By Dhrubaa Ghosh, Jan 20, 2022 14:45
Dinosaurs are fascinating for scientists and kids alike. They appeared approximately 230 million years ago, ruled the Earth, and disappeared. Their extinction has been blamed on a massive asteroid hitting Earth and showering meteors, massive tectonic shifts, and changes in climate ushering in the Ice Age. Some dinosaurs were not wiped out of existence; they evolved and are living among us today. Today we are going to look at 5 fearsome dinosaurs whose remains were found in what is now our nation.
A real Raja among the dinos, this was a 30 feet long, one tonne lizard. The Rajasauras was a carnivorous animal, and some scientists think it was among the deadliest. It ate almost any animal that came in its way. No wonder the Greek name means Prince or Regal Lizard. Its fossils were discovered in Kheda of Gujarat, and Jabalpur of Madhya Pradesh. Pointed razor sharp teeth, clawed fore arms, sturdy hind legs for jumping and running, and an extra wide mouth must have made it a living nightmare.
66 million years ago, the Lametasaurus stomped about Jabalpur’s Lameta Formation. It was a super ferocious mixture of crocodilian and Titanosaur armoured breeds. Scientists are still doubtful whether the remains they found on the hills of Jabalpur is one massive carnivorous dinosaur or a jumble of bones form various animals. Given that only one specimen has been found till date, it’s tough to understand much about it except that it was large, powerful, had seriously huge teeth in a big mouth, and the built suited for a killer lizard that could stand on its hind legs.
Discovered in 2010, the remains of a giant lizard near the village of Rahioli, probably belonged to a carnivorous monster that lived 65 to 70 million years go. It was like the Rajasaurus, but more slender and lightweight. It could also run faster on powerful and deadly limbs.
The Greek word Indosuchus means the ‘Indian crocodile’. Another fossil found near Jabalpur, dating back to the similar time zone of 65 to 70 years belonged to a fearful animal that stood on hind limbs, had a hopping run, and a horrifying huge head with a snout like a crocodiles, only much huger. The teeth were curved and pointed, enabling to kill by tearing.
Famous Indian palaeontologist Sohan Lal Jain is credited for an in-depth study on the bone and head structure of a huge herbivorous dinosaur that walked about India. It was a whopping 70 and half feet long. This was a gentle giant, like most herbivores. Ironically, Mr. Jain himself is doubtful whether the skeleton is of a brand new dino or a titanosaurus. Other scientists however believe it’s a new species and has named it after him.