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British scientists have discovered a new species of the stegosaurus which is believed to be the oldest of its kind ever to be found.
The remains of the armored dinosaurs, which came up with a unique plate-like bones sticking out of the back, and have been reviewed by a team from the British Museum of Natural History.
According to the museum, but they belong to a new genus, which dates back to around 168 million years ago, or the mid-Jurassic period, which makes it much older than most of the well-known stegosaurs.
The remains were found in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco.
A view of the world’s most complete Stegosaurus fossil as it is unveiled at a press conference at the Museum of Natural History on December 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
“It’s the most well-known stegosaurs are dated much later, in the Jurassic period, making it the oldest definitive stegosaur is described, and is helping to increase our understanding of the evolution of this group of dinosaurs,” Susannah Maidment, who led the team, said in a press release.
The product is the first stegosaur to be found in the North of Africa.
Maidment explained: “What’s exciting about this is that there are a lot more, thyreophoran dinosaurs are to be found in places that have yet to be discovered.”
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