New dinosaur found that’s 20MILLION years older than cousins – with ‘bone spikes and tank-like body’

AN unusual fossil with a series of spikes has been revealed to be the remains of a new species of dinosaur. The fossil of an ankylosaur rib, found at the Boulahfa site in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco, is believed to be at least 20 million years older than any of that species found before, scientists said, while its shape is also “unusual”. PAThe spiky dinosaur was discovered in Morocco[/caption] PAIt’s believed to be 20million years older than similar dino species[/caption] GettyThe new dinosaur was an ankylosaur, so may have looked something like this[/caption] Ankylosaurs were a herbivorous group of dinosaurs known for their armoured tank-like bodies and a club-shaped tail tip. Palaeontologist Dr Susannah Maidment, a researcher at the Natural History Museum, told the PA news agency existing fossils of ankylosaurs are from the Cretaceous period, roughly between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, but this bone is around 165 million years old, dating to the Jurassic era. She said: “Ankylosaurs are well known from the Cretaceous period, particularly from North America and from Asia, and we know a whole bunch of different species but this is completely different from all of those. “This is a new species…

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New dinosaur found that’s 20MILLION years older than cousins – with ‘bone spikes and tank-like body’

Updated: September 23, 2021 — 10:26 am