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New discoveries reignite excitement around Brazil’s dinosaurs

Brazil is home to some of the world's oldest dinosaur fossils, and recent discoveries in São Paulo state have grabbed the paleontological headlines

dinosaurs Brazilian paleontologists searching for fossils. Photo: Gabriela Romeu/Folhapress
Brazilian paleontologists searching for fossils. Photo: Gabriela Romeu/Folhapress

In 2009, during excavations outside the small countryside São Paulo city of Marília, paleontologist Willian Nava came across an 80 centimeter-long scapula belonging to a titanosaur — a group of some of the last-surviving long-necked sauropod dinosaurs.

Fossil studies concluded that the dinosaur lived in São Paulo some 70 million years ago, and Marília soon became a permanent excavation site, uncovering new pieces of this massive dinosaur in the years that followed.

Now, the University of Brasília is home to over 50 bones, making up 70 percent of the Marília titanosaur’s skeleton. The small town is now...

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