A spiny miniature dinosaur fossil was recently discovered in South America. The discovery is believed to represent a complete lineage of previously unrecognized ‘iron-bodied’ dinosaurs.
The newly discovered species, Jakapil kanyukura, lived between 97 million and 94 million years ago, citing Live Science. The discovery confirms that an entire line of armored dinosaurs lived in the Southern Hemisphere, paleontologists report in a new study.
The Jakapil Kanyukura weighs about the same as that of a domestic cat. Its body is covered with protective spines that extend from its neck to the tail.
The name “Jacapil” comes from the word “shield bearer” in the Puelchian native language, while “kanikura” comes from the words “peak” and “stone” in the Mapudungun native language.
This type of mini dinosaur is estimated to have grown to about 1.5 meters in length. Jakapil Kanyukura was a plant eater whose leaf-shaped teeth resembled those of Stegosaurus.
Paleontologists from the Felix de Azara Foundation for Natural History in Argentina found a partial skeleton of a sub-adult Kanyukur jacapil in the Rio Negro province of northern Patagonia. The dinosaur probably walked upright and had a short beak that was capable of a strong bite. According to a report published in the journal, experts speculate that these ‘herbivorous dinosaurs’ can also eat hardwood vegetation. nature report,
Jackpill Kanyukura belonged to a similar group of stegosaurus, ankylosaurus, and other ‘armored’ dinosaurs called Thyrophora. Most thyrophorans are known to have come from the Northern Hemisphere, and fossils of early members of this group are mostly found in Jurassic rocks from North America and Europe from about 201 million years ago to 163 million years ago.
You can see that when J. What they looked like when the Kaniukura were alive is thanks to this computer simulation by Gabriel Díaz Yatén, a Chilean palaeontologist and paleontology student at Rio Negro National University.