Sahara “was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth, a place where a human time-traveler would not last very long,” due to flying reptiles said Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy, and author of the study revealed what the Kem Kem Group was back then.
Kem Kem Group, aka Kem Kem beds, or Continental Red Beds, or Continental Intercalaire, is a geological group with coating dating to the Late Cretaceous. It extends in southeastern Morocco along the border with Algeria.
A joined army of researchers from the Universities of Detroit, Chicago, Montana, Portsmouth (UK), Leicester (UK, David Unwin), Casablanca (Morocco), and McGill (Canada), as well as the Paris Museum of Natural History, processed a detailed and illustrated exposure of the fossil-rich escarpment of the Kem Kem beds.
The scientists all agree that this was the most dangerous place on Earth in Late Cretaceous. And since Cretaceous is the most perilous era of them all, it can be considered that Sahara was the most dangerous place on Earth ever.
Flying Reptiles Roamed Sahara In Ancient Times
Among a few pterosaurs, aka native flying reptiles, and some crocodile-like hunters, the Carcharodontosaurus and Deltadromeus lived there. Carcharodontosaurus was the longest and heaviest known carnivorous dinosaur. Specimens were even longer than Tyrannosaurus-rex. Its name comes from Greek and can be translated into jagged teeth lizard probably due to its enormous jaws and eight inches teeth.
Deltadromeus comes from a delta runner. With a length comparable to a Carcharodontosaurus, thus a Tyrannosaurus-rex, the Deltadromeus was a 1050 kilograms raptor and had with long, abnormally slim rear appendages (aka hands).
To make it even scarier, co-author Professor David Martill from the University of Portsmouth added: “The coelacanth, for example, is probably four or even five times large than today’s coelacanth.”
“There is an enormous freshwater saw shark called Onchopristis with the most fearsome of rostral teeth, they are like barbed daggers, but beautifully shiny,” he added. Accordingly, flying reptiles made Sahara the most dangerous place on Earth during ancient times.