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New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Siberia

Since 2008, Russian researchers have been analyzing fossils embedded in sandstone from the banks of the Keija River in remote southern Siberia. After intricately examining their finds, they concluded that they had discovered a new species of dinosaur.

Fossil Excavation

Fossil Excavation

Dr. Stepan Ivantsov, scientific researcher in the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems at Tomsk State University says,

We constantly find the remains of dinosaurs on this site, near Shestakova village. They fall down from the steep river bank regularly and we collect them. The ones obviously lie somewhere in he middle of the 10 meter high river bank. We cannot just take them out of there because it demands rising explosives and we don’t want to do that because it will destroy the remains, besides the territory should be a protected nature area.

Found were part of a shoulder blade, cervical vertebrae and sacram. An earlier finding in 1995 unearthed a foot. When they reconstructed the bone fragments, they determined that it was a lizard-footed sauropod dinosaur. It was about 66-feet (20 meters) long with a long neck, huge tails with four short, thick, five-toed legs. Most likely, it was an herbivore that devoured large amounts of plant matter and weighed 50 tons.

Sibirosaur

Sibirosaurus

The researchers named it Sibirosaurus, “Lizard of Siberia.”

Ivantsov says,

When we discovered this finding, it was only clear that the remains belonged to a very large herbisaurus dinosaur from the sauropods group. It was the first scientifically described dinosaur from this group in Russia. Now after work on the extraction of all the remnants and the restoration (of the bones) are almost completed, we can confidently say that we have found a new species, and maybe even genus.

If we talk about our discovery, this dinosaur lived in the late Cretaceous period that is about 100 million years ago.

After we finish with the restoration, and I think it will be soon, we plan to discuss our findings thoroughly and publish an article with details of our discovery.

Fossils

Fossils

Scientists with the bones

Scientists with the bones

The goal is to display the bones of Sibirosaurus on the second floor of the main building at Tomsk State University.

Ivantsov sums up,

This will not require much space. It will be enough to put on a table the size of a plinth. For safety, it should be placed in a transparent cube.

All this will not require big expense. At the same time our university, which is unique in itself, will get another “highlight.” I think it will lead to increased interest for visitors to TSU.