Two points and a parrot’s beak
The discovery of a group of new dinosaur skeletons, and their subsequent analysis have helped fill a gap of gaps in the evolutionary tree of dinosaurs. While many dinosaurs have been found in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, this one is additional for several reasons.
At a height of over two meters, this dinosaur weighed about 45 kg (99 lb). Oksoko Avarson fed on plants and animals with its large, toothless beak, which is similar to a parrot. This bizarre-looking ancient creature had two digits from each front, similar to a T-Rex.
This is the aspect of the discovery that research scientists found most interesting, representing the first tangible evidence of digit loss in the three-fingered oviopter family for these fossil skeletons, an adaptation that researchers say would span vast distances across species Cretaceous is capable of spreading.
This newly discovered species has only two fingers and no teeth, as can be seen in the anatomy of this skeleton of Oksoko Avarson. ( Gregory F. Fiston et. al / CC BY-SA 4.0)
The underworld of the desert raptors
This description of the dinosaur comes from a new study published in the Royal University Open Science Journal, by the University of Edinburgh’s Dr. Gregory Funtston is written by Philip J. Curry of the Dinosaur Museum in Canada and a team of researchers. From Hokkaido University and Mongolian Academy of Sciences in Japan. According to the paper, it was the fact that this creature had two digits, which “revealed some unexpected trends.” These have already helped answer the question of why the oviraptors were so diverse before the mass-extinction event that eventually brought the dinosaurs to extinction.
The Gobi Desert is a large brushland region in East Asia, covering northern and northeastern China and parts of southern Mongolia, and is notable in history as hosting several important trading stations along the Silk Road. However, according to Amicus mongolia Under the scattered layers of early medieval archeology, several world-famous fossils have been recovered from the Gobi Desert, providing many clues in the evolution of dinosaurs, including “two fighting dinosaurs (Velociraptor and protocarops)”, “crowded babies” Dinosaurs – Protocaratops “. “Oviraptorosaur laying its eggs”, “Giant carnivorous Tarbosaur and its baby” and “Egg fossils of many different dinosaur species, and an embryo in the egg.” Oviraptor, meaning “egg-marauder”, is a genus of small Mongolian theropod dinosaurs that was visually the most bird-like theropod dinosaur and had three fingers.
Image of skeletons discovered in Gobi Desert. In the lower diagram, different colors represent different individuals. ( Gregory F. Fistston et. al / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Gobi as an ancient dinosaur generator
Probably one of the most fascinating dinosaur facts, provided by Amicus mongolia , Is that if one were to take into account all the dinosaur research done on the planet in the last decade, when total, it is estimated that “over 80 generations of dinosaurs, or 1/5 (one fifth) More: 400 dinosaurs known for science have been found in Genoa, Mongolian gobi. ”
However, no matter how stiff the competition, this new species is an exceptionally rare and valuable discovery. Thanks to its double digits, Oksoko Avarson has adapted its diet and lifestyle, which ultimately enhanced its reproductive success. The research team also concluded that these prehistoric creatures were young when they were young, as excavators discovered a group of four juveniles together.
The team of scientists studied the slow depletion, and eventual loss of the third finger of the dinosaur in the history of the evolution of oviraptors, and concluded in this study that the hands and hands of newly discovered organisms “migrated geologically to new geographic areas Changed considerably during, “especially what is now North America and the Gobi Desert. “When tried to answer Why the This birdlike creature loses its third finger, with researchers most likely having it in relation to changes in its foraging or nesting patterns, performance requirements, or other social habits.
Top image: an artist’s impression of the Oksoko Avarsan dinosaur. Source: ( Michael Scrapnik / University of Edinburgh
By Ashley Cowley