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Researchers discovered dinosaur species in Greenland

A team of international researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg have discovered the two-legged dinosaur Issi saaneq that lived in Greenland about 214 million years ago. This dinosaur was a predecessor of sauropod dinosaurs.

Harvard University paleontologists has found two skulls of dinosaur in East Greenland in 1994. One of the skulls belonged to Plateosaurus dinosaur that has lived in Germany, France and Switzerland at the time of Triassic Period. The scientists are very excited about the discovery of a new species of dinosaur.

The researchers have used technologies such as micro-CT scan of the bones of the dinosaur to create a digital 3D model of the internal structure of the bones of the dinosaur. They have carefully examined the model and found out that the model doesn’t match with any other species of dinosaurs that they have discovered before.

When the dinosaurs lived, that is about 214 million years ago, the Earth has faced climate changes. This has caused them to reach Europe and beyond to survive.

The two skulls that the researchers have found belonged to juvenile dinosaurs. These two new found dinosaurs are different than any other sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Though they have similarities with the Macrocollum and Unaysaurus dinosaurs.

The new found dinosaurs have marked the beginning of Greenlandic dinosaur species, which implies the diverse range of dinosaurs in the Triassic age. But with this discovery we also understand the evolution process sauropodomorph dinosaurs, the first ever dinosaur that has inhibited in the Earth for nearly 150 million years.


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