Turns out that the surprise and discovery of a lifetime can be waiting in your backyard! The University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Sciences has issued a statement that while performing renovations in his yard in 2017, a property owner in Pombal, Portugal, discovered many shards of petrified bones. When investigated further, a skeleton was discovered that was stated to belong to an 82-foot brachiosaurus that lived between 160 and 100 million years ago.
The Investigative Research Finds
Portuguese and Spanish paleontologists discovered fragments of what they estimate to be the biggest sauropod dinosaur ever discovered in Europe, according to the university statement. Sauropod dinosaurs are herbivorous, quadrupedal dinosaurs with long necks and tails. According to the researchers’ sayings, the remains could be 39 feet tall and 82 feet long. A postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Elisabete Malafaia from the University of Lisbon says that this discovery is unusual. She added that it’s uncommon to see an animal’s entire set of ribs in this condition, let alone in their original anatomical location.
The Progress of the Research
In order to uncover the priceless relics, researchers from the university have been collaborating with the Faculty of Fine Arts at Complutense University of Madrid, and the Evolutionary Biology Group at UNED-Madrid. The vertebrae and rib bones discovered by experts are thought to belong to a possible brachiosaurid sauropod dinosaur, which lived between 160 and 100 million years ago. Additionally, there could be other dinosaur skeleton remains nearby. The Late Jurassic vertebrate fossil record in the Pombal area is significant, according to research conducted in the Monte Agudo site, Malafaia noted. According to the news statement, an international study team is currently examining the discovered remains. Further updates about the research are yet to come, but this discovery has certainly helped in discovering just a little more about the past.
For the first time since 1995, the Atlanta Braves have won the World Series. On Tuesday, the Braves won the 2021 World Series, defeating the Houston Astros 7-0 (box score) in Game 6 to establish a 4-2 lead in the series. The Braves, who won the title in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, were led to victory by an offensive barrage and a masterpiece from left-hander Max Fried.
The Atlanta Braves got out to a huge lead early in the game, courtesy of two multi-run home runs. Jorge Soler launched a three-run home ball in the third inning to put Atlanta ahead early. Soler’s home run traveled 446 feet and had an exit velocity of 109.6 mph, according to Statcast.
Soler, who was voted World Series MVP, entered the game with a 2-0 record in the Fall Classic. In Game 6, he hit the postseason’s loudest home run:
The Braves then added a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a Dansby Swanson home run. Swanson’s exit velocity was not as remarkable as Soler’s, but it did reach 108.8 mph and carried 411 feet, according to Statcast. Later, a Freddie Freeman double gave the Braves an insurmountable 7-0 advantage.
The Long-Awaited and Unbelievable Title
For most of the regular season, the Atlanta Braves were unlikely to qualify for, let alone win, the World Series. The Braves front office was quite active in July, acquiring four outfielders (including Soler and Eddie Rosario) and a variety of other role players to bolster their chances. Those changes, though, were not very good at the time. The Braves began August with a poor losing record and would not earn a share of first place in the National League East until mid-August.
Atlanta Braves with a Great Opportunity
Even after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS, the Atlanta Braves appeared destined to lose to one of the NL West’s powerhouse, either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers won that series, forcing a rematch of the NL Championship Series from the previous season. In contrast to 2020, the Braves built a 3-1 lead and were able to cash in on the opportunity to capture the pennant.