Thursday, January 30, 2014

First dinosaur bones in Saudi Arabia discovered

For palaeontologists, the Middle East has long proven a bit of a blind spot. 

Evidence of dinosaurs has proven scarce, and what little surfaces from time to time have been traditionally difficult to itemize. That changed recently when an international team of scientists uncovered the first evidence of dinosaurs in Saudi Arabia near the coast of the Red Sea. 

The findings were published last month in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. 

"To say that finds (in the Arabian Peninsula) are rare is an understatement. What's been discovered, you could almost fit inside a shoebox," notes Dr. Benjamin Kear, a palaeontologist at Uppsala University in Sweden, and the study's lead author.

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