Portuguese paleontologist Octavio Matus discovered the first dinosaur tracks in Angola during an international archaeological expedition to that country this summer. The paleontologist told a Lusa news agency that the footprint "believed to have belonged to a sauropod that lived during the Lower Cretaceous period, approximately 128 million years ago”.
After finding 70 mammal tracks, the international team of scientists, made up of two Americans, a Dutchman and an Angolan, all led by Matus, said that “mammals are much larger than we thought they could be at that time, on this side of the world”.
During the expedition, fossils of sauropod dinosaurs were also discovered in the province of Namibe, in southern Angola, "which provide new clues for the discovery of new resting places in that area." Fossils of plesiosaurs, mosasaurs and pterosaurs, marine mammals, whales and crocodiles, were also found.
Two new species of mosasaurs (marine reptiles), which were not known to have existed in Angola, were also discovered: the Carnodeus Belgicus and Mosasaurus Hoffmani, which had a 1.5 meter skull.
The expedition took place in the provinces of Cabinda, Angola, Bengo, Kwanza Sul, Benguela, Namibe, Huila and Lunda Sul. Once studied, the findings will be exhibited at the Geology Museum of the Agostinho Neto University, in Luanda.
It should be noted that during an expedition in 2005, also led by Octavio Matus, the first dinosaur fossils in the country's history were found and on that occasion they were classified as a new species of sauropods, called Angolatitan Adamastor.
Source: The Portugal News
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