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Scientists discovered a new dinosaur. He was like a duck

Today, paleontologists whoengaged in the study of the fossil remains of ancient animals and plants, discovered more than 1000 species of various dinosaurs. The number of species new to science is constantly growing, and recently another previously unknown species was discovered by scientists. Judging by the remains found, the ancient giant was very different from other dinosaurs - the structure of his head was such that he remotely resembled a duck.

The bones of an unusual dinosaur were found back in1980s, in Big Bend National Park, located in the US state of Texas. Then a student at the Texas Technical University named Tom Lehman, who is already his professor at the moment, unearthed the skull of an unknown creature with a duck nose and a wide lower jaw. Then it was not possible to determine the type of dinosaur, because its bones were firmly glued together, but eventually the scientists managed to separate them and study them carefully.

New dinosaur species

Found dinosaur clearly belonged to the family undername hadrosaurids. They could be easily distinguished from others, due to the unusual shape of the head - their mouth was very much like the beak of modern ducks. In some species, combs could be found that hid a large nasal cavity beneath, which served to produce loud noises. The found dinosaur did not have such an education on its head, therefore it can be assumed that it was much quieter than its relatives.

Scientists have given the name Aquilarhinuspalimentus and noted that he is probably one of the first representatives of the "platypus" dinosaurs. Most likely, this is why his head did not have a scallop - this formation could appear in other species at a later time. On the other hand, the ancestor from the very beginning had a wide jaw, which allowed it to easily extract and eat algae.

Petrified jaw of a new dinosaur

Researchers believe that the dinosaur founddied right while eating. Probably at the time of his death, he ate algae from the bottom of the swamp, which was located in the territory of today's Chihuahua desert. His body could lie among the algae for a very long time, so it is not surprising that his bones stuck together so much that it took several years to separate.

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Some scientists believe that if a meteoritewhich is considered to be the cause of the death of the dinosaurs, fell to another place, the ancient creatures could live for many more years. This would completely change the history and, perhaps, now people would have to share the planet with these giant predators. But who knows - maybe at the moment dinosaurs would be as smart as a man?

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