Angola's Namibe Among World's Best Places to Study Fossils: Paleontologist

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Assembling a full scale model of the Angolatitan, Angola's first dinosaur discovered in 2005, 70 km north of Luanda. This 13 meter long herbivore lived about 90 million years ago.

Angola's Namibe Province is among world's best places to carry out studies of fossils of mosasaurs, dinosaurs and other extinct animals, Portuguese paleontologist Octavio Mateus told the press.

The paleontologist is in Namibe Province with 10 other international scientists to research on the existence of marine reptiles and dinosaurs fossils in the region.

Mateus, a professor at Portugal's New University of Lisbon, stressed that the region is one of the best in the world for this type of scientific study.

The group of experts has already held an exhibition called "Angolatitan" in the United States with animal bones that inhabited the earth millions of years ago, which were discovered in recent years in Angola's Namibe Province.

The scientist recalled that he discovered the first dinosaur fossil in Angola on May 25, 2005, in the Northern Bengo Province and named the discovery "Angolatitan."

Angolatitan by cisiopurple

Angolatitan ("Angolan giant") is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous and the first dinosaur discovered in Angola by Octavio Mateus and colleagues.

Namibe's deputy governor for technical and infrastructure, Jose Antonio, who received the team of scientists, said the study will also help promote tourism in the region.