Fossils of oldest dinosaur found in Africa’s Zimbabwe

Fossils of oldest dinosaur found in Africa's Zimbabwe
The skeleton of Africa’s most seasoned dinosaur was found during two endeavors in 2017 and 2019.

Researchers in Zimbabwe have found the remaining parts of Africa’s most seasoned dinosaur, which meandered the earth around a long time back.

The dinosaur, named Mbiresaurus raathi, was something like one meter (3.2 feet) tall, with a long tail, and gauged as much as 30 kilograms (66 pounds), as indicated by the worldwide group of scientistss that made the disclosure.

“It went around on two legs and had a tiny head,” Christopher Griffin, the researcher who uncovered the main bone, told AFP on Thursday.

Presumably an omnivore that ate plants, little creatures and bugs, the dinosaur has a place with the sauropodomorph species, the very linage that would later incorporate goliath long-necked dinosaurs, said Griffin, a 31-year-old specialist at Yale University.

The skeleton was found during two endeavors in 2017 and 2019 by a group of specialists from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and the United States.

“I recovered the whole femur and I knew at that time, that it was a dinosaur and I was holding Africa’s most established known dinosaur fossil,” said Griffin, who at the time was a Ph.D. up-and-comer at Virginia Tech University.

His team’s findings were first published in journal Nature on Wednesday.

Dinosaurs’ remaining parts from a similar period had recently been tracked down just in South America and India.

Fossils of oldest dinosaur found in Africa's Zimbabwe

The paleontologists chose the Zimbabwe site for digging in the wake of working out that when all main lands were associated in a solitary expanse of land known as Pangea, it laid generally at similar scope of prior discoveries in current South America.

“Mbiresaurus raathi is strikingly like a few dinosaurs of a similar age tracked down in Brazil and Argentina, supporting that South America and Africa were important for nonstop expanse of land during the Late Triassic,” said Max Langer of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

The dinosaur is named after the Mbire area, upper east of Zimbabwe, where the skeleton was found, and scientist Michael Raath, who previously revealed fossils around here.

“What this (discovery) does is it broadens the range that we knew the very first dinosaurs lived in,” Griffin said.

Different examples were found nearby, and all are reposited in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, in the second biggest city, Bulawayo.

“The revelation of the Mbiresaurus is an interesting and extraordinary find for Zimbabwe and the whole palaeontological field,” said gallery caretaker Michel Zondo.

“The way that the Mbiresaurus skeleton is practically finished, makes it an ideal reference material for additional finds.”

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