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Dinosaur Bones Found Near Red Sea

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Dinosaurs have been identified in Saudi Arabia for the first time, highlighting how widespread the creatures once were.

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Dot A (182)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:22 am

DINOSAURS have been identified in Saudi Arabia for the first time, highlighting how widespread the creatures once were.

Scientists unearthed tail bones from a giant plant-eating “titanosaur” together with teeth from a six-metre-long predator, thought to be a distant relative of Tyrannosaurus rex.

The 72 million-year-old fossils were discovered in the northwest of the kingdom along the Red Sea coast.

When the dinosaurs were alive, the Arabian landmass was largely under water and formed the northern coastal edge of the African continent.

Benjamin Kear, from Uppsala University in Sweden, led the team of scientists studying the remains.

“Dinosaur fossils are exceptionally rare in the Arabian Peninsula, with only a handful of highly fragmented bones documented this far,” he said.

“This discovery is important not only because of where the remains were found, but also because of the fact that we can actually identify them.

“Indeed, these are the first taxonomically recognisable dinosaurs reported from the Arabian Peninsula.”

The titanosaur identified by the researchers was a lumbering giant with a long neck and tail that stood on four legs.

In contrast, the meat-eating abelisaurid whose teeth were recovered was a fast-moving, bipedal theropod.

Similar dinosaurs have been found in North Africa, Madagascar and South America.

The finds are described in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.

We do live in on an amazing planet, Giana! Thanks for sharing!!!
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Roger G (154)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:50 am
noted, thanks

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:27 pm
Interestingly enough, Conservative Islam is just as bad as Conservative Christianity, on the subject of Evolution! They have put out some weird "Scientific" [NOT!] stuff on the Internet...
Conservative Judaism, same thing. Amazing.
Fortunately for it, the Roman Catholic Church has NO OFFICIAL POSITION on Evolution...

Wonder if there will be pressure from Conservative Muslims to hamper such researches in the Arabian Peninsula....
Oh, well, they'll have some "explanation" about how Humans and Dinosaurs co-existed 6,000 years ago...

They all, Conservative Christians, Muslims, and ultra-Orthodox Jews, put out very bright & shiny religious materials, magazines, Internet stuff, books, etc., promulgating their Creationist views very colorfully and eye-catchingly... full of pseudo-"facts", that sound "scientific" as all get-out... has to be actually seen to be believed!
Guess at their very cores, the Patriarchal Religions are more similar than different...

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:44 pm
Interesting, thanks.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:10 pm
Interesting. Thank you.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 8:59 pm
Fascinating as always to find out more about dinosaur bones. They are a window to the world of the past.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 1:19 am
Considering the continents were 1, it doesn't seem that surprising.

Ken O (55)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:30 am
Where's the article? We're starting to find more and more links to articles that take you nowhere.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 5:39 am
Thanks Giana

Sharon Karson (82)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:09 pm
I wasn't aware that there was a dearth of fossils in the Arabian Peninsula. I had just assumed that dinosaurs were a global phenomena. I have a degree in anthropology and I'm still learning new things. Thanks for the info.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:54 am
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