Mother Nature continues to yield up her vast prehistoric treasures, this time in the form of a colossal thigh bone once belonging to a massive plant-munching sauropod that roamed the primeval swamps of what is now Southwestern France. Over 7,500 fossils, belonging to over 50 different species, have been found at the site since 2010, including some belonging to the largest animals that ever walked on land.
The Angeac-Charente site, located near the southwestern city of Cognac, has become a major tourist attraction in recent years because of how many dinosaur fossils have been found there.
The two-meter long femur at the Angeac-Charente site is thought to have belonged to a sauropod, herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails which were widespread in the late Jurassic era, over 140 million years ago. I was particularly astonished by the condition of safeguarding of that femur.
"We can see the insertions of muscles and tendons, scars, ' added Ronan Allain, a palaeontologist at Paris" National Museum of Natural History. "These are animals that probably weighed to 40 to 50 tonnes".
'This is a very rare find as large pieces tend to collapse on themselves, to fragment'.