July 11, 2017

Paleontologists Cristiano Dal Sasso and Simone Maganuco near Razanandrongobe sakalavae bones (Photo courtesy Giovanni Bindellini)

An article published in the journal “PeerJ” describes the study of fossils with an estimated age between 167 and 164 million years, dating to the Middle Jurassic, of Razanandrongobe sakalavae. It’s the oldest discovered among those belonging to the group of notosuchians, which lived until the Cretaceous period. A team led by Dr. Cristiano Dal Sasso of the Museum of Natural History in Milan studied the skull of this reptile discovering the power of its jaws and teeth comparable to those of T.rex.