Groundbreaking discovery has forced scientists to re-think famous dinosaur

Findings about a newly researched massive fossil support evidence the giant creature was, in fact, aquatic.

Groundbreaking discovery has forced scientists to re-think famous dinosaur

While many of us think we know what all of our favourite dinosaurs look like; the terrifyingly huge T-Rex, the screeching Pterodactyl and the fast-running Velociraptor, new evidence has come to light to suggest the often-depicted Spinosaurus isn't quite what we thought it was.

Findings about a newly researched massive fossil support evidence the giant creature was, in fact, aquatic.

It's a conclusion that has the potential to change our understanding of dinosaur life.

In the study, which began in 2014, National Geographic Explorer and University of Detroit Mercy palaeontologist Dr Nizar Ibrahim led a team of scientists in the Kem Kem region of the Moroccan Sahara to research fossil remains of the Spinosaurus.

Their research found the giant creature was over 15 metres long when fully grown, which is longer than an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex, and that the Spinosaurus was possibly a predatory water-loving dinosaur.

However, after the skeleton of the enormous beast was assembled there still remained a number of questions about its lifestyle.

In the five years after that, Ibrahim's team recovered more of the skeleton's fossils, including "a remarkably complete, fin-like tail capable of extensive lateral movement and characterised by extremely long spines," according to the National Geographic.

The spinosaurus featured prominently in the film Jurassic Park 3.

In 2018 Ibrahim and his team returned to the Moroccan dig site, and their findings after years of research were announced this week, concluding that the Spinosaurus was aquatic and used "tail-propelled aquatic locomotion" to hunt in a river system that once spanned the region.

"It is confirmed that this new discovery changes our current understanding of dinosaur diversity in general and the Spinosaurus specifically," National Geographic said.

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