New Dinosaur Discovered In Tanzania ‘Rare’ Find For Africa, Reveals Extent Of Titanosaur Domain

September 9, 2014 3:51 PM

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New Dinosaur Discovered In Tanzania ‘Rare’ Find For Africa, Reveals Extent Of Titanosaur Domain

The fossilized remains of a new species of long-necked sauropod dinosaur have been discovered and identified in Tanzania, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The species, Rukwatitan bisepultus, belonged to a group of dinosaurs known as titanosaurs – some of which were among the largest animals to ever roam the planet – and lived some 100 million years ago during the middle of the Cretaceous Period.

While sauropod fossils have been uncovered on every continent, most notably South America, scientists say they are rarely found in Africa. “This titanosaur ... will help resolve questions about the distribution and regional characteristics of what would later become one of the largest land animals k...

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