ZME Science reveals that around 100 million years ago, the Sahara desert used to be filled with all kinds of ferocious predators on lands, in the waterways, and in the skies as well.
These findings come from a review of the fossil vertebrates that are found in Cretaceous rock formations in South-Eastern Morocco.
It’s been reported that the authors explained that this is the largest most inclusive review on the subject that’s performed on the topic during the past century. This offers a really unique view into the dinosaur species that have been roaming Africa at some point.
“This was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth, a place where a human time-traveller would not last very long,” according to lead author Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy and Visiting Researcher from the University of Portsmouth.
Sahara was not always the desert it is today. About 100 million years ago, before the dinosaurs met the meteorites, the area was reportedly really lush.
The team of experts explained that a vast river system irrigated the land and there’s been a great variety of land and aquatic species that made a home in the area.
Three of the largest species of predatory dinosaurs
The Kem Kem Group recovered fossils which include three of the largest species of predatory dinosaurs that have ever been found.
ZMEScience revealed the species: “the saber-toothed Carcharodontosaurus (which grew to over 8m in length and sported serrated teeth up to eight inches long), Deltadromeus (a raptor species that grew to around 8m in length), several species of carnivorous, flying pterosaurs, and crocodile-like stalkers.”
The study’s co-author, David Martill stated the following:
“This place was filled with absolutely enormous fish, including giant coelacanths and lungfish. The coelacanth, for example, is probably four or even five times large than today’s coelacanth. There is an enormous freshwater saw shark called Onchopristis with the most fearsome of rostral teeth, they are like barbed daggers, but beautifully shiny.”
You should check out the complete study.