STL Science Center

STL Science Center

03 October 2012

Indian Discoveries

Rajasaurus was initially discovered by Suresh Srivastava in the Narmada River Valley. The discoveries were made between 1982 and 1984, but the paper officially describing Rajasaurus was not written and published until 2003. That describing paper was a two nation effort with both Indian paleontologists and Americans describing the skeleton and writing the paper. The description of the new genus within the Abelisaurid family added much to the family, showing, in part, that the Abelisaurid family was a truly southern hemisphere family that spanned the entire globe at one time. It also proved that the Abelisaurids were a dynamic long lasting family that was the equivalent of the Tyrannosaurs in their own ecosystem.

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