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New species of ‘titanosaur’ unearthed in Egypt

Africa is a hot spot for human fossil discoveries, but for dinosaurs: not so much. That’s why a new dig in the Sahara Desert in Egypt is drumming up excitement among paleontologists, BBC News reports. Researchers unearthed the 80-million-year-old remains of a new species of “titanosaur”—a group of dinosaurs that includes the largest land animals known to science—and dubbed the school bus–size plant eater Mansourasaurus shahinae. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, is helping paleontologists solve long-standing mysteries about what happened in Africa at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.

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