Long neck dinosaur's fossil found in China and reveals more of the dragon dinosaur of the late Jurassic era.Chris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Jan 31, 2015 03:55 IST
There are some fresh new discoveries of the dragon dinosaur whose fossils first emerged in 2006 according to a publishing in the The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. These fossils first stumbled upon Chinese construction workers who later informed the authority.
This fossil belongs to what one thinks to be one of the largest dinosaurs in the history of the time in Asia measuring around 50 feet long. Better known as the Qijianglongis, it first appeared in the Late Jurassic era which is around 160 million years ago. The word Qijianglongis means dragon of Qijiang as its discovery took place in the city of Qijiang situated near the central area of China as confirmed by the University of Alberta.
Tetsuto Miyashita, a PhD student belonging from University of Alberta, said it is unusual to discover the head of a dinosaur whose neck is so long because the head becomes separated from the neck without too much effort after the death of the animal. Qijianglong was a great animal which consisted of almost half neck and that is quite an extraordinary thing.
This enormous reptile s neck made up almost one-third of its entire length yet to one s surprise the necks were comparatively very light in spite of the size as the neck vertebrae as it was of almost no weight.
Dinosaur with necks that long was found in nowhere but China and these new dinosaurs reassure us that these extreme species prospered in isolation.
The Qijianglongis belonged to a dinosaur family named mamenchisaurids which were legendary for their long necks. Some of the cases it was seen that the necks were the same size as the body. When long-necked dinosaurs were closer to being extinct in Asia, they developed into various other forms.
It is also not a known fact why mamenchisaurids chose not to drift to other continents but also noted that it is likely that these dinosaurs were estranged from other continents either by water or than other animals vastly outnumbered them before a land connection was reestablished.
A Qijianglong skeleton is currently on display in a Chinese Mueseum.
Long neck dinosaur's fossil found in China and reveals more of the dragon dinosaur of the late Jurassic era.