New genus and species Igai Semkhu of titanosaurian dinosaur discovered in Egypt
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Paleontologists led by Eric Gorscak of Midwestern University recently discovered Igai Semkhu, a new genus and titanosaurian dinosaur species in Egypt.
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This dinosaur species, Igai Semkhu, lived during the Campanian era of the Late Cretaceous era, about 75 million years ago.
Igai Semkhu belongs to the titanosaurian group, a diverse category of herbivorous dinosaurs that are known for their large body size, extended neck, and wide stance.
The titanosaurian group includes a wide range of species, from the largest terrestrial vertebrates ever known, to 'dwarf' species no larger than elephants.
Igai Semkhu is one of the most informative dinosaurs yet recovered from the latest Cretaceous of Afro-Arabia.
This is the third and last period of the Mesozoic era.
This is often called the "Age of the Dinosaurs".
Extending from about 145 million years ago to about 66 million years ago.
It is one of the most extended geological eras in Earth's history.
The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction event marks the end of the Cretaceous era.
This end occurred approximately 66 million years ago.
This resulted in the extinction of approximately 75% of Earth's species, including non-avian dinosaurs.
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