Fossils of Two Massive New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Northwest China

Scientists have discovered two giant new dinosaur species in northwest China. (ZHAO Chuang and WANG Xiaolin)

There’s a new day dawning for dinosaurs.

Scientists have discovered two giant new dinosaur species in northwest China — a region where dinosaur fossils had never previously been found — according to a study released Thursday in Scientific Reports.

In recent years, a number of fossils were unearthed from China’s Turpan-Hami Basin in Xinjiang and were comprised of flying pterosaurs, preserved eggs, embryos and fossil fragments of spinal vertebrae and rib cages.

Three of the fossils — dating to about 120 million to 130 million years old, from the early Cretaceous period — were initially a mystery to scientists. However, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Museum of Brazil were able to determine that two of those belonged to previously unknown species: Silutitan sinensis and Hamititan xinjiangensis.

Both names mention the Greek word “titan” in reference to their giant size, and the dinosaurs are part of the sauropod family, the largest animals to ever walk the earth and known for being herbivorous and having long necks and tails.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Noah Sheidlower

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