of the biggest finds in Europe.
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