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Madagascar dinosaur

The reconstructed skeleton of Majungasaurus crenatissimus, a 70 million-year-old meat-eating theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period that lived on the island of Madagascar. The replica is approximately 21 feet long and stands about 7 feet high. The fossil skeleton of Majungasaurus was discovered in 1996 by David Krause, a professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at State University of New York Stony Brook, and his research team, while on a National Science Foundation-supported expedition to Madagascar. During the expedition, Krause also found a group of fossil mammals known as gondwanatheres that have only been found elsewhere in South America and India. Based on this finding, Krause and colleagues came up with new theories about the plate tectonic history of the super-continent Gondwana, which was comprised of South America, Africa, Antarctica, India, and Australia and Madagascar. Another of their findings is that dinosaurs could be cannibals.

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