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Re: New dinosaur site in France with biggest sauropod in Europe

On 1 October 2010 08:54,  <bh480@scn.org> wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> bh480@scn.org
> In case this news item has not been mentioned yet,
> paleontologists in France have announced the discovery of
> a new fossil site dating from 130 million years ago
> (Lower Cretaceous)near Angouleme:
> http://www2.cnrs.fr/presse/communique/1989.htm
> The text is in French but here are a few discoveries of
> note:
> giant sauropod femur said to be at least 2.2 m (7.3 ft)
> long (this beats the 1.9 m (6.4 ft) femur found in Spain
> announced last week, touted as the biggest in Europe!),
> suggesting an animal 35 m (117 ft) long, making it the
> biggest dinosaur known from Europe.

Well, maybe.  The supplementary information for Royo Torres et al.
(2006) (The Turiasaurus description) estimated the length of that
taxon's femur at 2219 mm based on regression between humerus and femur
length in other cetiosaur-grade sauropods.  Obviously there are some
big error-bars there given how much limb proportions vary among
sauropods, but it seems the new animal is at least in the same

> remains of at least five individuals (juveniles and
> adults) of a theropod up to 9 m long
> teeth and bones of smaller plant-eaters