Photo: Dinosaur Footprints
Spanish researcher Ignacio Diaz Martinez says fossilized footprints found in northern Spain’s La Rioja region point to the existence of a previously unknown species of dinosaur.
Study of the footprints indicates that large number of a tall, bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur inhabited La Rioja 120 million years ago, Diaz told Efe.
One of the distinctive characteristics of the newly discovered species is the presence of claws on its feet, the 32-year-old PhD said.
La Rioja is especially rich in fossilized dinosaur footprints.
Diaz, who plans to hold off on naming the new species until his findings are endorsed in peer-reviewed scientific journals, said he would prefer a moniker related to La Rioja.
In his doctoral dissertation at the University of La Rioja, Diaz suggested the designation Riojadopus amei.