The skeleton of a titanosaur is almost entirely preserved in African soil
Researchers from Midwestern University conducted an excavation in Tanzania. They have found the remains of huge creatures that lived at the end of the dinosaur era. About the discoverers wrote in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
A dinosaur skeleton was found in the river valley Mtoka in Tanzania. It was dated to the late Cretaceous period. The scientists noted that until our time has come for the ribs, limb bones and teeth. Especially interesting seemed paleontologists caudal vertebrae, because they are in the shape of hearts.
Symbolic, because today, February 14 is celebrated Valentine’s Day. For this feature the creature got the name Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia. In Swahili, these two words mean “the creation of MTUCI” and “heart-shaped tail”.
According to palaeontologists, titanosaur died at a fairly young age. Even then he reached the weight of one ton. Its altitude was very low and equal to the distance from the foot to the thigh of an adult. That is about a meter. It is difficult to imagine what these creatures at maturity.
Scientists drew attention to the era in which the dinosaur lived. Then the supercontinent Pangaea began to break up into separate continents. Among them razdelili South America and Africa. So akin to the types of dinosaurs found themselves on different sides of the ocean. The finding suggests that the fauna of Africa yla as diverse as in South America.
Previously, scientists have discovered a mysterious life deep beneath the ice of Antarctica. Or rather, in lake Mercer, hidden under glaciers. The area of the reservoir is 160 square kilometers and the depth is ten meters. It is a good living space for even large creatures.
The expedition of Professor John Prisca from the University of Montana found live bacteria. According to the leaders of the study, in the lake contains enough organic matter to sustain advanced forms of life. Perhaps in local waters survive even the animals, still unknown to modern science. Scientists are trying to find them at depth.
Recall that scientists have unraveled the mystery of the origin of life: “common in the Universe.”
As reported Politeka, the scientists found incredible discovery in the glacier: 36 kilometers in diameter.
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