Dinosaur Bones Replaced With Opal: Australia
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Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:39 am ]
Post subject:  Dinosaur Bones Replaced With Opal: Australia

Dinosaur Bones Shimmering With Opal Reveal a New Species in Australia
Discovery in an Australian opal mine remained unexamined for three decades—it turned out to be the most complete opalized dinosaur skeleton in the world.
The glittering remains, encrusted with opal, represent the newly described species Fostoria dhimbangunmal. The species is the youngest Australian member of the iguanodontian dinosaurs, a plant-eating group that had a horse-shaped skull and a similar build to the kangaroo. The United Kingdom’s Iguanodon and Australia’s Muttaburrasaurus are among Fostoria’s more famous cousins. The name of the new dinosaur is a nod to its original discoverer, with ‘dhimbangunmal’ meaning ‘sheep yard’ in the Yuwaalaraay, Yuwaalayaay and Gamilaraay languages of the Indigenous people living in the area near Lightening Ridge.

The original article was posted in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: ... VlQEBAMA==

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