Dr. Matthew Bonnan 11 years ago dug up dinosaur bones in South Africa and more than a decade later, a discovery has been made available to the general public for the first time.
The bones dug up by Bonnan became the focal point of a PhD. dissertation by Blair McPhee, a South African scientist. The discovery was published in Scientific Reports on Wednesday which describes Pulanesaura eocollum (the Rain lizard) as a new species of dinosaur.
John Maytham spoke to Dr. Jonah Choiniere, Senior Researcher for Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits:
At that time in South Africa we had a lot of dinosaurs who walked on two legs and this huge 4 legged things evolved a little bit later in evolution and Pulanesaura is the first one of those 4 legged creatures to evolve and that’s very rare.— Dr. Jonah Choiniere, Senior Researcher for Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits
Pulanesaura is relatively small (for a sauropod)‚ at about eight metres in length‚ two metres at the hips‚ and 5 tonnes in body mass.
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: