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Sparkly, opal-filled fossils reveal new dinosaur species

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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...ils-reveal-new-dinosaur-species-paleontology/

Australian miners uncovered the gem of a find—a dog-size herbivore named Weewarrasaurus pobeni.

In a dazzling discovery, fossils brought up from a mine in Wee Warra, near the Australian outback town of Lightning Ridge, belong to the newly named dinosaur species Weewarrasaurus pobeni. The animal, which was about the size of a Labrador retriever, walked on its hind legs and had both a beak and teeth for nibbling vegetation.

A type of dinosaur known as an ornithopod, Weewarrasaurus may have moved in herds or small groups for protection. The fossil adds to growing evidence that the plant-eating fauna of the Southern Hemisphere consisted of quite different creatures than the Cretaceous herbivores of North America, such as the numerous horned relatives of Triceratops and the duck-billed hadrosaurs.
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Dinosaur faunas in Australia were very different from those found in N America & Asia. Quite a few new species have been discovered & described in the past few years. Four new species have been described since 2015 including a sauropod, an ankylosaur & another ornithopod.
 
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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...ils-reveal-new-dinosaur-species-paleontology/

Australian miners uncovered the gem of a find—a dog-size herbivore named Weewarrasaurus pobeni.

In a dazzling discovery, fossils brought up from a mine in Wee Warra, near the Australian outback town of Lightning Ridge, belong to the newly named dinosaur species Weewarrasaurus pobeni. The animal, which was about the size of a Labrador retriever, walked on its hind legs and had both a beak and teeth for nibbling vegetation.

A type of dinosaur known as an ornithopod, Weewarrasaurus may have moved in herds or small groups for protection. The fossil adds to growing evidence that the plant-eating fauna of the Southern Hemisphere consisted of quite different creatures than the Cretaceous herbivores of North America, such as the numerous horned relatives of Triceratops and the duck-billed hadrosaurs.
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Dinosaur faunas in Australia were very different from those found in N America & Asia. Quite a few new species have been discovered & described in the past few years. Four new species have been described since 2015 including a sauropod, an ankylosaur & another ornithopod.


Very cool.
 
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