San Diego: A global team of scientists has discovered the remains of a dinosaur that used its tail as a weapon and defended itself from enemies and invaders.
The fossils of this dinosaur are almost 80% complete, which were discovered in 2018 in the far south of Chile. This area is very close to Antarctica (South Pole) and is called “Sub Antarctic Chile”.
According to further details, it belongs to the “enclosure” type of dinosaurs, whose fur was as strong as an armor and had protruding points on it.
The newly discovered dinosaur was smaller in size than other enclosures, only 6.5 feet long, and lived there between 74.9 million years and 71.7 million years ago.
Experts have given it the scientific name of “Stegouros elengassen”.
All the fossils of the Enclave that have been found before are between 66 million and 68 million years old. Compared to which these fossils are about 5 million years older.
The most striking feature of Stigoras Elangison is its tail, which was unusually protruding and had sharp raised edges.
By looking at this structure, scientists have estimated that it used its tail as a weapon to defend itself from invading and predatory animals.
In addition to Chile, the international team also included experts from Brazil and Argentina, led by Sergio Soto Acona and Alexander Vargas of the University of Chile.
Full details of Stiguras Elangison are published in the latest issue of the research journal Nature.