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New dinosaur species found in Madagascar

Posted on Friday, 19 April, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments

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The meat-eating Dahalokely tokana is thought to have roamed the Earth 90 million years ago.

With a name meaning "lonely small bandit", the new dinosaur is the first to be found in Madagascar in almost a decade. The age of the find points to a time when Madagascar and India were still a single landmass and helps to fill a gap in the fossil record relating to the evolution of animals in both countries.

"The most intriguing thing for me is that it fills a major gap in what we know about the history of dinosaurs in Madagascar," said paleontologist Andrew Farke. "It shortens it by about 20 million years. It would have been a meat-eater, walking on two legs about the size of a large cow, with a tail."

"Dinosaur fossils unearthed in Madagascar are of a new species that roamed the Earth about 90 million years ago, say US researchers."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 19 April, 2013, 14:23
These stories are always a disappointment. The headline says New dinosaur species found in Madagascar, so naturally one would expect that they'd found an enclave of triceratops or Iguanadon roaming about, chomping on the undergrowth, but then we find they were roaming about, chomping the undergrowth, 90 million years ago. Still, Dahalokely tokana is a top name, so I'll give them that.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jeffertonturner on 19 April, 2013, 14:37
I was hopimg they meant alive.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lava_Lady on 19 April, 2013, 18:58
no drawing of what it looked like...
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonshadow60 on 19 April, 2013, 21:37
I Yahooed and found drawings. It's fascinating to know the remains of something that existed 90 million years ago are still around, even bone fragments.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Abramelin on 20 April, 2013, 6:01
It reminds me of Majungasaurus. http://fc00.devianta...ndu-d626ykk.jpg ROAR! But these are the bones they actually found: And from these few bits they create an entire animal?
Comment icon #6 Posted by brainiac on 29 April, 2013, 11:29
What about a flying amphibians is there any. ()

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