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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