200-million-year-old dinosaur thigh bone to be revealed

2015-11-10 09:08


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Johannesburg - The thigh bone of a yet-to-be-named 200-million-year-old dinosaur will be revealed by University of the Witwatersrand researchers on Tuesday.

The bone is said to belong to a 10-ton plant eater or "Highland Giant" and is the largest animal ever found in the Karoo, the university said.

The Evolutionary Studies Institute's Dr Jonah Choiniere will announce the finding and also show some recent discoveries of early dinosaurs that made up South Africa's palaeo history.

An educational poster-artwork by geo-artist Maggie Newman will also be unveiled.

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

According to Wits, it depicts some of the most amazing dinosaur discoveries ever found in the Karoo basin near the border with Lesotho.

The poster will also show the plants of the time, the earliest mammals, a primitive crocodile and a mammal ancestor.

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Read more on:    wits university  |  johannesburg  |  archaeology  |  dinosaurs

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