TSU's Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems has acquired the Chicago Pneumatic paleontological microperforator, which allows removing from sandstone monolith the remains of a giant herbivorous dinosaur that lived about 100 million years ago in Western Siberia in a gentle way.
- We have already managed to release from the host rock part of the fragments - sacral, neck and body vertebrae, and the foot of the ancient lizard, but because of the lack of equipment we had to use methods that can lead to damaging the object, - says Stepan Ivantsov, employee of the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems. - Given the fact that there are no more such finds in Russia, we would like to ensure the maximum safety of these dinosaur bones.
According to the scientist, the use of the microperforator in preparing Mesozoic fossil remains will avoid cracks and chips, which are the result of a low-frequency vibration. In the near future, the researchers intend to process several monoliths that have titanosaur remains to reveal structural features of the ancient reptiles.
Unique finds were made by TSU paleontologists from 1995 to 2011 near the village Shestakovo on the right bank of the river Kiya. Analysis of the sacrum and feet give grounds to think that they belong to a new genus and species of the family titanozavrid - large herbivorous dinosaur from the clade Sauropoda. These representatives of the group of giants of the Mesozoic era were characterized by a very long neck and tail.