Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'Frankenstein dinosaur' is 'missing link'


Posted on Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 | Comment icon 0 comments

The Chilesaurus skeleton. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Machairo
The mystery surrounding a dinosaur made up of various mismatched body parts has finally been solved.
Officially named Chilesaurus, this unusual specimen, which was discovered in South America, has long remained something of an enigma. Unlike other dinosaurs, its skeleton appears to consist of elements borrowed from other species, earning it the nickname 'Frankenstein dinosaur'.

Now though, following a new study by PhD student Matthew Baron from Cambridge University, this unusual animal has finally been identified as the missing link between plant-eating dinosaurs and carnivorous dinosaurs and is one of the first members of a group known as the ornithischians.

"Now that we think ornithischians and meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus are related, Chilesaurus slots exactly in between the two groups," said Baron.

"It is a perfect half-and-half mix. So, suddenly in the new tree it makes a whole lot of sense."

The discovery is helping to shed light on how the different groups of dinosaurs originally split from one another as well as how they evolved separately down different paths.

"Chilesaurus is there at the beginning of one of these big splits and hopefully by understanding more about its biology it will tell us what the driving factors might have been," said Prof Paul Barrett.

Source: BBC News | Comments (0)

Tags: Dinosaur, Chilesaurus

Recent comments on this story




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6208813
263846
175682

 
Are black holes actually colliding wormholes?
6-18-2018
Scientists have put forward the possibility that what we think of as a black hole may be something else entirely.
Giant invasive plant is spreading across the US
6-18-2018
Scientists have revealed that giant hogweed has spread to Virginia and can now be found in at least eight US states.
Man spends three days buried beneath a road
6-18-2018
Performance artist Mike Parr has emerged after spending 72 hours buried within a coffin-like box.
A trip to the ISS will cost you $55 million
6-17-2018
Space tourism firm Axiom Space is offering people the opportunity to spend ten days aboard the space station.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Hermit crab finds a new home
Posted 6-18-2018 | 0 comments
Hermit crabs on this tropical island have been experiencing something of a housing shortage.
 
Throwing water at -52 below zero
Posted 6-10-2018 | 1 comment
What happens when you throw hot water in to the air in extreme freezing temperatures ?
 
Man was bitten by snakes 200 times
Posted 6-6-2018 | 0 comments
Despite being bitten so many times, 'snakeman' Bill Haast lived to be over 100 years old.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ