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News: First dinosaur fossils found in Saudi Arabia

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Recently, an international group of scientists have discovered the first ever dinosaur fossils from Saudi Arabia, consisting of a few sauropod vertebrae and some theropod teeth. Both finds date to the late Cretaceous Period, approximately 72 MYA.

For much of the Mesozoic Era, most of the Arabian Peninsula was underwater. During the late Cretaceous, this area would have likely been a coastal habitat.

It is unclear which species these fossils belong to. The sauropod vertebrae may belong to a titanosaurid, and the theropod teeth are confirmed to have belonged to an abelisaur. Aside from that, it’s anyone’s guess.

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