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T-Rex-like dinosaur discovered in the Egyptian desert

In the heart of the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt's western desert, a team of Egyptian and American researchers discovered the fossil of a carnivorous dinosaur that would have lived 98 million years ago.

The paleontologists behind this discovery unearthed a spine identified as that of a theropod. The bone would belong to a dinosaur similar to a T-Rex, characterized by hollow bones, three-fingered limbs but especially by its 6 meters long.

The study of prehistory is reborn in Egypt

Ancient Egypt is the subject of much archaeological research. However, this team, led by Professor Hesham Sallam, proves to be one of the few to document prehistoric life in the country. The professor, a specialist in vertebrate paleontology at the American University in Cairo, was indeed the instigator of this discipline which did not exist before.

Several discoveries have since been made by Egyptian teams in recent years in the region, such as the discovery of a species of semi-aquatic whale that lived 43 million years ago, or the detection of dinosaur footprints dating back 70 million years.


An oasis rich in rare fossils

The Bahariya oasis is a famous place for the discovery of several dinosaurs at the beginning of the 20th century, mainly the Spinosaurus, the largest carnivorous dinosaur known. However, the fossils were transported to Munich during the Second World War and were destroyed by bombing. Since then, we had to wait until the 21st century for new research to be carried out. However, the Sahara desert was the habitat of large predatory dinosaurs in the middle of the Cretaceous period, which lasted nearly 80 million years, a period long enough to ensure that their traces remain well and truly buried in the area …