BYU Professors Discover New Dinosaur in Moab

by | Apr. 13, 2017

Mormon Life

Have you heard about the newest member of the BYU Museum of Paleontology?

After decades of painstaking excavation, the world’s newest dinosaur is making its debut at the BYU Museum of Paleontology with an unmistakeable name: the Moabosaurus utahensis.

The Moabosaurus is a 125-million-year-old dinosaur whose skeleton was found in the Dalton Wells Quarry near Moab. Like its close relative the Brontosaurus, the dinosaur had a long neck, long tail and huge elephant-like body, though the dinosaur itself is only about 10 meters long — quite small for a sauropod.

The discovery of the Moabosaurus was published Monday by the University of Michigan’s Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology and was authored by three BYU professors and a BYU graduate at Auburn University.

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