Scientists classify new dinosaur in Australia
A team of scientists have said that they have classified an entirely new type of dinosaur fossil in Australia called, Kunbarrasaurusieversi.The fossil was actually discovered in 1989 but only now classified as its own special form.
The Kunbarrasaurusieversi is a bulky, armoured animal and is similar to the stegosaurs. The dinosaur went extinct during the Cretaceous period with most species. The fossils were discovered on Marathon Station, near Richmond, north-western Queensland. The fossil has a parrot-like beak and an inner-ear, which is similar to a turtle. It was well preserved, with bones still connected
These fossils are among the world's most complete examples of an ankylosaur, which has a bony skin shell and a dangerous looking tail. Even as the dinosaur appears to be lethal, it is entirely herbivorous.
Scientists said that they can analyse seeds and leaves from its meal eaten more than 65 million years ago. The dinosaur was earlier classified as minmi, which was found near Roma in 1964 and constructed from a much less complete fossil. However, after extensive analysis of the dinosaur's skull, a research team said that kunbarrasaurus was different enough for its own classification. The team was led by PhD student Lucy Leahey at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Leahey said, “The shape and the textures on the dermal armour is different, the hand from minmi is different to kunbarrasaurus and the vertebrae is different. Most of the bits are different. There are a couple of things that are similar but the majority are different.”
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