Fossil Found in the 1980s Is Declared Now a New Genus

It all happened in Texas. Scientists say that some fossil remains that they discovered back in the 1980s at the Big Bend National Park (that’s southwest of Texas) have been identified as being a new genus. This is a new species of duckbilled dinosaur.

We have heard it from The Journal of Systematic Paleontology. The team from there has announced the classification of the Aquilarhinus palimentus just last week. It got its name from the aquiline nose and shovel-shaped jaw.

A university professor from the Texas Tech University, who is named Tom Lehman has discovered these fossils. The bones were weathered and stuck together. Back in the 1990s, they did some research and found that they were actually two arched nasal crests.

They kept in mind the unusual lower jaw, but it wasn’t until recently when the team of researchers has determined that the specimens were more primitive than the other duckbilled dinosaurs. The duckbilled dinosaurs are also known as hadrosaurids, and they were the most common herbivorous dinosaur that existed at the end of the Mesozoic Era.

As of now, the team of researchers is examining the fossils at the University of Texas, in Austin.

What are duckbilled dinosaurs?

They get their name from the flat duck-bill appearance of the bones that they have in their snouts. It represented a common group of herbivores in what we now know of Europe, Asia, South America, Antarctica, and North America.

They were bipeds, the younger of the species walked on two legs, and the adults on four legs. They were the first ones from the dinosaur family to be found in North America. Researchers found the first traces in 1855 when they found fossil teeth.

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