New dinosaur species discovered in Thailand
International researchers discovered fossils of a new dinosaur species in northeastern Thailand and - after receiving royal permission - named it in honor of one of the daughters of the monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
|The skeleton of "Sirindhorna khoratensis," a new species of iguanodon discovered in Thailand, |
is on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in central Japan
[Credit: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum/Kyodo]
The herbivore lived in the early Cretaceous Period some 120 million years ago and differs from other species of Iguanadon by having a long jaw that ends in a beak and a sharpened spur on each foot.
"We found 19 cranial pieces that were essential for determining that this is a new species of dinosaur," Prateung Jintasakul, the director of the Northeastern Institute for the Investigation of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources, told EFE.
After a long process of locating and unearthing as many fossils as possible, the remains were analyzed in a Japanese laboratory where, in comparing them with other specimens, scientists confirmed that the samples came from a heretofore unknown species.
Thailand is the Southeast Asian nation where the most fossils have been found, including dozens of ancestors of the Asian elephant and many examples of petrified wood.
Author: Noel Caballero | Source: EFE [February 02, 2016]