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A new species of dinosaur discovered in Zimbabwe

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A new species of dinosaur has been discovered in the Zambezi River Valley in Zimbabwe. Archaeologists named it Musankwa sanyatiensis. Research detailing this significant discovery was published in the journal “Acta Palaeontologica Polonica”.

Dinosaur fossils were discovered near Lake Kariba, an artificial reservoir on the Zambezi River, created on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Musankwa sanyatiensis, as the new species was named, is the fourth dinosaur discovered in Zimbabwe. The research was conducted by an international team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, Stony Brook University in New York, and was led by Professor Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum in London.

It was named after the houseboat

The rocks in which the fossil was found date back to the Late Triassic period, approximately 210 million years ago. The skeleton was only partially preserved in the form of the bones of the hind leg. The dinosaur was a herbivore and weighed about 400 kilograms. “Despite limited fossil material, this bone material has unique features that distinguish it from other dinosaurs that lived at the same time,” explained Dr. Kimberley Chapelle of Stony Brook University. The species was named Musankwa after the houseboat of the same name, which in the Tonga dialect means “boy close to marriage”. The barge located on Lake Kariba was the team's home and laboratory during two expeditions in 2017 and 2018. Research detailing this discovery was published in late May in the journal “Acta Palaeontologica Polonica”.

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