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72 million-year-old dinosaur tail found in Mexico

Palaeontologists have discovered the remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico.

The 16-foot tail was the first ever found in Mexico according to Francisco Aguilar, the director of the National Institute for Anthropology and History.

Paleontologists work on the recovery of a fossilised tail of a duck-billed dinosaur. Credit: Reuters

The team spent 20 days in the desert slowly lifting a sedimentary rock, before finding the 50 vertebrae of the tail completely intact.

A fossilized tail of a duck-billed dinosaur. Credit: Reuters

The fossil was identified as a hadrosaur or a duck-billed dinosaur.

Palaeontologists said the tail probably made up half of the dinosaur's overall length.