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Green Oasis Fossils Found In Sahara

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Archaelogists and scientists have found fossil evidence of tropical climate dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish living in the Sahara.

The remarkable archaeological site, dating back 10,000 years and called Gobero after the Tuareg name for the area, was brimming with skeletons of humans and animals — including large fish and crocodiles. Gobero is hidden away within Niger’s forbidding Ténéré Desert, known to Tuareg nomads as a “desert within a desert.” The Ténéré is the setting of some of Sereno’s key paleontological discoveries, including the 500-toothed, plant-eating dinosaur Nigersaurus that lived 110 million years ago and the enormous extinct crocodilian Sarcosuchus, also known as SuperCroc.

The discovery of the lakeside graveyard — representing two successive human populations divided by more than 1,000 years — is reported in the September 2008 issue of
National Geographic magazine and the Aug. 14 issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

August 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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