Friday, October 24, 2014

It’s true! Dinosaur of star wars fame existed in reality

The word “Dinosaur” is not a new thing to people and there always exist a huge craze for this gigantic animal from kids to senior citizens. Before discussing about this reality dinosaur, just recollect the characters of TV dinosaur Barney and Jar Jar Binks of star wars fame.  We admired those goofy characters only in TV, but now, yep! It’s true; scientists have found the fossil skeleton that resembles almost like star wars starrers. 

Past 50 years ago, paleontologists’ had unearthed bone fragments of a vicious dinosaur in Mongolia with killer claws. Recently scientists have found the rest of fossils and gave a new description for it- highly cited as goofy and weird. The dinosaur measured about 16 feet tall and 36 feet long with hump like sail on its back and duckbill on its head.

Some of the interesting facts had been revealed about this beast in a paper released on Wednesday by the journal nature. The distinguishing features of this dinosaur included peculiar hands with tufts of feathers, absence of teeth, had big tongue that created suction for vacuuming up food. As the dinosaur possessed the features matching with ostrich it is believed that the dinosaur would have been the transitional species of ostrich like dinosaur often referred as ostrich dinosaurs.

Let’s wait for still more new discovery of species that probably could match with other TV show characters like Yoshi and Littlefoot.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A new species of predator dinosaur has been unearthed in Venezuela

People who are crazy to know about dinosaur facts have one more species to get added up to their dinosaur tracking list. Yes, a new type of dinosaur species has been unearthed in Venezuela; believed to be a part of Tyrannosaurus Rex family.  Already we knew Tyrannosaurus is generally referred to predator species that has comparatively gigantic structure compared to rest dinosaur species. But, now it is extremely amazing to know that Tachiraptor admirabilis is expected to be even larger than the revealed dinosaurs. Royal Society Open Science journal has recently published information about this study.
A partial hip bone and complete shinbone with multiple fractures has been found while excavating a region in Venezuela. The size of the dinosaur was estimated to grow about 4.9 to 6.5 feet and even lengthier than estimated. The radiometric dating revealed that Tachiraptor admirabilis must have lived over 200 million years ago in early Jurassic period. The species is named Tachiraptor, “Tachira” denotes the place it has been discovered and “raptor” means thief.  The Tachira theif will surely be considered as a milestone discovery as it could expose still more unpredicted facts about dinosaurs.