Newly discovered Thai dinosaur makes museum debut in Japan

posted on February 6, 2016

Japanese dinosaur fans are among the first to see the skeleton of a newly discovered taxon from Thailand that went on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum from Jan. 30.

Actual fossils and a full six-meter-long model skeleton of the dinosaur, an iguanodon from the early Cretaceous Period 120 million years ago, are on show at the famed attraction.

Named "Sirindhorna khoratensis," the dinosaur belongs to a new taxon of the herbivorous iguanodons, the Dinosaur Research Institute of Fukui Prefectural University revealed on Jan. 15.

Research into the fossilized bones, which form a near complete skeleton, is expected to lead to significant developments in the study of the evolution of the dinosaur's family. The Iguanodon genus is said to have evolved into the Hadrosaurus dinosaurs, which flourished in the late Cretaceous Period.

The discovery arose from analysis of fossil specimens that were collected over a number of years up to 2012 from a layer of sedimentary rock of the early Cretaceous Period found in Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeastern Thailand.

source by asahi
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