“Until now its presence was known only in Tanzania, but now we are starting to expand its distribution and it is the first time that we have discovered this species in Mozambique and Zambia,” Ricardo Araújo told the Lusa agency.
The fossils of that species of dicinodon, ancestor of mammals, were found as part of an expedition carried out in 2019 to Graben Metangula, in the Mozambican province of Niassa, and are important for the scientific community.
“We are now able to understand, with much more certainty, the ages between the various sedimentary basins of East Africa, namely the basins of Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia,” said the researcher of the Institute of Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion. of the Technical Superior Institute.
For the paleontologist, scientists point to the hypothesis that it is a “species restricted to East Africa, because not only is it not reported elsewhere, but it also has a distinctive feature at the level of the skull that is not found in other species and derives from it. by the type of food they ate “in that region.
Published this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, the scientific article is also endorsed by North Americans Christian Kammerer (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) and Kenneth Angielczyk (Chicago Natural History Museum) and Mozambicans Keila Cumbane and Zanildo Macungo, of the National Museum of Geology of Mozambique.
The project is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation.