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US NewsScientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France

21:35  25 july  2019
21:35  25 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The thigh bone was found in the unusually rich excavations at Angeac-Charente. 7,500 bones from 45 species have already been uncovered from the dig site. Palaeontologists have unearthed a 6 . 5 foot-long (two metre) thigh bone that belonged to a giant sauropod dinosaur around 140 million years

The enormous bone — which weighs in at around half a tonne — was unearthed from a dinosaur fossil-rich dig site in the department of Charente south west . Palaeontologists have unearthed a 6 . 5 foot-long (two metre) thigh bone that belonged to a giant sauropod dinosaur around 140 million

Scientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France Maxime Lasseron, researching his doctorate at the National Museum of Natural History of Paris, inspects the femur of a Sauropod on July 24, 2019, after it was discovered earlier in the week during excavations at the palaeontological site of Angeac-Charente, near Châteauneuf-sur- Charente, south western France. - The 140 million-years-old, two meters long, 500 kilogramme femur of the Jurassic period Sauropod, the largest herbivorous dinosaur known to date, was discovered nestled in a thick layer of clay by a team of volunteer excavators from the National Museum of Natural History working at the palaeontological site. Other bones from the animal's pelvis were also unearthed. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images) Palaeontologists have unearthed a 6.5 foot-long (two metre) thigh bone that belonged to a giant sauropod dinosaur around 140 million years ago.

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half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south The thigh bone was found in the unusually rich excavations at Angeac-Charente When the giant plant-eating dinosaur lived the area would have been marshland thigh bone that belonged to a giant sauropod dinosaur around 140 million years ago .

Scientists find 6 . 5 ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west - The 140 million - years -old, two meters long, 500 kilogramme femur of the Jurassic period Sauropod , the largest herbivorous dinosaur known to date

The enormous bone — which weighs in at around half a tonne — was unearthed from a dinosaur fossil-rich dig site in the department of Charente south west France.

At the time that the giant dinosaur would have lived, the area — located near the town of Cognac — would have been a marshland.

Scientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France Maxime Lasseron, researching his doctorate at the National Museum of Natural History of Paris, inspects the femur of a Sauropod on July 24, 2019, after it was discovered earlier in the week during excavations at the palaeontological site of Angeac-Charente, near Châteauneuf-sur- Charente, south western France. - The 140 million-years-old, two meters long, 500 kilogramme femur of the Jurassic period Sauropod, the largest herbivorous dinosaur known to date, was discovered nestled in a thick layer of clay by a team of volunteer excavators from the National Museum of Natural History working at the palaeontological site. Other bones from the animal's pelvis were also unearthed. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images) Located in southwestern France, the Angeac-Charente dig site is unique across all of Europe, with palaeontologists having already uncovered around 7,500 bones — from 45 different species of dinosaur — since excavations began back in 2010.

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DINOSAUR hunters have uncovered a 6 . 5 -foot thigh bone likely belonging to a giant sauropod in France . Researchers hope to recreate an entire sauropod skeleton using bones found at the siteCredit: AFP or licensors. And it was discovered alongside a giant pelvis bone hidden within the

Palaeontologists have unearthed a 6 . 5 foot-long (two metre) thigh bone that belonged to a giant sauropod dinosaur around 140 million years ago . The en. Facebook’s data-sharing deals reportedly under criminal probe.

'This femur is huge! And in an exceptional state of conservation,' Angouleme Museum curator Jean-François Tournepiche told The Local.

Scientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France The femur of a Sauropod, which is over 140 million-years-old, two meters long and weighing about 500 kilogrammes, is seen in situ on a bed of clay on July 24, 2019, after it was discovered earlier in the week during excavations at the palaeontological site of Angeac-Charente, near Châteauneuf-sur- Charente, south western France. - The Jurassic period Sauropod, the largest herbivorous dinosaur known to date, was discovered nestled in a thick layer of clay by a team of volunteer excavators from the National Museum of Natural History working at the palaeontological site. Other bones from the animal's pelvis were also unearthed. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images) 'It's very moving.'

Alongside the thigh bone, volunteers with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris also uncovered a giant pelvis bone from the same layer of clay.

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weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France .

Scientists find 6 . 5 ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod # dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west # France .

Scientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alongside the thigh bone, volunteers with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris also uncovered a giant pelvis bone, pictured, from the same layer of clay Experts believe that the thigh bone belonged to a sauropod — one of a group of long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs that include some of the largest animals to have ever walked the Earth.

Scientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Experts believe that the thigh bone belonged to a sauropod — one of a group of long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs that include some of the largest animals to have ever walked the Earth 'We can see the insertions of muscles and tendons, scars,' added Ronan Allain, a palaeontologist at Paris' National Museum of Natural History.

'This is a very rare find as large pieces tend to collapse on themselves, to fragment.'

Scientists find 6.5ft thigh bone weighing half a tonne belonging to a giant sauropod dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago in south west France © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Located in southwestern France, the Angeac-Charente dig site is unique across all of Europe, with palaeontologists having already uncovered around 7,500 bones — from 45 different species of dinosaur — since excavations began back in 2010 Palaeontologists have been working to reconstitute a complete sauropod skeleton from several different specimens that have been unearthed from Angeac-Charente in the last decade — with the reconstruction now around 50 per cent complete.

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