Huge Dinosaur Found In Egypt: Why That Changes Everything

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That changes everything.

The fossilized remains of a bus-sized dinosaur were discovered in Egypt. Here’s what it means for an ancient mystery.

New dino

Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that was named Mansourasaurus shahinae and it’s really huge – the length of a school bus and about as heavy as an elephant, it weighs nearly five tons.

That makes it a part of a group of dinosaurs known as the Titanosauria, which includes the largest land animals known to science.

According to the report, the Mansourasaurus had a long neck, ate plants and had bony plates in its skin.

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The new titanosaurian dinosaur mansourasaurus shahinae on a coastline of what is now the western desert of egypt approximately 80 million years ago.

Source:  Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Is it really so special?

Actually, yes.

This dino was found in Egypt. The creature is one of the few dinosaur fossils found so far in Africa that dates to the late Cretaceous period, roughly 80 to 66 million years ago.

For more than 250 years, most dinosaur bones have been found in Europe, North America and Asia. So, scientists haven’t had much luck digging up and documenting fossils in Africa. And that means the course of dinosaur evolution there isn’t well understood.

“When I first saw of the fossils, my jaw hit the floor,” dinosaur paleontologist and one of the authors of the study, Matt Lamanna, said in a statement from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

“This was the Holy Grail – a well-preserved dinosaur from the end of the Age of Dinosaurs in Africa – that we paleontologists had been searching for for a long, long time,” he said.

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Source: nature.com

Scientists determined that the Mansourasaurus is closely related to the dinosaurs found in Europe and Asia rather than those in South America or even parts of southern Africa.

This meant that at least some dinos could move between Africa and Europe.

“Africa’s last dinosaurs weren’t completely isolated, contrary to what some have proposed in the past,” Eric Gorscak, a contributing author on the study, said in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History statement.

“There were still connections to Europe.”

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