New dinosaur species have been identified by British and South African researchers based on a fossil found in South Africa for more than 40 years.
The remains were discovered in 1978 and have since been preserved in the collection of the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. At the time, researchers believed they had found remains of a massospondylus that lived in the early Jurassic, but a new study of bones and skulls revealed that it was a completely new species, according to the Phys.org science news portal.
The PeerJ. According to a study published in the scientific journal, Ngwevu intloko, a gray skull, is a new species of the subspecies sauropodomorpha and forms a completely new genus.
The animal was three meters long, muscular in shape, walked on two feet and had a long neck with small heads, eating plants and smaller animals. It once lived 200 million years ago, between the geographic Triassic and Jurassic times, when more complex ecosystems dominated the planet.
Massospondylus is one of the first sexes of dinosaurs that lived at the beginning of the Jurassic period. Remnants of South Africa are regularly found, are subordinate to the sauropodomorpha, and are preserved by our sauropod ancestors.
Researchers are now beginning to examine fossils previously thought to be massospondylus, saying more species may exist than previously thought. The discovery can help researchers better understand the transition between the Triassic and Jurassic.