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07-24-2013, 09:39 AM
What happened to the rest of it? Archaeologists discover a 72million-year-old dinosaur tail in Mexican desert
The 'unusually well-preserved' tail is the first-ever found in Mexico
It is from a hadrosaur and was discovered by villagers living nearby
The find will increase understanding of dinosaur afflictions
PUBLISHED: 00:49 GMT, 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:29 GMT, 24 July 2013

A team of archaeologists have discovered the fossilised remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico, it has been announced.

The 'unusually well-preserved' five yard-long tail was the first ever found in Mexico, said Francisco Aguilar, director of the country's National Institute for Anthropology and History.

The team, made up of archaeologists and students from INAH and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, identified the fossil as a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur.



Dinosaur tail finds are relatively rare, according to INAH.
The new discovery could further understanding of the hadrosaur family and aid research on diseases that afflicted dinosaur bones, which resembled those of humans, Aguilar said.
Scientists have already determined that dinosaurs suffered from tumors and arthritis, for example.