Dinosaur larger than T-Rex found on SA soil

2015-11-10 16:16
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

PICS: 200-million-year-old dinosaur bone found in Karoo

The thigh bone of a 200-million-year-old dinosaur has been revealed by Wits researchers, who say it is the largest animal ever found in the Karoo. View pics of the discovery here.

Johannesburg - The remains of the largest dinosaurs to ever be found on South African soil were revealed at the Wits University Origins Centre on Tuesday.

Dr Jonah Choineire, a senior researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, said the remains of the plant-eating creature were found between the border of Lesotho and South Africa just outside of Clarens.

- More: PICS: 200-million-year-old dinosaur bone found in Karoo

"For those of you that know T-Rex, it was about 50% heavier than T-Rex," he said.

The dinosaur, which is yet to be named, was estimated to have weighed about 14 tons.

Over the years, only several parts of the species, which is currently nicknamed the "Highland Giant", have been found.

To date, the greatest part of the Highland Giant to be discovered was a thigh-bone.

A complete femur of the Highland Giant would measure a metre long.

Choineire said over the years a large ulna, vertebrae and claw pieces belonging to the animal have also been found.

- Read more: 'Rain Lizard' dinosaur makes its debut

"This is the stuff we haven't published yet and it will be coming out in a year or two," he said.

He said the discovery of all the bones was due to the work of hundreds of people, including students.

Coinciding with the Unesco World Science Day for Peace and Development, the Wits Department of Science and Technology also launched an educational poster-artwork by geo-artist Maggie Newsman.

The poster depicted South Africa over 200-million years ago when the continents were splitting apart and early dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Choineire said the poster would show young learners that South Africa was a land which was rich with dinosaurs.

"And we hope that it will get them excited about studying the science behind South Africa's incredible palaeosciences heritage," he said.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  dinosaurs

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.