Chile | Discovered remains of a new mammal, 72 million years old

(Santiago de Chile) A new species of mammal of the Late Cretaceous period, from 72 to 74 million years ago, was discovered in Patagonia’s Chile, the Chilean Antarctic Institute (ENACH) announced on Wednesday.


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This new species, called “Orretherium tzen”, was found in Cerro Guido, in the southern region of Magallanes, about 2,700 kilometers south of Santiago, with a jaw discovered with five consecutive teeth.

The discovery was made at one of the largest dinosaur fossil repositories in the region.

According to the researchers, this area was inhabited by prehistoric species from America and Antarctica that migrated millions of years ago through parts of the earth that were below the sea surface and that appeared after the lower temperatures.

The specimen was related to other mammals found in Argentine Patagonia.

Argentine paleontologist Augustin Martinelli, who took part in the research, said.

Scientists have confirmed that the field of discovery has great potential, because “the evolution of mammals in the age of the dinosaurs is still very unknown and every discovery of a new species represents a breakthrough that attracts the world’s attention. All,” said paleontologist Alexander Vargas, one of the coordinators of the project.

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