WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua) --
Scientists have discovered fossils belonging to an ancient,
extinct crocodile relative that has deep and massive jaw bones armed with
enormous serrated teeth like those of a T-rex, according to a new study
found in Madagascar in Africa, was a top land predator of the Middle Jurassic
period, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, according to the study published in the
peer-reviewed journal PeerJ by Italian and French paleontologists.
Its jaw bones
and serrated teeth strongly suggested that just like T-rex, it also fed on hard
tissue such as bone and tendon.
anatomical features led the researchers to believe that it is a Jurassic
notosuchian, close to the South American baurusuchids and sebecids, that were
highly specialized predators of terrestrial habits, but different from
present-day crocodilians in having a deep skull and powerful erect limbs.
The full name
of the predatory crocodyliform is called Razanandrongobe sakalavae, which means
“giant lizard ancestor from Sakalava region.”
Razana, the animal is believed to be the oldest and possibly the largest
representative of a group of crocodile-like animals called Notosuchians.
and other gigantic crocs from the Cretaceous, ‘Razana’ could outcompete even
theropod dinosaurs, at the top of the food chain”, Cristiano Dal Sasso, of the
Natural History Museum of Milan, said in a statement.
fact, it contributes to filling in a gap in the group’s evolution, which
contains a long ghost lineage in the Jurassic,” the paper wrote. “It documents a
dramatic, somewhat unexpected, size increase in the early history of the group.”
Madagascar celebrates 57th
anniversary of independence
ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Madagascar celebrated the 57th anniversary of its
independence coupled with the anniversary of the Malagasy army, on Monday with
the theme “I love my homeland, its emergence is my challenge.”
traditional military parade held by some 2,600 members of the armed forces
opened the ceremony and lasted about two hours at Mahamasina stadium. Safety was
strictly controlled at the stadium because of the blast last year.
military parade, about 1,200 guests rushed to Iavoloha presidential palace, 15
kilometers south of Antananarivo city center for the banquet that Madagascar’s
president Hery Rajaonarimampianina and his wife offered.
began his speech with a thought for the Malagasy diaspora abroad for this
Independence Day and also for Muslims for the end of Ramadan period.
launch a challenge to mark history,” he said.
“For the 57
years of independence, Madagascar had experienced 13 presidents and heads of
state. Only six of them are elected by the Malagasy people and only two
presidential elections have passed without a post-election crisis. The reason is
that we have not been able to set tags for political stability,”
percent of the population have access to electricity. Many households don’t have
yet access to safe drinking water while several roads are in poor condition.
Everyone are responsible to deal with this situation. Disputes and political
discord do not help us to move forward. It’s time to stop it. The emergence of
the country is our only target,” the president said.
“We must join
hands to develop this country, to fight against acts of violence, mob justice
and to maintain security, to improve agricultural production, to promote
industrialization, to protect the national wealth of Madagascar and
environment,” the president added.
gave instructions to public security top officials and called all citizens to
take their responsibility to strengthen security in the country.
told diplomatic corps attending the presidential banquet that fighters of the
national uprising against France in 1947 left to the generations a torch of
patriotism to trigger the harmonious emergence in all areas.
urged his fellow citizens not to participate in terrorism, violence and all
forms of intimidation.
banquet, a concert with famous Malagasy dancers and singers ended the
celebration at Mahamasina stadium.
was colonized by France since the signing of the Annexation Act on Aug. 6, 1896.
A self-determination referendum establishing the presidential system of
Madagascar was held on Sept. 28, 1958. The first Republic was proclaimed on Oct.
14 the same year. Thereafter, the annexation Act was repealed on the day after
On June 26,
1960, Madagascar’s President Philibert Tsiranana, elected by the provincial
councils on May 1, 1959 officially declared at the Mahamasina stadium that
France recognized the Malagasy Republic as an independent and sovereign state.
Madagascar receives more than 4,000 tonnes of
emergency food aid from China
TAMATAVE, Madagascar (Xinhua) --
More than 4,000 tonnes of emergency food aid from the Chinese
government was received by Madagascar’s president Hery Rajaonarimampianina on
Monday at the port of Tamatave.
The food aid
is hailed as the concretization of the commitments between the Chinese and
Madagascar’s governments signed on March 27, 2017 during the official visit of
Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina to China.
months after my meetings with the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi
Jinping, we are already here with a concrete act that is very symbolic because
it is for the victims of drought and the victims of cyclone. It is a symbolic
act because the will was realized in a concrete act in a very short time,”
Rajaonarimampianina said in his speech during the ceremony of the donation
listed some of China’s contributions in his country, from infrastructures to the
presence of Chinese medical team in Madagascar, and expressed his confidence in
Madagascar attaining food self-sufficiency through the cultivation of Chinese
the Malagasy Government’s call after the drought and the passage of cyclone
Enawo to meet humanitarian needs of the affected population and to support
Madagascar in responding to this alarming situation, Chinese President Xi
Jinping announced Rice food aid as an urgent donation worth 30 million yuan to
the Malagasy government, or about 14 billion Ariary,” the Chinese Ambassador to
Madagascar Yang Xiaorong said during the donation ceremony.
large amount, “the gifts weighing about 4,300 tonnes is sent in three lots,
including the first of 1,000 tonnes on June 3, 2017, the second batch of 2,100
tonnes docked on June 17, 2017, while the third about 1,200 tonnes is scheduled
to arrive in August 2017,” Yang added.
This gift of
cereals reaffirms the solidarity of the Chinese people with the Malagasy people
and their determination to overcome the difficulties encountered together, the
collaboration with the Madagascar’s National Bureau of Risk and Disaster
Management (BNGRC), these cereals will be sent to the most needy households,
both Madagascar’s president and the Chinese Ambassador said.
In 2015 and
2016, China offered a cash donation of 300,000 U.S dollars and a donation of
tents and blankets to help Madagascar strengthen resilience to natural disasters
and provide relief to the most disadvantaged populations.