Farlowichnus rapidus : New Species Of Dinosaur
Brazil’s geological service announced a new species of dinosaur, Farlowichnus rapidus, that lived in the desert during the early Cretaceous period.
- Farlowichnus rapidus new species of dinosaur was a small carnivorous animal about the size of a modern-day seriema bird, or about 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) tall.
- It was a very fast reptile that ran across the ancient dunes.
- The fossilized dinosaur “trackways”, were first found in the 1980s by Italian priest and palaeontologist Giuseppe Leonardi
- It lived during the early Cretaceous period.
- The Cretaceous is the longest period of the Phanerozoic Eon.
- The Cretaceous Period began with Earth’s land assembled essentially into two continents, Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south.
- These were almost completely separated by the equatorial Tethys seaway, and the various segments of Laurasia and Gondwana had already started to rift apart.