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- The discovered bones belong to a certain specimen of a duck-billed dinosaur
- The latest discovery marks just the third time a Hadrosaurid fossil has been recovered from marine deposits
- The exact species of the newly discovered dinosaur is still unknown, but scientists have decided to name the dino as “Mukawaryu
Japan, June 6, 2017: Scientists in Japan have unearthed the record-breaking 72-million-year-old fossil of the largest complete dinosaur skeleton of the island nation in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.
The discovered bones belong to a certain specimen of a duck-billed dinosaur. Paleontologists from Hokkaido University and Hobetsu Museum in Mukawa have been indulged in the excavation of the skeleton since 2013.
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Other such fossils of the duck-billed dinosaur species, or Hadrosaurus, have been discovered in Eurasia, North America, South America, and Antarctica. According to available information about the species, The herbivores roamed the earth during the Late Cretaceous Period, between 100 million and 66 million years ago.
According to UPI reports, the latest discovery marks just the third time a Hadrosaurid fossil has been recovered from marine deposits. It is notably rare for a complete skeleton to be discovered in marine strata. Any fossil skeleton with more than 50 percent of the specimen’s bones intact is considered to be a complete skeleton.
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The exact species of the newly discovered dinosaur is still unknown, but scientists have decided to name the dino as “Mukawaryu,” Japanese for Mukawa dragon.
In a news release, lead researcher Yoshitsugu Kobayashi said, “We first discovered a part of the fossilized Mukawaryu skeleton in 2013, and after a series of excavations, we believe we have cleaned more than half of the bones the dinosaur had, making it clear that it is a complete skeleton.”
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The main Hadrosaurid family tree can be divided into two distinct groups- species with a crest belong to Lambeosaurinae, uncrested species belong to Hadrosaurinae.
Kobayashi also stated that although Mukawaryu bears some characteristics of both groups, the preliminary analysis indicated it might belong to the Hadrosaurinae. Which group the Mukawaryu skeleton belongs to will surely be cleared by further cleaning of the fossils and detailed research.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang
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Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
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The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
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