166 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossil Found in Unexpected Way

Even in 2020, scientists continue to discover insights about those gigantic beasts that had been roaming the Earth millions of years ago. Dr. Elsa Panciroli, a scientist from the National Museums in Scotland, made a new discovery in a unique way: she stumbled upon an ancient bone while simply running around the Eigg island from Scotland.

The newfound bone belonged to a stegosaurus or other similar dinosaur that lived during the Middle Jurassic period 166 million years ago. The bone measures about 50 cm in length.

Dr. Panciroli explained her discovery by saying:

“It was a bit of a serendipitous discovery,”

”It was the near the end of the day and I was running to catch up with the rest of the members of the team, who were quite far away. I realized I had run over something that didn’t look right. It wasn’t clear exactly what kind of animal it belonged to at the time, but there was no doubt it was a dinosaur bone.”

Despite the imposing appearance of the stegosauruses, as they were huge dinosaurs about the size of a bus, they were nurturing themselves with plants. Other reptiles didn’t seem to be on the menu for these creatures.

Stegosaurus means roof and sauros, which also means lizard. These creatures belong to a genus of herbivorous thyreophoran dinosaur. Fossils of stegosauruses date to the Late Jurassic period, as they are found in Kimmeridgian to early Tithonian aged strata. This means between 155 and 150 million years ago, and the locations were the present territories of the western United States and Portugal.

Stegosauruses were large, herbivorous quadrupeds that had long hind limbs, rounded backs, and short fore limbs. These creatures are very recognizable among the dinosaur era, due to their combination of broad and upright plates.

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