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Dinosaur footprints of 70 million years old discovered in Egypt

Dinosaur footprints of 70 million years old discovered in Egypt

Cairo, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian scientists discovered in the south of the eastern desert of this country 16 dinosaur footprints that dating from 70 milion years ago, the president of Cairo University, Mohamed Othman, reported.

In a statement to the media oulets, the official explained that the discovery was made by a team of researches with the collaboaration of the universities of Cairo and New Valley, a southern Egyptian territory.

The calculations draw from the lenght and size of the footprints conclude that the dinosaurs were both herbivores and carnivores, measuring between four and five meters and weighing between 500 to 900 kilograms, the expert explained.

“The footprints were discovered in Upper Cretaceous strata known as the Nubian Sandstone Formation in the southern eastern desert of Egypt,” paleontologist Mohammad Qarni Abdul-Gawad, a member of the team, said.

The studies suggest that the footprints are from saurians that lived in that region of the country approximately 70 million years ago.

According to experts, there is a lack of fossil record of reptiles from that period in Africa because the continents were then undergoing massive geological and geographical changes, hence it is an important discovery for paleontology, geology and evolutionary research in general.


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