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BYU Professors Discover New Dinosaur in Moab


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

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Meet Moabosaurus: Utah's newest dinosaur identified by BYU geologists

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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