'Lonely Small Bandit': New Species of Meat-Eating Dinosaur Discovered in Madagascar
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | April 21, 2013 12:21 AM EST
Scientists have discovered a new species of meat-eating dinosaur in Madagascar - a first new species identified on the island country after almost a decade.
According to American scientists, the dinosaurs roamed the Earth some 90 million years ago when India and Madagascar were one landmass cut off from the rest of the world. The fossils of the prehistoric mammal were discovered in 2007 and in 2010. Researchers found that the fossils had unique structure which suggested that they were a new species.
Scientists revealed that the dinosaur was a meat-eating ancient mammal that roamed the Earth. It weighed about the size of a large cow and belonged to a group of carnivorous dinosaurs called abelisauroids. Scientists have given the dinosaur a Malagasy name called Dahalokely tokana - meaning "lonely small bandit." The name refers to its diet as well as its isolation in the isolated landmass in the ocean, reported BBC.
Dahalokely tokana would have grown from 2.75 to 4.3 metres long and walked on two legs. "This dinosaur was closely related to other famous dinosaurs from the southern continents, like the horned Carnotaurus from Argentina and Majungasaurus, also from Madagascar," co-author of the study Joe Sertich, a curator for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, was quoted as saying by RedOrbit.
Until now, scientists were not able to find Madagascar dinosaur fossils that date back between 165 and 70 million years. The newly-discovered dinosaur fossils, which date back 90 million years, shortens the gap by about 20 million years.
"The most intriguing thing for me is that it fills a major gap in what we know about the history of dinosaurs in Madagascar," Andrew Farke, of the Raymond M Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, California, told the BBC.
"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," he added.
The details of the discovery are published in the journal PLOS ONE.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Forever Lost: Indescribable Anguish for Malaysia Airlines MH17 Families, Remains of Some Victims May Never Be Found (PHOTOS)
- Lunch with the Gods: Pope Francis Eats with Vatican Workers in Cafeteria
- Celebrities Suffering From Lupus: Facts About the Disease
Join the Conversation
- New Technology to Build Invisible Material Using Light: Study Says
- Luxury Cruise: A 'Once In A Lifetime' Trip To Experience Environment Devastation in the Arctic
- NASA Astronomers Unearths Mysterious Signal That 'Could Not Be Explained By Known Physics' [Watch Video]
- Breaking Discovery: Industrial Pollution Reached South Pole by 19th Century
- UK Converts Coal Plants Into Solar Cell Farms
- These 2 Questions Reveal if You Unwittingly Abuse Alcohol
- Jennifer Lopez and Her Wild 45th Birthday Party: How JLo’s Life-Size Birthday Cake from SamiCakes Boutique Was Made
- Blake Griffin’s Back Injury Is the Reason for His Withdrawal from Team U.S.A.
- Supernatural Season 10 Spoilers: Metatron Capable of Saving Castiel's Fading Grace
- Anderson Silva To Test the Octagon Anew After Freak Leg Injury, To Fight Nick Diaz in 2015