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Time for Kids August 1, 2019
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Dino Find

本文 A team of paleontologists in France announced last week that they had uncovered the bone of one of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived. It is likely the thighbone, or femur, of a sauropod. Sauropods were plant-eating dinosaurs with long necks and tails. They lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The bone is 6 1/2 feet long and it weighs 1,102 pounds. That makes it taller than the average human and heavier than the average horse.

Excavators unearthed the bone at a site in Angeac-Charente. That’s in southwestern France. The bone was covered in a thick layer of clay. Experts say the bone is 140 million years old.

The bone was well-preserved. “We can see the insertions of muscles and tendons, and scars,” Ronan Allain told Reuters. Allain is a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. “This is rare for big pieces, which tend to collapse in on themselves and fragment.”

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