Thursday, February 2, 2012

New dinosaur, Yueosaurus Tiantaiensis, found in China

Scientists have recognized an innovative species of dinosaur, Yueosaurus Tiantaiensis or "Tiantai Yue Dinosaur," from a fossilized skeleton originate in eastern China.

It took five Chinese and Japanese researchers more than three years of concentrated study to recognize that the frame belonged to a divide species, according to geoscientist Zheng Wenjie of the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History.

They consider it is a before unknown species of ornithischian, or "bird-hipped" dinosaur, that lived throughout the Cretaceous period a number of 100 million years ago. It had a bill, ate plants and was intelligent to run fast on two legs to flee predators, Zheng said.

At concerning 1.5 meters long and less than 1 meter high, Yueosaurus is the minimum dinosaur yet exposed in the region.

Dinosaurs of its type – bipedal, herbivorous runners known as ornithopods – were exceptional in Asia; previously, only four such species had ever been establish on the continent.

Yueosaurus is the fifth new dinosaur species to have been found in Zhejiang.

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