British scientists have discovered a new species of stegosaurus, which is considered the oldest of its kind ever found.
The remains of an armored dinosaur that had unique lamellar bones protruding from its spine were examined by a group from the British Museum of Natural History.
According to the museum, they belong to the new genus, which dates back to about 168 million years ago, or the Middle Jurassic period, which makes the remains much older than most famous stegosaurs.
The remains were found in the mountains of the Middle Atlas of Morocco.
“The most famous stegosaurs date back much later, during the Jurassic, which makes this oldest defined stegosaurus described and helps us better understand the evolution of this group of dinosaurs,” said Susanna Madement, who led the team, in a press statement.
The specimen is the first stegosaurus found in North Africa.
The maid explained: “What is surprising about this is that in places that have not yet been excavated,” you can find many more thyrophoranic dinosaurs. ”
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