The Indian Dinosaur : Rajasaurus & Narmada River

Introduction

Narmada, one of the major river in central india, also known as ” Rawa ” is the lifeline of Madhyapradesh and Gujarat. It rises from Amarkantak Plateau in Anuppur district of Madhya pradesh.
Narmada passes through Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat completing almost 1312 KM and ended it’s journey into Gulf of Khambhat ( Arabian Sea).

Narmada River Valley is one of the most important Geological Sites of India as, in this area many fossils discovered. In recent (2016) , Palaeontologists discovered a rare marine coral fossils for the first time, which is approx 9 crore years old. Discovery of Coral suggests the presence of marine life and sea.

Narmada valley is also extremely important for Palaeontological studies. In India, several dinosaur fossils have been found including, TITANOSAURUS INDICUS found in 1877 by Richard Lydekker.

In between 1982 to 1984 , fossils bone were discovered by Suresh Srivastava of GSI.

Skeleton

Bones were excavated from the Narmada River Valley in Rahioli in the Kheda district of Gujarat. After many joint researches by Indian and American Palaeontologists Paul Sereno, from University of Chicago and Jeffrey A Wilson form University of Michigan, they described the type of dinosaur.

Naming RAJASAURUS

This fossils of dinosaur, named ” RAJASAURUS NARMADENSIS ” . Wilson and his team in 2003 collected partial skeleton of braincase, spine, hipbone, legs, and tail for an Indian theropod dinosaur “RAJASAURUS”.

The dinosaur was measured 6.6 metres and had a single horn on the forehead , Carnivorous in nature. The ” RAJASAURUS ” is much like T Rex Dinosaur found in North America. The ” RAJASAURUS ” meaning is ” King of Lizard “.

Rajasaurus

You can visit, Regional Museum of Natural History in Bhopal to see the reconstructed skull of ” RAJASAURUS “. Fossils study tell us how long life has existed on Earth, Fossils can tell us a lot about the past . In future we hope to be more fossils discovered, so we more discover about our ancient India.

Skull of “RAJASAURUS”

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