See detailed images of an amazing find: a 16-foot dinosaur tail buried for up to 72 million years. Fifty connected vertebrae remain intact.
In the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, paleontologists have spent the last three weeks brushing away sand and gravel to slowly reveal a 16-foot dinosaur tail with 50 connected vertebrae intact. The tail is thought to have been buried for up to 72 million years.
The dig site is located in the small town of General Cepeda, in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. Now an arid desert rich with fossils, the area was much closer to the coast during the Cretaceous Period.
The team working to unearth the giant tail comes from Mexico's National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) and National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Here, paleontologist René Hernéndez compares the dinosaur remains to an image of the hadrosaur scapula, called the crested duckbill.