The Sahara currently does not have too many living things. But about 100 million years ago, it once provided a warm home for some of the most dangerous animals on Earth, according to an archaeological study.
International scientists have conducted an analysis of fossils found in the northern part of Western Sahara, belonging to the Kem Kem geological formation. This is a geological group along the border between Morocco and Algeria, whose stratum originates from the Late Cretaceous and is considered a “boom time” for predators.
At that time, the Sahara was not as desert as it is now but almost like a rainforest, with a very diverse and … terrifying habitat for humans. “There is currently no ecosystem on Earth that contains large carnivores like the Ice Cream group. Although limited to North Africa, ice cream has biodiversity outperforms both modern Africa “.
In fact, fossils found in the Ice Cream geological formations have been exhibited around the world, because they are not too deep underground. Some fossils are around 100 million years old, meaning humans never interacted with these ancient creatures and certainly didn’t want any contact.
Why is that? Because the ice-cream geological formation is considered to be “the scariest place in Earth’s history, a coordinates that any time traveler will soon die” – according to Associate Professor Dr. Nizar Ibrahim from the school University of Detroit Mercy (USA), who is also the leader of this archaeological research group, affirmed.
The Ice Cream fossils include species such as tyrannosaurs, pterodactyls (winged lizards), ancient crocodiles and many underwater “monster” species.
“That place is full of giant sea monsters, the ancestors of the coelacanth and lung fish today but 4-5 times larger” – lecturer David Martill from the University of Portsmouth (UK) of the research group said.
In addition, the Ice Cream geology group also has “a freshwater fish with a shark-like appearance. It has the scientific name of onchopristis, a spiky snout like a dagger looking very scary but also beautiful iridescent. “- Instructor Martill added.
The above findings come from research published in ZooKeys magazine, cooperation between universities in Detroit, Chicago, Montana (USA), Portsmouth, Leicester (UK), Casablanca (Morocco), Montreal ( Canada) and Paris Natural History Museum (France). This study is considered to be the most comprehensive on the subject of fossils in the Sahara among the reports from 1936 to the present.