First dinosaur fossils found in Saudi Arabia
QMI Agency
First posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 02:26 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 02:30 PM EST
A tail from a Brontosaurus-like dinosaur, along with some teeth from a carnivorous theropod, are the first dinosaur fossils found in Saudi Arabia.
Researchers said the fossils were discovered in a desert that was once a beach.
"Dinosaur fossils are exceptionally rare in the Arabian Peninsula, with only a handful of highly fragmented bones documented this far" Benjamin Kear of Uppsala University in Sweden said in a press release. "This discovery is important not only because of where the remains were found, but also because of the fact that we can actually identify them. Indeed, these are the first taxonomically recognizable dinosaurs reported from the Arabian Peninsula."
The teeth and bones are approximately 72 million years old.
The dinosaur finds were published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. Researchers from Sweden, Australia and Saudi Arabia documented the discovery together.
Adaffa Sauropod Vertebra: One of the exceptionally rare tail vertebrae from Saudi Arabiaís first described giant titanosaurid sauropod. This dinosaur was probably in excess of 20 m long when alive. Photograph: Tim Holland (Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond).

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