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An amateur palaeontologist in Switzerland discovered the remains of two plateosaurus dinosaurs at one of Europe's largest excavation sites.

300 plus dinosaur bones and the remains of another animal were found in Frick, a Swiss village near the border with Germany, said Monica Rumbeli, director of the village's dinosaur museum.

The dig revealed the remains of two plateosauri, buried 10 meters (33 feet) apart in what is the largest such excavation ever found.

According to researchers, the plateosauri died when they got stuck in the marsh while their herd was passing the river delta that existed in that area, more than 230 million years ago.

The second-largest plateosaurus was discovered a few weeks earlier in another dig in the same region. This animal measured eight meters long (26 feet) and was the largest dinosaurs of that type found up to that date.

The plateosaurus (flat lizard) lived in a herd and was probably a herbivore. Although a quadruped, it was able to stand on its hind legs in order to eat.

Its developed hands grabbed plants to eat, and its fingers greatly varied in length. Its thumb was the biggest, which ended in an enormous pointed claw.

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