New Species of Dinosaur Was Discovered in South African Museum

New Species of Dinosaur Was Discovered in South African Museum

A new species of dinosaur has been discovered, after being kept in a museum collection for 30 years. New species of dinosaur is measured three meters in length. 

It has been named Ngwevu intloko, which means grey skull in the South African Xhosa language, and is being held at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Professor Barrett said it had originally been presumed to be an example of the Massospondylus, which was another long-neck dinosaur from the early Jurassic period.

The dinosaur’s remains, which were discovered in South Africa in 1978 and were being kept in a collection at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, had been identified as a Massospondylus — a dinosaur from the Early Jurassic period.

So, when a team of researchers from London’s Natural History Museum and the University of Witwatersrand studied the specimen, found the bones and skull belonged to an entirely new species.

Dinosaur researcher Paul Barrett and PhD student Kimberley Chapelle at the Natural History Museum worked to identify the new dinosaur.  

“My colleagues over the years have looked at it, but they’d always thought it was an unusual example of this very common dinosaur, Massospondylus, which is very well known from South Africa”.

“One of my PHD students, Kimberley Chapelle, has been working on Massospondylus and looking in detail at a lot of the different specimens that had been assumed to be that kind of dinosaur,” Barrett said.

“It differed in a large number of ways in terms of the appearance of its skull, and in the shape of its skull bones, and one or two other features — enough to suggest that it’s actually a completely different kind of dinosaur,” he said.

New Species of Dinosaur Was Discovered in South African Museum

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