Monday, 2 May 2011

Discovered tyrannosaurus relative

Chinese scientists are in Mongolia have discovered a single dinosaur. This is the first dinosaur that belongs to the group with pelvic girdle as in today's reptiles (Saurischia), which has only one claw on the front paw.

Others tend to have three "fingers", the scientists explain in the journal Proceedings the American Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

From this group teropod, which are mainly carnivorous, and they are better known dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus and Veloceraptor. later evolved birds.

Chinese team gathered around the famous scientist Sing Sua from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have discovered a relatively small dinosaurs in the rock between the ages of 84 and 75 million years ago (Cretaceous period). The formation Vulansuhaj, near the town of Linhe, on the border of China and Mongolia, but has found a large number of fossil remains.

In addition to the spine, the researchers found, and the front paws, part of the pelvis and hind legs that are almost completely preserved. One finger dinosaur was supposed to be about two meters high, and scientists named it Linhenykus monodactylus.


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