KEY POINTS

  • Scientists discovered a collection of fossils in the Sahara desert
  • Three of the largest predatory dinosaurs inhabited the Kem Kem region
  • The area has been identified as the most dangerous place in the world

A group of scientists came across a region that they identified as the “most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth.” The area received its terrifying title due to the abundance of dinosaur fossils discovered there.

The area features an assembly of ancient rock formations known as the Kem Kem group. It lies within the border of Morocco and Algeria, near the northwestern edge of the Sahara Desert.

As the scientists were studying the area, they came across an impressive collection of fossils from the prehistoric era. Many of the fossils included those of massive dinosaurs, crocodilians, turtles, plants, pterosaurs, fish and invertebrates.

Aside from these, the scientists also came across the remains of three of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever known. One of these is the Carcharodontosaurus. Growing up to 44 feet long, the Carcharodontosaurus is known as the longest and heaviest carnivorous dinosaur.

Fossils of the predatory dinosaurs Deltadromeus and Spinosaurus were also discovered in the area.

According to the scientists, the presence of these kinds of the dinosaurs in the area made it the most dangerous region on Earth.

“This was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth, a place where a human time-traveler would not last very long,” lead scientist Nizar Ibrahim of the University of Detroit Mercy said in a statement.

As noted by the scientists, these predatory dinosaurs and other large animals most likely concentrated in the region due to its natural features millions of years ago. Based on fossil records and historical data, it was home to a vast river system that was inhabited by different marine animals. It also supported a tropic climate that provided ideal living conditions for the dinosaurs.

The ancient features of the area, as well as the abundance of water and land-based prey, provided the ideal habitat for large predators.

“Most of the described vertebrates, with the exception of some of the pterosaurs and dinosaurs, lived exclusively or predominantly within an aquatic setting, which would include pond, river, delta, and nearshore habitats,” the scientists wrote in their study, which was published in the journal ZooKeys.

“Most of the [groups] in the assemblage, thus, are predators utilizing aquatic food resources as in modern marine food webs,” they added.