A team of researchers from the University of Mansoura have made a rare discovery, bringing to light the skeleton of an herbivore dinosaur, the size of a bus. Considering that the Egypt desert is known as a very good preservation spot for various types of remains, this could mark the beginning of a promising series of discoveries.
The leader of the research team is equally excited about the discovery and anticipates even more spectacular findings, including the potential discovery of a predatory species of dinosaur. This recent discovery was named “Mansourasaurus Shahinae”, honouring the university to which the research team belongs and one of the founders of their department of palaeontology, and was announced on the 29th of January, in an article that was published in the “Nature: ecology and evolution” magazine.
According to experts in paleontology, the discovery of the immense dinosaur skeleton could reveal important information about the African continent, regarding the migration of dinosaurs and the period prior to their extinction, of which very little is known so far.
Until now, the main theory circulated among paleontologists was that dinosaurs that inhabited the African territory were autonomous from the rest of the species, living isolated in a secluded space. However, the discovery of the long-necked herbivore in Egypt contradicts this theory, as the skeleton shares similar anatomical particularities to the remains discovered in Europe, which were dated around the same period, thus creating a potential connection between the species inhabiting the two territories.
So far, aside from being herbivorous, researchers were not able to determine any other particularities of the Mansourasaurus’ lifetime and death. The skeleton of the dinosaur resembles another important discovery made in Egypt in 2001, of another long-necked herbivorous dinosaur, known as Paralititan Stromeri, but they are significantly different in size.
The team of researchers will continue exploring the newly discovered dinosaur skeleton, but also the area in which they found it, in the hope of further success. At the same time, they are hopeful that their discovery will support further funding of the paleontological research in Egypt.