Researchers Have Discovered New Species of Dinosaur
All new species of dinosaur has been discovered, after being misidentified and kept in a museum assortment for several decades.
The dinosaurs stays, which have been found in South Africa in 1978 and have been being kept in a collection at the Witwatersrand University, had been recognized as a Massospondylus - a dinosaur from the Early Jurassic period.
However, after a group of researchers from Londons Natural History Museum and the University of Witwatersrand reassessed the specimen, they realized the bones and skull belonged to a completely new species.
Dinosaur researcher Paul Barrett and Ph.D. student Kimberley Chapelle at the Natural History Museum labored to identify the new dinosaur.
The researchers verified that the dinosaur was in fact, not what it appeared by comparing the specimen with other Massospondylus fossils.
The new dinosaur, which might have measured around 10 feet tall and eaten plants and small animals, is believed to have had a chunky body, an extended slender neck, and a small boxy head.
The specimen has now been renamed "Ngwevu intloko," which implies "gray skull" within the Xhosa language and was selected to honor South Africas heritage.
The discovery will give scientists a better understanding of the transition between the Jurassic periods and Triassic around 200 million years ago - suggesting more advanced ecosystems had been thriving throughout the period than previously thought.
The invention, Barrett informed, is bound to come as a shock to those who assumed the dinosaur was a Massospondylus.
"It additionally suggests that there will be much more surprises lurking for us in those South African collections as we look in more detail," he added.
Shekhar looks after the editorial duties of the News column. He possesses a deep background in Share market and market research. Prior to joining Reliable Magazine, he was a full-time market investment adviser at Investing. Shekhar holds degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Boston.