Angolan fossil is of previously-unknown dinosaur

Angolan dinosaur discovery reported

Scientists say they have discovered the first fossil of a dinosaur in Angola, and it is one not previously known. A paper published Wednesday in the Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences describes a long-necked, plant-eating sauropod, among the largest creatures ever to have walked the earth. The international team that found and identified the fossilized forelimb bone says it is from a previously unknown dinosaur, citing unique skeletal characteristics. The fossil was found along with fish and shark teeth in what would have been a sea bed 90 million years ago, leading its discoverers to believe the dinosaur might have been washed into the sea and torn apart by ancient sharks. The new dinosaur has been dubbed Angolatitan adamastor Angolatitan means "Angolan giant" and the adamastor is a sea giant from Portuguese sailing myths. The fossil was found in 2005. In the years since, excavations and research were completed and a paper was written for review by other scholars, culminating in Wednesday's publication.

Angolan fossil is of previously-unknown dinosaur 03/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:44pm]

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