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Scientists have found a brand new species of the iconic Stegasaur.
Stegosaurs are some of the most well-known dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth thanks to their iconic bony plates which protrude from their spines and tails.
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And a team from the Natural History Museum found the animal, dubbed Adratiklit boulahfa, meaning 'mountain lizard' in the Berber language, in the Moroccan mountains.
It likely walked the Earth 168 million years ago, far earlier than other known Stegosaurs, and only a handful of fossilised bones remain.
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Despite the specimen including only a few vertebrae and an upper arm bone, scientists concluded it was a new species and genus which dates to the middle Jurassic period.
The team, led by Dr Susannah Maidment, named it Adratiklit boulahfa as a reference to the locality in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco where the specimen was found.
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'The discovery of Adratiklit boulahfa is particularly exciting as we have dated it to the middle Jurassic,' said Dr Maidment.
'Most known stegosaurs date from far later in the Jurassic period, making this the oldest definite stegosaur described and helping to increase our understanding of the evolution of this group of dinosaurs.'
Specimen - Stegosaur
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