New Dinosaur Genus And Species Has Been Identified

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Experts from the Big Bend National Park in Texas have found a new genus and species of duckbilled dinosaur.

The Journal of Systematic Paleontology announced the classification of the Aquilarhinus palimentus during the course of last week. It was named for its aquiline nose and shovel-shaped jaw.

New genus and species of dinosaur

Texas Tech University Professor Tom Lehman has discovered the fossils.

It’s been reported that the bones were weathered and stuck together. Research in the 1990s found two arched nasal crests.

It was also noted the strange lower jaw but it was not clear until now the fact that this specimen was more primitive than other duckbilled dinosaurs.

According to the official report: “Ancestrally, crests were ‘solid’, and consisted of arched nasals. These were retained among kritosaurins and subsequently modified into the diverse crest morphologies observed among derived saurolophines. Lambeosaurine ‘hollow-crested’ crest morphology departed from the ancestral, ‘solid-crested’ pre-saurolophid condition early following the origin of that clade.”

Just in case you haven’t heard of them, Duckbilled dinosaurs, or hadrosaurids, used to be the most common herbivorous dinosaur at the end of the Mesozoic Era.

Researchers are currently examining the fossils at the University of Texas at Austin.

Speaking of dinosaurs, last month we were reporting about a really interesting challenge.

You’re able to find out where you would have lived when dinosaurs were still roaming the Earth.

Business Insider reported back then that there’s a digital globe on the Ancient Earth, which makes it possible to check out where your hometown would have been 750 million years ago.

You can learn where your hometown would have been 750 million years ago. This means 150 million years before the first multi-cellular life forms developed.

Scientist Ian Webster used data from a software platform called G-Plates and created a digital globe where you can see where and when you would have lived in various points in Earth’s history.


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