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New Saharan dinosaur



WASHINGTON (AP) - Fossils of a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eating dinosaur 
found in Africa suggest the animal was more primitive than similar creatures 
that lived in North America, researchers report. The fossils, discovered in a 
rock formation in Niger, are of a primitive 20-ton animal that was more than 
70 feet long. A team led by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago 
excavated tons of bone and rock and then spent two years cleaning and 
assembling the specimen. A report on the find appears Friday in the journal 
Science and an assembly of the fossils is on display at the National 
Geographic Society headquarters. The previously unknown dinosaur has been 
named Jobaria tiguidensis and researchers believe it lived 135 million years 
ago when the Sahara Desert was a lush forest with broad rivers. 

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Bill Olewiler+, OSL
United Methodist pastor, Virginia
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