October 17, 2008

Sauropod Found in Dinosaur Graveyard

Researchers said a dinosaur graveyard discovered in Utah holds a wealth of fossils from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Luis Chiappe, director of the Dinosaur Institute and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, said one of the most exciting finds so far is a 150-million-year-old sauropod named Gnatalie, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The fossil is estimated to be 50 feet long.

Chiappe said he was also excited to find the three-toed prints of a European stegosaur, named Deltapodus. It is the first time Deltapodus tracks have never been found in North America.

Researchers said it will take at least another decade to excavate the site southeast Utah site.