Big dinosaur femur found in southwestern France

Big dinosaur femur found in southwestern France

The group of dinosaurs includes the brachiosaurus and brontosaurus.

The Angeac-Charente excavation site is a 140-million-year-old former marshland and is now vineyards around Cognac.

Dinosaur researchers have found a two-metre thigh bone which is believed to come from a giant sauropod in southwestern France.

The excavation site it was found on, Angeac-Charente, has produced fossils from some of the largest animals known to have ever lived.

The large sauropod femur doesn't make headlines this week as the one dinosaur discovery.

The bone was discovered nestled in a thick layer of clay. It is "very rare" to find fossils this size, according to scientists, as they usually collapse on themselves and break up into fragments.

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"I was especially amazed by the state of preservation of that femur", said Ronan Allain, a palaeontologist at the National History Museum of Paris on Thursday. Researchers have also found 7,000 bones belonging to dinosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles.

Jean-François Tournepiche, curator at the Angouleme Museum, told The Local that the bone is "in an exceptional state of conservation".

"These are animals that probably weigh between 40 and 50 tons".

Since 2010, more than 7500 fossils have been found there from 40 different species. A college student from California discovered the 65-million-year-old fossil of a partial Triceratops skull among the Cretaceous period plant fossils in the North Dakota badlands.

North Dakota is part of the Hell Creek Formation and is an area which an abundance of fossils.

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