Oldest fossil remains of a plant-eating dinosaur discovered in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the oldest fossil remains of a long-necked, plant-eating dicraeosaurid dinosaur in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The study published in Scientific Reports, an international journal by publishers of Nature, reveals that the remains are 167 million years old and belong to a new species, which makes this new Indian sauropod not only the oldest known dicraeosaurid but also globally the oldest diplodocoid (broader group which includes dicraeosaurids and other closely related sauropods).

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It has been named ‘Tharosaurus indicus’, the first name referring to the Thar desert where the fossils were found, and the second after its country of origin.  Some of the dinosaurs whose remains have been found in India include:
Barapasaurus, Indosuchus, Isisaurus, Kotasaurus and Rajasaurus

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