A rare specimen of dinosaur with bulldog face and body similar to that of a tyrannosaurus rex It was discovered in the Bahariya Formation, a famous fossil site in the Sahara desert in Egypt.
The fossil vertebrae belonged to a recently described species of carnivorous abelisaurid dinosaur, a bipedal carnivorous group that lived during the Cretaceous period (145 million to 66 million years ago).
“We are about 99% certain that, unlike some of its relatives from other times and places, this particular abelisaurid was not at the top of its food chain,” said Matthew Lamanna, a paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and one of the researchers who discovered the dinosaur, to WordsSideKick.com.
This abelisaurid is the first dinosaur of its kind to be discovered at the Bahariya Formation site. After performing a computer analysis of the bone’s morphology, the team concluded that it belonged to a previously unknown species, which has not yet been given a scientific name. They published their findings June 8 in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
The newly described fossil is now stored in the permanent collection of the Center for Vertebrate Paleontology at Mansoura University in Egypt.