Why Is The Dinosaur Fossilization Process Important For Science?

The University of the Basque Country and the University of Zaragoza have done some work that resulted in an in-depth analysis of the dinosaur fossilization process found at La Cantalera-1. We’re talking about one of the Iberian sites that belong to the Lower Cretaceous, that also have the most significant number of vertebrates.

The structure of the bone tissue that’s fossilized and the entire dinosaur fossilization process has been studied very carefully. There was a possibility that the dinosaurs found at La Cantalera-1 were young creatures. The bone bed from La Cantalera-1 is placed in Spain, in Teruel, and is considered to be an essential deal by all the scientists, because it is one of the sites from the Iberian Peninsula, that has many of the vertebrates that are part of the Lower Cretaceous class.

The remains of many creatures, such as mammals, dinosaurs, lizards, tortoises, and amphibians, they all date back to about 130 million years ago. The good part is that they all have been discovered recently.

Why Is The Dinosaur Fossilization Process Important For Science?

The research was done in various Departments – Palaeontology, Mineralogy, and Petrology. They tried to explain the fossilization process (which is called taphonomy). It is believed that it took place in some of the remains we talked about above. It also took place in the internal structure that was shown in the bones (which is called palaeohistology).

If we are to think about its importance, the site had gone through a lot of investigation, even though no previous research had tried to see it from these perspectives, or as profoundly as they have, when they started the study.

This study of the fossil bones has shown so much about the ornithopod dinosaurs, that were, indeed, young creatures. By seeing the bones under the microscope, they saw that they had the same structure as unfossilized bones, with all of their characteristics.

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