For the past 25 years, a large number of dinosaurs have been found at a site in northern Italy. Researchers have now discovered the largest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever discovered in the country at this location. Eleven dinosaur fossils were unearthed at Villaggio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry near Trieste, a port city in the northeast. These bones belong to the species Tethyshadros insularis that lived 80 million years ago.
The site-which formed part of the ancient Mediterranean region 80 million years ago-first appeared after the discovery of the dinosaur skeleton named Antonio by paleontologists in 1996. They initially thought it was a “dwarf species”, but later research disputed this. Now, researchers believe that Antonio was once a juvenile or young dinosaur.
Paleontologists now name the largest fossil remains in this group “Bruno”.
Lead researcher Federico Fanti (Federico Fanti) said that Italy is not known for dinosaurs. Moreover, although some fossils have been found there before, researchers have now discovered a whole group at a dinosaur site. “Bruno is the largest and oldest in the group, and the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in Italy,” Fanti told the Guardian.
“After Antonio was discovered, we knew that there were dinosaurs at the scene, but until now, no one has really checked how many there are. What we now have are multiple bones belonging to the same group.”
Researchers can also find fossil remains of fish, crocodiles, flying reptiles and even small shrimps at the site. Some fossils have been exhibited in the Natural History Museum of Trieste.
The latest findings have been published in the journal “Science Reports”.
The researchers wrote: “The Villaggio del Pescatore quarry is the most informative place in the ancient Mediterranean, representing the first multi-body Konservat-Lagerstatte dinosaur habitat in Italy.”