Speed Reads


New titanosaur found inside of cliff wall in Tanzania

Paleontologists from Ohio University have made a huge discovery in Tanzania: a new species of titanosaur.

The Rukwatitan bisepultus likely weighed as much as several elephants, and had forelegs six-and-a-half feet long, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fossil that paleontologists found included vertebrae, ribs, pelvic bones, and legs, and was inside of the wall of a cliff in the Rukwa Rift Basin in southwestern Tanzania.

The titanosaur died about 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, and is a big find not just because of its size, but because of how rare it is to unearth a titanosaur fossil in Africa. Researchers say that this discovery will help them in figuring out relationships between different species.