Paleontologists in Brazil have discovered a new carnivorous dinosaur species that roamed the country some 70 million years ago.
Dubbed the Kurupi itaata, this bipedal predator is characterized by its strong legs and short arms. It was reportedly five meters (about 16 feet) long and had a strong, rigid tail.
Investigators found Kurupi itaata's fossilized remains in Monte Alto in Sao Paulo state, one of the country's richest sites for dinosaur findings. The dinosaur's vertebrae and pelvis have so far been identified but further research work on other fossils is still ongoing.
Excavation work in Monte Alto discovered the first piece of Kurupi itaata's fossil in 2002. Further digging at the site allowed researchers to further piece together information on the new dinosaur species.
A model of Kurupi itaata and its fossilized remains will be on show at Monte Alto's Museum of Palaeontology, with the museum's work on dinosaur discovery acclaimed the world over.