Tuesday, August 29, 2006

 

Fossils of new dino species found (Titanosaur 'Maxakalisaurus topai')

UPDATE 16th September: Aljazeera was chosen for this report to add 'variety' but the link is proving to be unreliable. If it doesn't work try "Brazilians unearth new monster dino species" (The Register, UK), "New dinosaur rears its long neck in Brazil" (People's Daily, China), or The Times of India's "Scientists unveil dinosaur fossil in Brazil"

Aljazeera Science News Report: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Paleontologists have discovered a new giant dinosaur species based on fossilised fragments of the herbivorous reptile that lived 80 million years ago.

The Maxakalisaurus topai, of the Titanosauria group, was 13 metres long and weighed about nine tonnes.

It had a large body, long tail and neck with a relatively small head.

..The fossils date back to the Late Cretaceous period..

..The name of the species, Maxakalisaurus topai, derives from an Indian tribe, Maxakali, which lives in the area. Topa is a divinity that the tribe worships. [Titanosaur]

Alternative News Report from The Times of India

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