Scientists have discovered new Spinosaurus fossils in the Morocco desert cliffs. The remains belong to Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, which is believed to be the biggest predator dinosaur that ever walked the Earth. The gigantic dinosaur was 50 foot long and weighed seven tons, it roamed the African lands and it’s a complete change for how a predator acted and looked.
New discoveries say that the Spinosaurus was 9 feet longer than the previous king of predator dinosaurs, the T-Rex and it was just as massive. The new Spinosaurus fossils reveal that the dinosaur lived in the Cretaceous Period and that it was the only dinosaur that lived a semi-aquatic lifestyle. The Spinosaurus is the only predator dinosaur to walk on four legs, unlike other predators like the T-rex, Giganotosaurus or Allosaurus, which were two-legged creatures.
The new Spinosaurus fossils reveal that it was a heavy-built dinosaur, with short limbs, flexible tail and supposedly flat, webbed hind feet used for paddling. It had conical teeth and slender jaws, which seemed to be ideal for eating catching and eating fish. It is believed that the Spinosaurus preyed on sharks, big fish and crocodilians.
Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim said that, “The animal is unlike any other predatory dinosaur. There’s no blueprint for it. There’s no modern-day equivalent for it. It’s looking at a completely new kind of animal.”
New Spinosaurus Fossils Discovered in Morocco
The Spinosaurus lived on the land between Morocco and Egypt and roamed the North African river system.
Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago added:
“Its snaggle-tooth snout, sickle-shaped claws and monstrous sail give this beast a bizarre profile, one that will be immediately recognized by every kid on our planet.”
The Spinosaurus was first discovered in Egypt but the remains were destroyed in Munich 1944 during a British bombing raid.