Di­nosaur dis­cov­ery

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - News - By Nuria Pérez nperez@cb­news.es

A 230-MIL­LION-year-old fos­sil was found last week in Ce­hegín by a lo­cal res­i­dent (see photo), ac­cord­ing to mayor José Rafael Ro­camora.

The fos­sil (pic­tured) clearly shows the shape of a Sau­roptery­gia – a sea rep­tile which lived dur­ing the Mid­dle Tri­as­sic pe­riod.

It was dis­cov­ered in black lime­stone rock in the Huerto de la Or­den area in the north of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

It shows the ribs, back­bone and body, with only the head miss­ing. The fos­sil was taken to the re­gional depart­ment for cul­ture head­quar­ters in Mur­cia city, where palaeon­tol­o­gists es­tab­lished from the shape that it had to be a Sau­roptery­gia.

Re­gional di­rec­tor for cul­tural her­itage Juan An­to­nio Lorca said it is the old­est fos­sil of a ver­te­brate an­i­mal dis­cov­ered in the re­gion.

It will be tem­po­rar­ily stored in the re­gional mu­seum for ar­chae­ol­ogy in Mur­cia, he noted.

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