Top 10 Dinosaur Fossil Discoveries

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6. Archaeopteryx (1860-62)

Archaeopteryx (1860-62)

Archaeopteryx implying ancient wing is the earliest bird known to mankind. The discovery of its fossil filled the missing link between dinosaurs and birds. It lived in the Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago. Scientists believe that this crow-sized aerial animal evolved from certain specie of small dinosaur.

 

7. Diplodocus (1877)

Diplodocus (1877)

Diplodocus means double beamed. This was among the largest dinosaurs that existed on earth. Diplodocus was a sauropod, lizard hipped.  The Carnegie Museum of National History, U.S.A. houses a giant, life size replica of this reptile. Palaeontologists argued that this dinosaur had a second brain; however this fact has not been substantiated with proof.

 

8. Brachylophosaurus (2000)

Brachylophosaurus (2000)

Brachylophosaurus connotes short-crested lizard. A relatively new discovery, it is also called the “Elvis” of dinosaurs. This is because of its head crest which resembled that of the famous rock and roll singer. In the year, 2003, a specimen was awarded the Guinness book of World Records for being the best preserved dinosaur remains. Another astonishing discovery, made by scientists was that, this specie suffered from cancer and proofs for this are present in the fossil remains.

 

9. Maiasaura (1975)

Maiasaura (1975)

Its name stands for good mother lizard. They are believed to be fossilized to volcanic ash by a sudden natural disaster. It was one of the last surviving dinosaurs. Their remains are indicative that the mother did not abandon the eggs after laying them, but cared for its offspring, unlike other dinosaurs.

 

10. Sinosauropteryx (1877)

Sinosauropteryx (1877)

Sinosauropteryx means Chinese lizard wing. Sinosauropteryx’s discovery was the first to show existence of feathers in dinosaurs. Three complete fossils have been found consisting unlaid eggs and certain internal organs. Their bodies were covered with protofeathers which served as an insulation mechanism.

 

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