A partially-preserved ‘dinosaur’ corpse has been discovered by an electrician cleaning out an old sub-station.
The corpse looks like a small dinosaur but since they have been extinct for 65 million years experts have been left baffled as to what it could be.
It was found in Jaspur, a small city in Uttarakhand, India and has been sent for analysis, including carbon dating, with the hope of identifying the age of the creature.
Remain of a animal skeleton looking similar to a dinosaur found in Jaspur Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand.
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The room was opened on Sunday for the first time in 35 years by the electrician Javad, who was cleaning it out, writes Times of India.
It was while rummaging through the junk Javed found the skeleton.
I was stunned when I saw the skeleton. I had never seen anything like this before. I called some people to see what I had found and everyone was equally surprised. We called police after that.
According to reports, Forest officials measured the body and found the creature had a 28cm long body, while the head was 9cm long and neck 5cm long.
Forest guard Anil Chauhan, from Patrampur, said:
In 39 years of my service, I have seen a lot of dead animals but I never came across anything like this.
And sub-divisional officer of the forest department, Kalam Singh Bisht, said: ‘The skeleton resembles a dinosaur but we can reach a conclusion only after tests are conducted.’
Aaryan Kumar, who is pursuing his PhD in Palaeontology from Delhi University, said:
Non-avian dinosaurs have been extinct for the past 65 million years but the skeleton does resemble Theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs which included bipedal carnivores.
But a dinosaur skeleton could not have been found in such a well-preserved condition after millions of years without it being in a fossilised state. The only way it is even slightly possible is that the skeleton was chemically preserved to store it in a museum. But if that was the case how did it end up here?
Dr Sarpreet Singh, a veterinarian from G B Pant University, said:
This appears to be a genetically distorted foetus of an animal. It could belong to the caprine (goat) family. Carbon dating will tell how old the creature is as well as give clues to its identity.
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Excavating an area in Morella, specialists were able to dig up the bones, over 80 in total, of the 65 foot sauropod dinosaur.
Sauropods were plant eating creatures with especially long necks and tails but surprisingly small heads. Interestingly they were so bloody big that they had zero competitors.
The head of the expadition, Jose Miguel Gasulla, explained that the remains are in excellent condition.
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