The swift Farlowichnus rapidus lived in the Cretaceous and crossed the desert. His prints were found by chance in 1980.
The Brazilian Geological Service announced Thursday the existence of a new species of dinosaur . It is a fast animal that lived in the desert at the beginning of the Cretaceous .
The new species, called Farlowichnus rapidus , It was a small carnivorous animal the size of a modern-day Sérima bird. either approximately 60 to 90 centimeters high , according to the researchers. The discovery was published in the scientific journal Cretaceous Research.
“Due to the large distance between the footprints found, it is possible to infer that it was a very fast reptile that ran across the ancient dunes. “, declared the geological service.
The Lower Cretaceous period extended between 100 million and 145 million years ago.
The discovery and identification of the dinosaur
Fossilized dinosaur “footprints” were first discovered in the 1980s by Italian priest and paleontologist Giuseppe Leonardi in what is now Araraquara. in the State of Sao Paulo.
Leonardi donated one of the footprint samples to the Museum of Earth Sciences (MCTer) in Brazil in 1984, found in the so-called Botucatu Formation, a group of rocks formed by an ancient dune desert.
According to MCTer paleontologist Rafael Costa, the footprints are different from all other known dinosaur footprints .