Scientists Now Believe Dinos 13 Million Years Older

March 4, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A new dinosaur has been discovered in Tanzania, one which pushes back the date of dinosaurs by an incredible 13 million more years.

The creature, which has been named the Asilisaurus kongwe by paleontologists, was a small, dog-sized silesaur.

The silesaur is the closest known ancestor of the dinosaur, and have always been associated with the same time period.

Up until this point, the dino and silesaur bones have been found to be 230 millions years old.

These new bones are 243 million years old, showing a thirteen million year old difference in time.

Since both creatures existed at the same time, it creates an addition to the timeline in the existence of the dinosaur.

It is a point that is creating a whole new set of theories about the creatures, and about the time period in which they lived.

“It’s making the picture a little bit murkier, because we have a possible herbivore and quadruped very close to the dinosaur lineage,” National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration member, and study co-author, Christian Sidor explained.



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