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Remains of dinosaur previously only identified in UK discovered in Peniche

The age-old alliance between Portugal and the UK may be even older than historians like to think.

A new discovery by palaeontologists appears to have identified a species of dinosaur living in Portugal that previously was only thought common to the British Isles.

The find came from study of a bone (humerus) that was unearthed in 1957 at Praia dos Frades, Peniche, but which only now has been properly studied.

The team of Portuguese and Spanish palaeontologists have identified it as being from a non-meat eating Sauropod (lizard-hipped dinosaur) known as Duriatitan humerocristatus.

These huge creatures were previously “considered to be exclusive to the Late Jurassic register of the United Kingdom”, investigator Pedro Mocho has told Lusa – meaning the dino dates back around 145-150 million years.

This new information is fascinating to people whose lifework involves building a picture of “relations and distribution” of European dinosaurs in the late Jurassic period, and has made a recent issue of the Journal of Iberian Geology.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com