Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Of Saudi dinosaurs discovered for the first time

An international team of paleontologists has identified two species of dinosaurs that lived on the current Arabian Peninsula . This discovery is a first in this area!

These researchers found , on the coast of the Red Sea, in the north- western Saudi Arabia , old bones 72 million years . At that time , the region was on the coast of Africa and enjoyed an equatorial climate and current land of Saudi Arabia were under water, far from the current desert.

The treasure consists of caudal vertebrae of titanosaur , a family of herbivorous sauropods twenty meters long and teeth abélisauridés , a carnivorous bipedal theropod family of about six meters. These fossils have allowed for the first time the identification of dinosaurs in the Arabian Peninsula .

"The dinosaur fossils are exceptionally rare in the Arabian Peninsula , with only a handful of highly fragmented bones in the literature so far ," said the Australian palaeobiologist of Uppsala University Benjamin Kear .

Similar dinosaurs have been found in North Africa, Madagascar and as far away as South America.