A group of researchers has discovered and described in a new dinosaur similar to Iguanodon. The new species of dinosaur was identified from a Jawbone fossil discovered in Spain. The dinosaur was probably a herbivore of 6 to 8 meters long related closely with the species found in modern China and Niger. The discovery represents a new genre and species of ornitopod of stycosternity and was described based on the right dentaria of a single specimen of the primitive period of Cretaceous, first barremia.
The new dinosaur is called Portellsaurus Sosbaynati and has two autopomorphic features and a unique combination of features. It has the absence of a protrusion along the ventral ventral margin to the base of the coronoid process and the presence of a deep oral cavity on the medial surface of the mandibular paddibular pit under the position of the tooth 11 °.
An analysis shows that the new Iberian form is more closely related to the African Taxon of Ouranosaurus Nigeriensis than to Iberian taxa. In particular, researchers say it is more closely related to Taxons Magnamanus Soriaensis and Iguanodon Galvensis than to other Early Cretaceous Iberian creatures.
Researchers on the project say that recent discoveries, such as this fossil, could throw new light on the knowledge of the evolution of Hadrosauroind. The fossil was discovered at a site near Portell, Spain, located about 110 kilometers north of Castelló de la Plana in eastern Spain. The site where it was discovered is called Mas de Curolles-II, and the site was discovered for the first time in 1998 by a geological prospecting campaign.
The outcrops studied are located around the villages of Portell, the Mata, the Cub and Belts. Geologically, the Site belongs to the Training of Mirambel, and Palaceogefically, the area belongs to the Northwest Margin of the Moirella Sub-Basin environment within the eastern part of the Iberian chain.