Researchers from South Africa have found a giant ancestor of dinosaurs

About 30 years ago, fragments of the bones of a very old and unusually large dinosaur for its time were discovered in South Africa. Today, after studying all the details, it was finally classified, named "Ledumahadi mafube", the time of residence was established (about 200 million years ago), and was named the largest terrestrial creature of that era. He is considered the unofficial ancestor of the huge and famous sauropod family.

The name "Ledumahadi mafube" in translation from the Sesotho language, traditional for the territory of the discovery of the remains, means "Deafening thunderclap at dawn." Such a figurative comparison could have been caused by the size of the dinosaur - up to 4 m in height and 12 tons in weight. This is not much compared to the giants of the Jurassic period, but Ledumahadi mafube lived long before them - it was a kind of prototype, a creative attempt at evolution to put giant creatures on four legs.

The four-legged dinosaur had a very unusual limb structure, which delights and surprises scientists. According to Dr. Blair McPhee of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, it looks like a bipedal creature with a powerful shoulder girdle decided to learn how to run on all fours and got up on its hands. A very useful skill if you are going to evolve into a huge and heavy monster, from which many types of real giants will come. Alas, there is still little information for more detailed conclusions.