T. Rex Ancestor Roamed Africa
ARCHAEOLOGY Footprints 57-cm-long and 0.5-m -wide, from an unknown dinosaur were discovered in Lesotho by palaeontologists from the University of Manchester.
Based on the size of and the distance between the prints, the dinosaur is believed to have been 3 m tall at the hips and 9 m long, making it one of the largest that ever roamed Africa. The dinosaur, Kayentapus ambrokholohali, was a theropod – the same as Tyrannosaurus rex and modern birds.
It lived about 200 million years ago – 30 million years after the first dinosaurs emerged. The latter were the size of Labradors, and so, the discovery indicates that the prehistoric animals grew tremendously over a short period of time.
Based on the size of the footprints, scientists estimate that the African T. rex ancestor was 9 m long.