New Jurassic Giant Found in South Africa
The plant-eating dinosaur, named Ledumahadi mafube, weighed 12 tonnes and stood about four metres high at the hips - nearly twice the size of a large African elephant.
An illustration shows Ledumahadi mafube foraging in the early Jurassic of South Africa. In the foreground sits another South African dinosaur called Heterodontosaurus.
Ledumahadi’s fossil tells a fascinating story, not only of its individual life history, but also the geographic history of where it lived, and of the evolutionary history of sauropod dinosaurs.
Photo: Dr Pia Viglietti/Wits
The partial foot of a large sauropodomorph dinosaur found by Kathleen Dollman and collected near Dordrecht, Eastern Cape, during a field trip earlier this year.
South Africa: Ledumahadi Mafube – South Africa's New Jurassic Giant
Wits University Press, 27 September 2018
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