New dinosaur species discovered

Matthew Hendricks By Matthew Hendricks, 21st Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3eroftr4/
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A new species of dinosaur called the "lonely small bandit" has been discovered in Madagascar. This is the first new species discovered in almost a decade.

New dinosaur species discovered

According to redorbit.com, a pair of American researchers has announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur from Madagascar, the first such discovery in almost a decade.

The new species which has been dubbed Dahalokely tokana (lonely small bandit), is between nine and 14 feet long, and lived around 90 million years ago.

According to independent.co.uk, scientists believe it belonged to a family of dinosaurs known as the abelisauroids.

Telegraph.co.uk reports Dahalokely could be an ancestor of later dinosaurs that lived both in Madagascar and India.

Lead scientist Dr Andrew Farke, from the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in California, US, said the find was of particular importance as it was evidence that the abelisaurid family of dinosaur had been in Madagascar at the time.

"We had always suspected that abelisauroids were in Madagascar 90 million years ago, because they were also found in younger rocks on the island. Dahalokey nicely confirms this hypothesis," he said.

Madagascar has been isolated from India for the past 88 million years.

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