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Rajasthan was home to Dinosaurs! Really

Dinosaurs’ fossils are also found in France, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Australia and the US

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Publish Date: Jun 13 2016 12:12PM | Updated Date: Jun 13 2016 12:55PM

Rajasthan was home to Dinosaurs! Really

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Many movies based on dinosaurs or dino-world have come. 'Jurassic park, Jurassic World' are some of our favorites. But they are all American movies showcasing dinosaurs in America. But it doesn’t mean that dinosaurs habituated there only. There are proofs that prove that dinosaurs also resided here, in our own country India.

According to ‘timesofindia’, a team from the geological department of Jainarayan Vyas University, Jodhpur has discovered 150 million-year-old footprints of Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaurs in Lathi formation in Jaisalmer district. These carnivores were 1-3 metres in height and seem to belong to the coastal environment.

The fossils of these dinosaurs are found worldwide, basically in France, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Australia and the US, of course.

The footprints of Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaurs have been discovered for the first time by Dr Virendra Singh Parihar, Dr Suresh Chandra Mathur and Dr Shankar Lal Nama.

According to the professor, footprints of Eubrontes Gleneronsesis Theropod dinosaurs are large about 30 cm long, tridactyle, strong with thick toes. Their body is estimated to be 1-3m tall and 5-7m in length.

Also, the Katrol formation of Kutch basin and Baisakhi formation of Jaisalmer basin are potential sites for remains of dinosaurs.

Interestingly, this discovery might open new vistas in searching dinosaur fossils in equivalent rocks. The finding is important as professor Mathur along with his team discovered mass mortality horizon (bone bed) containing fossils of dinosaur, crocodile, gastropods and fishes from Fategarh formation with magnetic spherules.