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Footprints of 3 Dinosaur Species: Rajasthan

Footprints of 3 Dinosaur Species: Rajasthan

In a major discovery, footprints of three species of dinosaurs have been found in the Thar desert in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district.

  • It proves the presence of the giant reptiles in the western part of the State
  • The footprints belong to three species of dinosaurs – Eubrontes cf. giganteus, Eubrontes glenrosensis and Grallator tenuis.
  • The footprints were 200 million years old.
  • The dinosaur species are considered to be of the theropod type, with the distinguishing features of hollow bones and feet with three digits (like fingers).
  • Theropod is any member of the dinosaur subgroup Theropoda, which includes all the flesh-eating dinosaurs.
  • All the three species, belonging to the early Jurassic period, were carnivorous.
  • The ‘Age of Dinosaurs’ (the Mesozoic Era – 252-66 Million Years Ago – MYA) included three consecutive geologic time periods (the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods).
  • Different dinosaur species lived during each of these three periods.

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