Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur that had a heart-shaped bone in its tail. Just in time for Valentine's Day, seemingly.
The dinosaur, a type of titanosaur, was a gigantic herbivore that lived about a hundred million years ago. Researchers have dubbed the new dinosaur Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia, which translates from Swahili to "animal of the Mtuka" and "heart-shaped tail."
The twenty-ton dino was found in Tanzania and is helping fill in blanks in the titanosaurs' evolutionary history. Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia is one of three titanosaurs to be recently discovered in Tanzania.
The same researchers also found fossilized termite nests and a very early ancestor of crocodiles. The region is rich with even more archaeological discoveries waiting to be made.
Dr. Eric Gorsack, lead author of the study unveiling the heart-tailed titanosaur, said of Tanzania: "The Tanzanian story is far from over but we know enough to start asking what palaeontological and geological similarities and dissimilarities there are with nearby rock units. Revisiting Malawi is my top priority to address these broader, regional questions. With Mnyamawamtuka and other discoveries, I'm not sure to view it as writing or reading the next chapters in the paleontological book of Africa. I'm just excited to see where this story is going to take us.”