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- Scientists have described a new species of stegosaurus and dated it to 168 million years ago, which makes it the oldest known member of that group of dinosaurs ever known.
- Remains of a stegosaur, a dinosaur made famous through the Jurassic Park films, were studied by a team from the Natural History Museum and belong to a new genus which walked the earth around 168 million years ago.
What is Stegosaurus?
Stegosaurs are armoured dinosaurs recognisable by spike-like bones protruding from their spine and tails.
First stegosaurus to be found in North Africa
- Its remains were discovered in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco.
- Most stegosaurus remains so far have been found in the northern hemisphere.
Why the Name ‘Adratiklit boulahfa’?
The name is derived from the words used by the Berber (an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa) for mountains (Adras), lizard (tiklit) and the area where the specimen was found (Boulahfa).
The Adratiklit was armoured and herbivorous, and lived on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, which later split into Africa, South America, Australia and Antarctica.