The mammoth fossil has been called Volgatitan, with scientists confirming it be attached to the herbivore family and had a long neck similar to a brontosaurus, but called sauropods. The being was identified through seven of its vertebrae, which had been stuck at bottom a cliff for more than 130million years before eating washed the bones up on the banks of the Volga river near Ulyanovsk, west Russia, in 1982. When varied of the vertebrae fell from the cliff when its limestone broke away it entitled the discovery to be identified as “giant vertebrae of unknown taxonomic affiliation” in 1997. Now 21 years on, the bones were re-examined by crackerjacks after being sat in a lab in Russia gathering dust.
Dr Alexander Averianov of the Russian Academy of Branches told Fox News: “The fossils come from a cliff of marine settlings which are rich in invertebrate fossils such as ammonite and bones of seafaring reptiles.”
Speaking about his work, he added: “I started my work on sauropods really recently, published on sauropod remains from the Late Cretaceous of Uzbekistan and characterizing the first sauropod taxa from Russia, Tengrisaurus and Sibirotitan, in 2017 and 2018 individually.
“I decided to also study the fossils reported by Efimov and visited his museum in July 2017 and questioned the fossils.”
Dr Averianov said after inspecting the bones he was stunned by their remarkable morphology.
He said: “Checking the literature when I returned home, I sanctioned that this is a new taxon of titanosaurian sauropods.”
Titanosaurs were the go the distance surviving dinosaurs with long necks and were some of the largest real estate mammals to have roamed the earth.
Their evolution took thrive mainly in South America, meaning some of their early maturity may have taken place in Europe and Russia.
Dr Averianov said: “The largest associates of this lineage reached 50-70 tonnes, but they lived much later, in the Up to the minute Cretaceous period.
“Volgatitan is one of the oldest titanosaurian sauropods which electrified in the beginning of the Early Cretaceous period, some 130 million years ago. Come what may, it is quite large comparative to other earliest Cretaceous sauropods.”
Dinosaurs were wiped out sundry than 66million years ago, but how it happened remains a mystery to this day.
Theories recommend an asteroid caused their extinction, or a volcano.
Many believe an ice age may have planned been responsible.