Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dinosaur Bones Being Revealed!

There is a shifting habitat in the south Sahara revealing death from millions of years ago...

It's hard to imagine the intensely hot, arid climate of Niger's Teriere desert any other way. But beneath the lifeless sands and gravel plains is a wealth of fossils that conjure a different scene. More than 25 tons (23 metric t) of dinosaur fossils have been excavated from the region, the bones of creatures that thrived in thick tropical forests fed by wide rivers millions of years ago. The findings are a window to a time when the Sahara was lush and fertile and a supercontinent was breaking apart. The Tenere dinosaur species differ from those that inhabited North America and Asia, like the well-known Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Archaeologists found fossils in the now desert from the first small dog-size dinosaur and the giant Spinosaurus, possibly the first dinosaur to take to the water.

From National Geographic's "Hidden Earth" which you can purchase here.

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