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A team of paleontologists from the University of Alberta, Canada, have recently discovered a new species of long neck dinosaur that could be like one of the dragons of this country's mythology. The finding was described in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and they have called it Qijianglong. This dinosaur was approximately 15 meters long and is estimated to have lived 160 million years ago, in the Late Jurassic era.
The name of this dinosaur means in Chinese “Qijiang Dragon”Since the discovery was made very close to this town. Although the site already existed since 2006, it was not until recently that excavation work allowed to discover this new dinosaur long neck.
This species belongs to a group of dinosaurs called mamenchisaurids, which were characterized by having very long necks that could even measure half the length of their own body. It should be noted that many of the long-necked sauropods or dinosaurs had a neck of about a third of the length of their body, which shows that the one that has recently been found is truly huge.
One of the characteristics that most attracted the attention of paleontologists was that the head was still attached. In this case, Tetsuto Miyashita, one of the authors of the discovery, declared that: “It is very rare to find a long dinosaur neck and head attached, since the head, being so small, can detach with some ease after the death of the animal”.
Supposedly, to hold that enormous weight it would be directly thought that they would have huge and powerful muscles, but according to the first investigations, the Qijianglong had an advantage over other long-necked animals, their vertebrae were filled with air, making their necks light, regardless of their size, which makes them unique creatures.
Nowadays, the remains of the Qijiang Dragon are found in a local museum in Qijiang City itself and many scholars have been wondering if the length of this animal could have something to do with Chinese mythology, since the dragon is always represented with a very long length, which could show that it is the length of its neck it has been recounted generation after generation for many centuries.
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