Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah have discovered the remains of a new species of dinosaur, the Moabosaurus, that roamed North America 125 million years ago.
The findings were published in University of Michigan’s Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology earlier this month.
Named the Moabosaurus for the city in Utah where it was discovered, this herbivore stood 32-feet-long with tall, elephant-like limbs and “broad, spatulate teeth,” lead author and BYU paleontologist Brooks Britt told Travel + Leisure.
Britt and his team sifted through some 5,500 bones collected at the Dalton Wells Quarry, near Arches National Park north of Moab, Utah in order to reconstruct a full skeleton of the species.
Many of these dinosaurs died during a drought, and their remains suffered heavy damage in the following years.
Surviving animals would have trampled on their remains, causing bones to fracture before a mud flow transported the bones a short distance where they were again trampled and eaten by insects, according to Britt.
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Britt and his team were able to deduce that the remains they had found were from a new species of dinosaur by comparing the bones with others they had from other sauropods — a class of long-necked, sturdy-legged dinosaurs that includes the Brontosaurus.
The reconstructed skeleton is on display at BYU’s Museum of Paleontology, where visitors can marvel at this new find.