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  • Step aside, tyrannasaurus. There's a new dinosaur in town and it goes by the name of Leikupal

  • laticauda. Not very catchy.

  • Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews - and if you like dinosaurs, then you're gonna love this

  • story. A new fossil uncovered in Patagonia has provided

  • the first evidence that certain dinosaurs survived the great extinction, and existed

  • millions of years after they were thought to have died off.

  • The diplodocid sauropod is a family of long-necked, whip-tailed dinosaurs - made famous by this

  • scene from the second Jurassic Park movie. They are some of the longest creatures to

  • ever roam the earth, and they were assumed to have gone extinct at the end of the Jurassic

  • era - around 150 million years ago. Thanks to this new finding, however, researchers

  • in Argentina now have the earliest record of them in existence, dating back to the early

  • Cretaceous period - around 130 million years ago. Even more interesting, it was found in

  • a place they never expected: South America. Eight vertebrae were discovered in the rocky

  • outcrops of the "Bajada Colorada," a Cretaceous-era formation in western Argentina. This is the

  • first time this family of dinosaurs has been found in any southern land mass, aside from

  • Africa - which, according to researchers, means they must have evolved from other dinosaurs

  • before Africa and South America split apart. Until now, the species was thought to be an

  • exclusively North American dinosaur. So this new evidence, researchers say, may help shed

  • light on how different dinosaurs migrated around the globe in response to climate change.

  • It's kind of amazing how much we continue to discover about the world around us. And

  • I dunno about you guys, but dinosaurs are one of the most fascinating things in the

  • world to me.

  • Hopefully you agree. And if you have any thoughts about this finding, feel free to leave them

  • in the comments below - otherwise, thanks for watching!

Step aside, tyrannasaurus. There's a new dinosaur in town and it goes by the name of Leikupal

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