Aug. 23, 2019

Scientists from the London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) have described Adratiklit boulahfa, a new species of stegosaurus.


  • How old? Adratiklit boulahfa, a new species of stegosaurus is dated to 168 million years ago, which makes it the oldest known member of that group of dinosaurs ever known.

  • Location of discovery: It is also the first stegosaurus to be found in North Africa. Its remains were discovered in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco.

  • Genus: The scientists believe it is not only a new species but also belongs to a new genus. Adratiklit’s closest relatives is the European stegosaurus Dacentrurus.

  • Name: The name is derived from the words used by the Berber (an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa) for mountains (Adras), lizard (tiklit) and and the area where the specimen was found (Boulahfa).

  • Features: The Adratiklit was armoured and herbivorous, and lived on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, which later split into Africa, South America, Australia and Antarctica.