Geologist and Odia Team Discover 100-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossil Bones in Meghalaya
In what could be described as a great find for the people of the Northeast, 100 million year old fossil bones of a sauropod dinosaur have been unearthed in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, by an odia and a team.
Notably, with this Meghalaya became the first state in all of northeast India and also among 5 in the country with a record of such species so far.
According to reports, researchers at GSI noted that this was the first record of sauropods of probable Titanosaurian origin found in the region.
The bone fragments were collected in very coarse grained, poorly sorted, purplish to greenish arkosic sandstones interspersed with beds of pebbles.
Over twenty-five, mostly fragmentary, disarticulated bone specimens have been recovered, which are of varying sizes and appear as isolated specimens, but some of them have been found in close proximity to each other, the researchers said.
Sauropods had a very long neck, a long tail, a small head compared to the rest of their body, and four thick pillar-shaped legs. They are distinguished by the enormous sizes attained by some species, and the group includes the largest animals to ever live on earth.
“Meghalaya dinosaur bones were reported by the GSI in 2001, but they were too fragmentary and poorly preserved to understand its taxonomic identification,” said Arindam Roy, senior geologist, Division of Paleontology, GSI.
“The abundance of bones recovered during the present work and in particular the discovery of some limb and vertebrae bones exhibiting taxonomic characters of the titanosauriform clade are unique,” said Roy.
In India, the Late Cretaceous sauropod dinosaur generally belongs to the Titanosaur clade and has been reported in the Lameta Formation of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and the Maharashtra and Kallamedu Formation of Tamil Nadu, researchers said.