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Scientists Discovers New Dinosaur: Moabosaurus

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Apr 19, 2017 06:50 AM EDT

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Meet Moabosaurus: Utah's newest dinosaur identified by BYU geologists
The dinosaur bones were hard to find and saved especially when the land have battered so much of what was left. About 5,500 bones were collected to recreate the species
(Photo: Brigham Young University/Youtube)

A new species of dinosaur was found in Utah and is believed to have roamed the country about 125 million years ago. Scientists from the Brigham Young University in Provo have discovered the herbivore standing about 32 feet high and named the dinosaur as Moabosaurus from the city, Moab, by the Dalton Wells Quarry, near Arches National Park.

Paleontologist Brooks Britt told Travel and Leisure that the species had elephant-like limbs and had broad, speculated teeth. They have collected 5,500 bones in the quarry, but most of them were hard to use to form the dinosaur.

Science World Report testified Britt as saying, "And that is why it took so long to get this animal put together, we had to collect huge numbers of bones in order to get enough that were complete." They believed that the Moabosaurus lived in a time when "Utah" was full of lakes and trees in its surroundings.

However, when drought came to the land, many of these dinosaurs died with their skeletal remains suffered intense damage through the years. Their bones were brittle and caused by land and erosion beating the fractured pieces adrift in a short distance. They were trampled on by various forces and were eaten by insects according to Britt.

Meanwhile, the skeleton of the Moabosaurus is on display at the Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology. The new dinosaur is seemingly close to the species found in Tanzania and Spain. The scientists have figured that there might be a geological connection between America, Africa, and Europe.

Utah is now seen as "goldmine" for American paleontologists as the state has more dinosaur bones. It is considered as the dinosaur state in America after having many discoveries of the species. Hundreds of dinosaur bones and fossils are found in the state. They even considered the Allosaurus as their official state fossil.

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