Transitional Dinosaur Species Found in South Africa


Artist's illustration of sauropods.

South African paleontologists recently announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur, Aardonyx celestae. The fossil record suggests that giant four-legged giant herbivorous sauropods evolved from bipedal predecessors known as sauropodomorphs. Aardonyx celestae is a transitional species that bridges the gap between sauropodomorphs and sauropods.  With features like a long slender neck, a barrel-shaped body, narrow jaws and a bipedal stance, Aardonyx celestae blends the features of sauropodomorphs and sauropods.


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