Monday, September 08, 2014 – Paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, Rukwatitan bisepultus. This find is quite noteworthy because just four titanosaur species have been Africa, compared to the thirty found in South America. Titanosaurs were massive-bodied, four-legged herbivores that thrived during Cretaceous era.
“Using the help of professional excavators and coal miners, the team unearthed vertebrae, ribs, limbs and pelvic bones over the course of two field seasons.”
The study has been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology per the National Science Foundation.
- Name: Rukwatitan bisepultus
- Found in: Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania, Africa
- Lived in: Mid-Cretaceous
- Unearthed vertebrae, ribs, limbs and pelvic bones
- Measurements: Forelimbs – over 2m, Weight – “several elephants” (Oddly lacks specificity.)