Rare ‘toothless’ Dinosaur Identified in Australia

It’s not every day that a fossil of a dinosaur that lived 100 million years ago is discovered. Dinosaurs are said to have 1000 plus species each of them quite different and unique from the other one.

 Many researchers have devoted their lives for this purpose and still with a new discovery come new research and information regarding dinosaurs.

In 2015, a rare fossil of a dinosaur was found by Jessica Parker, she was participating in an annual dig led by Melbourne museum. The fossil discovered was said to be a five-centimeter or two-inch vertebrae fossil. The fossil was found close to Cape Otway in Victoria

A fossil unearthed in Australia has been known as a rare, toothless dinosaur that roamed the country a hundred and ten million years past.

It is the first Elaphrosaurus bone ever to be found in Australia

The Elaphrosaurus, whose name means “light-footed lizard”, was associated with the Tyrannosaurus rex and velociraptor.

The fossil indicated the animal was concerning 2 meters (6.5ft) long. However, different fossils previously found in United Republic of Tanzania, China and Argentina show that they might reach up to 6 meters long.

At the time, it had been thought to be from a flying reptile referred to as a pterosaur. However once paleontologists at Swinburne University in Melbourne studied the fossil more, they completed it had been a delicately-built dinosaur.

Elaphrosaurus was a genus of ceratosaurian bird-footed dinosaur that lived just about one fifty four to a hundred and fifty million years past throughout the later a part of the geological period in what’s currently United Republic of Tanzania in continent.

 Elaphrosaurus was a medium-sized however gently built member of the cluster that might become old to six.2 m (20 ft) long.

Morphologically, this dinosaur is important in 2 ways in which:

 Firstly, it’s a comparatively long body however is extremely shallow-chested for a bird-footed dinosaur of its size.

Secondly, it’s very short hind limbs as compared with its body. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that this genus is likely a ceratosaur. Earlier suggestions that it’s a late living coelophysoid are examined however usually laid-off.

Elaphrosaurus were not only strong but also fast and had 3 toed feet, long shinned legs a thin neck and stiff tail. They were bipedal (walked on two legs) with 3 fingered hands.

“Elaphrosaurus had long necks, short arms with little hands, and comparatively lightly-built bodies,” Dr Stephen Poropat reported.

Elaphrosaurus were plant-eaters. Adult Elaphrosaurus most likely did not eat abundant meat, Dr Poropat said.

As dinosaurs go, they were rather bizarre. The few familiar skulls of Elaphrosaurus show that the young ones had teeth, however that the adults lost their teeth and replaced them with a horny beak. We do not apprehend if this is often true for the Australian Elaphrosaurus nonetheless – however we would determine if we ever discover a skull,” he said.

Cape Otway, wherever the fossil was settled, may be a wealthy space for discoveries. a couple of dozen animals and 5 dinosaur species are known there, as per different resources and news.

More discoveries shall be done in future as per experts’ suggestions.

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