In the Coello area (Tolima), in Colombia, Luis Enrique Calderón, a teacher at the Girardot rural school, found the remains of a mosasaur, a marine reptile dating back to prehistory, which was identified in an area near a stream.
One of the best news that could be had is that the remains are practically complete and even have some tissues that have been preserved thanks to the substrates under which it was buried all this time.
Thanks to this discovery and the excellent state of conservation a large volume of data can be obtained on this enormous reptile and the living conditions it had in this area of the world, being a truly incredible discovery.
Commanding the excavations is María Páramo, a professor at the National University and paleontologist, who highlighted the state of conservation and also that some soft tissues have been preserved in the cavities. This new species was baptized as Eonatator coellensis, where the second part of this name is directly related to the place where it was found, honoring the town of Coello.
According to preliminary studies of these remains, it has been determined that this mosasaur belonged to the genus Eonatator, a new species in the world, giving even more value to this find that has aroused the interest of the international paleontological community.
The fossil was found among rocks dating back to the Cretaceous period with an age of about 80 million years, a time when mosasaurs were one of the kings of the sea and had a presence in different corners of the world. They stood out for their great agility in the water, despite the fact that there were specimens that could reach 20 meters in length, although this is not the case of the Tolima fossil since it is quite small.
The paleontologist and her team have estimated that the length of the tail was similar to that of the trunk itself, although it had a relatively small head, just over 16 inches long. Likewise, practically all its bone structure has been preserved and almost all the vertebrae, 15 teeth, the skull and various other parts of the body have been found.
The discovery was made by chance, so it is not ruled out that in the area, sooner or later, new fossils may reappear that provide more knowledge to science and biology.
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