Some scientists have unearthed a few dinosaur fossils that are between 100 and 66 million-years old. Moreover, some of them belong to a new species which lived about 80 million-years ago where is now the Egyptian desert. This interesting discovery might shed some light on the history of dinosaurs on the African continent. According to the leader of the research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, Dr. Hesham Sallam of Mansoura University, bone after bone, his team made up of students unearthed this magnificent dinosaur. Moreover, he is reportedly expecting more such discoveries to be made in the following years.
According to the scientists, this dinosaur was about as big as a school bus. It weighed the same as a modern-day elephant but was only eating plants. Its long neck and the plates in its skin helped it survive. The team named the dinosaur Mansourasaurus shahinae, inspired by the name of the university they were from. It’s interesting that this discovery might help reveal more about the mysterious evolution of dinosaurs in Africa.
A very important discovery
Study co-researcher, Dr, Matt Lamanna, admitted that he was completely shocked when he saw pictures of the bones. It was a fairly well-preserved dinosaur exactly from the age that paleontologists had been trying to find out more about. It’s worth noting that finding dinosaur fossils in Africa is extremely difficult and it rarely happens. This is mainly because of the vegetation that covers the land.
There is a large gap of information right towards the end of the Age of Dinosaurs in Africa. This is the time when the continents were at the end of some massive geological changes. Now, thanks to this amazing discovery, scientists might finally find out more about the animals that were living there. Actually, the experts have already discovered something interesting upon analyzing the fossils. It seems that African dinosaurs were related to those in Asia and Europe more than they were to those in Southern Africa or South America.
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