Fossils as future finds
More dinosaur species await discovery. “Dinosaurs have existed for over 150 million years, compared with mammals which have only been around some 60 million years. It’s therefore not surprising that dinosaurs reached a level of diversity encompassing over 500 genera and thousands of species,” Yan said.
Asked if a lucky digger might unearth a dinosaur in the Philippines, Yan sadly shook his head. “Not likely as the Philippine archipelago was formed long after the last dinosaurs died out.”
At least dinosaur lovers can now see the closest thing to a living dinosaur outside Jurassic World by visiting the Suncor Nodosaur at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Canada.
Dinosaur lover Jaypee Yan, who teaches biology at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. The dinosaur is Therizinosaurus, a theropod which either ate plants or insects.
The Nodosaur’s spikes and armor plates are so wellpreserved that the live version wouldn’t have been much different.