Monday, February 22, 2010

Primitive island 'Jurassic Parkette' ruled by dwarf dinosaurs found

London, Feb 21 (ANI): Paleontologists have discovered a primitive lost world which was ruled by miniature dinosaurs
Sort of a pigmy Jurassic Park, the island was the homeland of dinos who were up to eight times lesser than some of their mainland cousins, reports The Telegraph.
Dwarf dinosaurs' fossils were establish in what is now modern day Romania, in an area known as Hateg, which, 65 million years before - when the creatures were living there - was an island, reports The Telegraph.
One of the fossils was of Magyarosaurus, which was small bigger than a horse, but was related to some of the biggest creatures to ever walk the Earth - gigantic titanosaurs such as Argentinosaurus, which reached up to 100 feet long and weighed approximately 80 tons.
Professor Michael Benton, from the University of Bristol, who carried out the delve into with scientists at the Universities of Bucharest and Bonn, said: Most of the well-known dinosaurs that we know about were living on big landmasses at the end of the Cretaceous age.
The inquisitive thing about Europe at this time was that it was largely covered by sea and much of Eastern Europe was a type of archipelago of islands.
If you are a big dinosaur on a little island with limited food and space, then the evolutionary pressure is either to go extinct or to get lesser.
The findings will be published in the scientific periodical Palaeogreography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. (ANI)

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