Argentine fossils show long-necked dino group thought extinct elsewhere survived Jurassic era

May 15, 2014 4:12 PM

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Argentine fossils show long-necked dino group thought extinct elsewhere survived Jurassic era

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dinosaur fossils found in Patagonia provide the first evidence that long-necked, whip-tailed diplodocid sauropods survived well beyond the Jurassic period, when they were thought to have gone extinct, Argentine paleontologists said Thursday.

Pablo Gallina, a researcher at Buenos Aires' Maimonides University, described the find as the first definitive evidence that diplodocids reached South America, and the most recent geologic record of this branch of sauropod anywhere.

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