An artistic illustration of a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur discovered in Tanzania. Paleontologists named the dino Rukwatitan bisepultus.
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Paleontologists in the Rukwa Rift Basin, in southwestern Tanzania, remove dangerous overhanging rocks so that they can safely work in the cliff surface.
Field team members rappel in order to clear overburden from above a dinosaur quarry in the Rukwa Rift Basin, in southwestern Tanzania.
Field team members working to remove overburden above the Rukwatitan quarry during an early phase of the excavation.
The skeleton of Rukwatitan bisepultus as it was being excavated from a cliff surface in the Rukwa Rift Basin, in southwestern Tanzania. More than 30 fossils of titanosaurians were uncovered in South America, compared with just four on the African continent.
A silhouette of a Rukwatitan bisepultus with the bone sections found at the Rukwa Rift Basin site in Tanzania. The bar represents 3.2 feet (1 meter).
Project geologist Eric Roberts of James Cook University in Australia discusses the sedimentology of the Rukwatitan quarry with Ohio University graduate student Verne Simons.
Rukwa Rift Basin Project field team members removing the last of the plaster jackets from the Rukwatitan quarry.
Rukwa Rift Basin Project field team members constructing a litter in order to carry large plaster jacket containing the Rukwatitan skeleton.
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Laura is the archaeology and Life's Little Mysteries editor at Live Science. She also reports on general science, including paleontology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site on autism research. She has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for her reporting at a weekly newspaper near Seattle. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in science writing from NYU.