Dinosaur bones found near Red Sea

Dinosaurs have been identified in Saudi Arabia for the first time, highlighting how widespread the creatures once were.

Scientists unearthed tail bones from a giant plant-eating "titanosaur" together with teeth from a 20-foot-long predator, thought to be a distant relative of Tyrannosaurus rex.

The 72 million-year-old fossils were discovered in the north-west of the Kingdom along the Red Sea coast.

The dinosaur bones discovered belonged to a type of titanosaur. Credit: REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

When the dinosaurs were alive, the Arabian landmass was largely under water and formed the northern coastal edge of the African continent.

The titanosaur identified by the researchers was a lumbering giant with a long neck and tail that stood on four legs.

In contrast, the meat-eating abelisaurid whose teeth were recovered was a fast-moving, bipedal theropod.