The investigation on the Monster of Aramberri is one of the palentiological studies carried out in the north of Mexico that presents the Museum of the Desert, in Saltillo, in an expo that celebrates the Mexico-Germany 2016-2017 dual year.
Stinnesbeck, one of the project’s leaders, said that the exhibition of fossils is the result of collaboration between German institutions and Mexican institutions, including the Desert Museum and the Faculty of Earth Sciences.
Stinnesbeck recalled that the remains of the pliosaur were found by Mario Alberto Mancilla, then a student at the Faculty of Earth Sciences of UANL, based in Linares, in the La Casita formation, in the Nuevo Leon municipality.
The fossil remains correspond to parts of the column, ribs, humerus, coccyx and fins of the specimen that lived 150 million years ago. The prehistoric marine animal, related to the family of the pliosaurs, has been one of the most relevant paleontological findings in Mexico. Because of the size of its remains – the complete animal was never found – it was estimated that it was one of the largest specimens of its kind found in the world.
Although some pieces traveled to Germany for research, Aguilar, took over the collection of paleontology three years ago, says that most of the fossilized structures are currently in Mexico, divided between the Faculty of Earth Sciences in Linares , and the Museo del Desierto, in Saltillo.