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Scientists Excavate Full Dinosaur Tail in Mexico

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A fossilized tail of a duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur, is seen in the Municipality of General Cepeda, Coahuila in this handout picture by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) made available to Reuters on July 22, 2013.

A fossilized tail of a duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur, is seen in the Municipality of General Cepeda, Coahuila in this handout picture by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) made available to Reuters on July 22, 2013.

A team of paleontologists in Mexico have discovered an unusually well-preserved dinosaur tail that is 72 million years old.

Scientists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History say the five-meter-long tail was found earlier this month in the desert about 150 kilometers west of Monterrey (near the small town of General Cepeda) and is the first ever found in the country.

The paleontologists took 20 days to uncover 50 complete vertebrae of the tail along with several other parts of the dinosaur, including a hip.

The scientists say the tail resembles that of a Hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, and probably made up half of the dinosaur's length.
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