The new species was not much smaller than Tyrannosaurus rex. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Marcel Kunkel
An enormous meat-eating dinosaur measuring up to 30ft in length once roamed what is now Southern Africa.
Discovered by a team of researchers from universities in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, this prehistoric behemoth was part of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs known as 'megatherapods'.
Its footprints were found in the Maseru District of Lesotho - a small country in Southern Africa.
The discovery of such a large carnivorous dinosaur dating back to the Early Jurassic epoch was particularly unexpected as meat-eaters from that time were typically much smaller.
"The latest discovery is very exciting and sheds new light on the kind of carnivore that roamed what is now Southern Africa," said Dr Fabien Knoll from the University of Manchester.
"That's because it is the first evidence of an extremely large meat-eating animal roaming a landscape otherwise dominated by a variety of herbivorous, omnivorous and much smaller carnivorous dinosaurs. It really would have been top of the food chain."
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