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New dinosaur species discovered in South Africa

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New dinosaur species discovered in South Africa

August 13, 2019 - 17:42 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - A previously discovered dinosaur skull has now been categorised as an entirely new species of dinosaur, SciTech Europa reports.

In what is now South Africa, a group of herbivorous dinosaurs named Massospondylus carinatus were living in the late Triassic-Early Jurassic epoch.

A group of PHD students from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, have been researching a collection of Massospondylus carinatus fossils.

Kimberley Chapelle is one of the students studying the fossils for her PHD. Chapelle has spent six years studying them to further the understanding of their anatomy as well an understanding for their growth development.

One specimen has been in the collection at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, since 1978. It was until recently believe to be a deformed Massospondylus carinatus, nicknamed Grey Skull.

Since Grey Skull’s discovery, it has been part of various studies but has yet to be correctly label until Kimberley Chapelle conducted her research.

Chapelle believed the fossil to be a Massospondylus carinatus, however, when she took a CT scan of the skull she then discovered that it belong to a completely different species and genus.

The species has since been named Ngwevu intloko, which mean Gre...

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