The Natural History Museum begins its first major overseas digging since the 1980s, hoping to upgrade new Jurassic dinosaurs.
The project entitled Mission Jurassic, which will excavate a square kilometer of land in Wyoming, USA, will involve a team from the Natural History Museum working with researchers from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden. Netherlands.
The tomb begins this summer, but initial excavations have already uncovered the bones of two giant dinosaurs that appear to belong to a 24 meter long brachiosaurus and 30 meters long diplodocus. Nearly 600 fossilized bones, weighing nearly 5.4 tons, have been collected over the last two years with preliminary field work, but only a fraction of the site has been explored. The region, known as Jurassic Mile, is known to be rich in Jurassic dinosaur and fish fossils, pathways and fossilized plants of up to 1
Prof Paul Barrett, senior dinosaur specialist at the Natural History Museum, said: "This is the time when we get many iconic dinosaurs, such as brachiosaurus, diplodocus and stegosaurus. One of the reasons for this is that this set of stone has become much less common for fossils [than other areas in the US]. There are some signs that there are different dinosaurs there. "
Barrett said the discovery of a new brachiosaurus test would be particularly exciting because most Existing fossils are fragmentary. "To completely excavate a large dinosaur fossil – brachiosaurus could grow to 25 meters long and 13 meters high – would probably take a few years," Barrett said.