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.

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.

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