Dinosaur species dating back 200 million years found


Francis2004
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Dinosaur species dating back 200 million years found


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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa A newly discovered dinosaur species that roamed the Earth about 200 million years ago may help explain how the creatures evolved into the largest animals on land, scientists in South Africa said Wednesday.

The Aardonyx celestae was a small-headed herbivore with huge barrel of a chest, and the scientists said it could prove to be a missing evolutionary link.

"This is definitely without a shadow of a doubt a brand new type of dinosaur -- one that no one has seen before and one that has a very significant position in the family tree of dinosaurs," said Australian paleontologist Adam Yates.

Yates, who is based at the University of the Witwatersrand's Bernard Price Institute for Paleontological Research, led the research with a number of other local and international scientists.

Their findings were published Wednesday in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B, a London-based peer-reviewed journal.

The Aardonyx celestae walked on its hind legs but could drop to all fours and stood about 1.7 metres high at the hip, the scientists said. It was about 10 years old when it died and weighed about 500 kilograms. Its death may have been caused by drought.

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Will the missing link be the final suolution or just another piece of the puzzle ?
 
Cliffy
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Oh Oh! The "Earth is only 6000 years old" crowd will be scrambling to discredit this in a hurry.
 
Tonington
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Another piece.
 
Dexter Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by Francis2004 View Post

Will the missing link be the final suolution or just another piece of the puzzle ?

They're all pieces of the puzzle, only the media talk about missing links.
 
Tonington
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I find if people want to use the term 'missing links', it helps to equate that to the puzzle piece. It's only a missing link in a single column or row of the entire puzzle (using just the simplest puzzles ). Even if you leave that one piece out, most people can still understand what the puzzle is portraying. The rest of the puzzle is not dependent on that single piece.
 
AnnaG
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If they found it, it isn't missing anymore, is it? So, the media should start calling it a "found link".
 
SirJosephPorter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Francis2004 View Post

Dinosaur species dating back 200 million years found




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Will the missing link be the final suolution or just another piece of the puzzle ?


They say it is a dinosaur species, so I assume it cannot be called a missing link. Anyway, 200 million years is about when dinosaurs are thought to have evolved in the first place. So I assume this would be one of the first dinosaur species to appear. No doubt it will give valuable information as to dinosaur evolution.