A team of scientists found a unique relic of the past in the southern part of Africa. The groundbreaking discovery regards the largest meat-eating dinosaur ever found in this part of the world. Such a fossil indicates that this territory was home to humungous carnivore which science managed to identify only recently. The species was named Kayentapus ambrokholohali and is part of the megatheropod.
Scientists Tracked Down the First Signs of Kayentapus Ambrokholohali in February 2016
Megatheropods were the owners of a lucky combination of features that propelled them in the upper side of the food chain. They were both of large dimensions and carnivorous dinosaurs. Their only weakness was their two short front hands, just like the famous Tyrannosaurus rex.
Their exemplary evolution started around 145 million years ago during the transition between the late Jurassic and Cretaceous eras. However, the generous body length of 30 feet was already a common trait among K. ambrokholohali members about 200 million years ago in the early Jurassic. Interestingly enough the African species has no equivalent version in the Southern Hemisphere.
The first time the world of science indexed clear proof of its existence was in February 2016. This was when a team of scientists from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the University of Manchester, United Kingdom discovered massive footprints with three toes.
The markings measure around two feet long and 1.6 foot wide. Based on these measurements, specialists concluded that this special theropod was 10 feet from the ground to the hip. The footprints are located in Lesotho, South Africa. The ground of the site was likely a river bank around 200 million years ago.
K Ambrokholohali Was the Largest Known Meat-Eating Dinosaur of Its Age in South Africa
Fabien Knoll at the University of Manchester claimed that this discovery is first of its kind. Before finding the footprints, the world of science had a different image of the lands of the past that eventually formed South Africa.
“This discovery marks the first occurrence of very large carnivorous dinosaurs in the Early Jurassic of southern Gondwana.”
This picture consists only of omnivorous, herbivorous and small carnivorous creatures. Therefore, the large meat-eating dinosaur is a major disruption of the body of knowledge people accumulated so far.
While T. rex was 40 feet tall, it lived in a different age. Therefore, these megatheropods were much larger than its contemporaries. The second largest known creature of that time measure no more than 22 feet and was another species of theropods.
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