Fos­sils as fu­ture finds

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

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.

(Gregg Yan)

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.

(Robert Clark / Na­tional Ge­o­graphic)

The No­dosaur’s spikes and ar­mor plates are so well­p­re­served that the live ver­sion wouldn’t have been much dif­fer­ent.

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