Artist rendering of Vespersaurus paranaensis

Scientists have uncovered a new, desert-dwelling dinosaur species

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Paleontologists have recently uncovered a new dinosaur species that they say roamed the desert 90 million years ago!

Based on fossil findings in Parana, Brazil, this dinosaur – referred to as the Vespersaurus paranaensis – measured at approximately 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide, roughly the size of a Great Dane.

As reported by, the northeastern region of Parana was once a desert, and the dinosaur’s remains suggest it was well adapted to that climate.

Researchers classified the Vespersaurus paranaensis as a carnivorous theropod, joining the ranks of other three-toed and hollow-boned beasts like the Tyrannosaurus rex and the velociraptor.

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(Image via Rodolfo Nogueira)

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