GUWAHATI: In a first for the region, 100-million-year old fossil bone fragments of sauropod dinosaur have been found by researchers of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.
The yet-to-be-published findings were made during a recent field trip by researchers from the GSI’s palaeontology division in northeast. The researchers stated that this was the first record of sauropods of probable Titanosaurian origin discovered in the region.
Sauropods had very long necks, long tails, small heads relative to the rest of their body, and four thick, pillar-like legs. These dinosaurs were notable for their enormous sizes and believed to be one of the largest animals lived on the planet.
With the finding, Meghalaya became the fifth state in India after Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu and the only state in the North-East to report Sauropod bones having Titanosaurian affinity.
Titanosaurs were a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs, including genera from Africa, Asia, South America, North America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica.
As per the researcher, the dinosaur bones from Meghalaya were reported by GSI in 2001 but they were too fragmentary and ill-preserved to understand its taxonomic identification.
He, however, noted that the conclusions are drawn from preliminary studies and detailed work is going on.