DescriptionIMMENSE SAUROPOD LEG
Diplodocidae family, Apatosaurinae subfamily
Anoual, near Talsint, Morocco
A newly-discovered site in the Anti Atlas of Morocco has yielded a remarkable find: a very well preserved leg of a giant sauropod dinosaur. Previously Sauropoda remains have only been found in the upper Cretaceous layers of the High Atlas Mountains, but this new discovery is from a very important red-bed in the Anti-Atlas Mountains that marks the end of the Jurassic; predating the Cretaceous sauropods by 90 million years. Since Africa had yet to separate from South America during the Late Jurassic, there is a chance that these new sauropods are remotely related to the massive and famous sauropods of Argentina. This superb specimen is one of only a handful of well-preserved legs that have been discovered; as of yet, surprisingly and mysteriously no upper body remains have been found. The site is so new that the legs have not been studied yet, but early research suggests that it is likely from a sauropod in the Apatosaurinae subfamily: this is based on the fact that the femur head is more robust than those of Diplodocus yet not as large as that of Brachiosaur, placing it in the shape and range of that for Apatosaurus. There is little restoration aside from minor filling on the femur and tibia, while 2 of the 5 metatarsals are professionally sculpted restorations, 1 of the claws is real and 2 of the phalanges are real; the rest of the phalanges being casts from other sauropods. The femur measures a striking 60 inches in length, 19 inches wide at the widest point, and 10 inches thick. The tibia, also huge, measures 40 x 13 x 9 inches. All the pieces are free mounted in a custom-made stand and the entire piece stands 11 feet 2 inches tall.
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