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Scientists in Japan unearth 72-million-year-old Fossil of the largest complete Dinosaur Skeleton

The latest discovery marks just the third time a Hadrosaurid fossil has been recovered from marine deposits

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Scientists in Japan have unearthed fossils of the duck-billed dinosaur species, Wikimedia
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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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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)