Paleontologists have discovered one of the most complete ichthyosaur bones ever found, in the Tyndall Glacier in the Chile region of Patagonia. One of the reasons that surprised researchers is that dinosaur bones have excellent embryos. The animal is one of the largest that has ever passed through the world, with sizes that can pass through blue whales.
It is estimated that ichthyosaurs roamed the oceans between 90 and 250 million years ago. For Judith Pardo, a scientist at the University of Magallanes, in the Punta Arenas, the novel represents a great achievement, since it is the only “pregnant” ichthyosaur found in the world. The fossils are said to have been between 129 and 139 million years ago.
“This will help scientists study embryonic growth in ichthyosaurs, and therefore it is very important,” Judith said in an interview with Reuters.
Scientists have called the 4-meter-long reptile animal Fiona. For them, the discovery of dinosaur and, in particular, its development can lead to many information about the way ichthyosaur embryos formed.
The body of ichthyosaurs resembles a dolphin and has an elongated snout, two front fins, two back fins, a dorsal fin, which helps them swim along the shore, and the tiger opponents, which they use to move themselves across water. .
In the Fiona case, his bone marrow was identified in the Chilean region more than a decade ago. According to Judith Pardo, paleontologists spent 31 days, during March and April, overcoming difficult logistical challenges and completing the removal of five 200 kg blocks to weaken bones. Disinfection is also supported by the helicopter, due to its isolated location and rough terrain.
Judith goes on to say that the findings show that Chile is involved in areas of paleontology. During the race, scientists also discovered 23 specimens of ichthyosaurs, carrying a total of approximately 100 species found in the Tyndall Glacier, considered one of the largest and most well-preserved ichthyosaurs place in the world.
All specimens from the site, especially the Fiona bones, will be on display at the Rio Seco Natural History Museum.