Australian palaeontologist discovers long-necked toothless tyrannosaur cousin

Australian palaeontologists have just discovered a new species of dinosaur,media reported. Despite being a sub-species with the tyrannosaurs and tyrannosaurs, this elaphrosaur has a long neck, no teeth, and unusual eating habits. Academics have yet to give it a formal name, but after unearthing it near Cape Otway in Victoria, researchers temporarily call it “Era the Elaphrosaur.”

Australian palaeontologist discovers long-necked toothless tyrannosaur cousin

Imagination (from: Swinburne University / Ruairidh Duncan)

As a sub-species of animal feet, the new dinosaurs had familiar figures from many ancient predators. It uses bipedal standing, plus two degraded clumsiness (small arms) and even a feather, but only about 2 meters (6.6 feet) from nose to tail.

The biggest difference with the new species is that its neck is much longer than most animal feet and appears to have teeth only when it was a child. As you age, Era The Elaphrosaur’s teeth degrade and leave gills.

Some have speculated that the species may have eaten meat as a child and turned to vegetarian food when it was growing up. But researchers are not sure yet, as fossils of the skull portion are currently missing (only the neck bone found in 2015).

Australian palaeontologist discovers long-necked toothless tyrannosaur cousin

(Photo by: Museums Victoria / Stephen Poropat)

At first only 5 cm (2 inches) long vertebrae were thought to belong to the flying reptile, but palaeontologists found some of the right ones in the seeding.

“The cervical vertebrae of pterosaurs are very distinctive, with the body of the vertebrae having a nest at the end of the head and a bone joint at the main end of all known pterosaurs,” said author Adele Pentland.

Upon closer examination, it was found that the fossil had a nest at both ends of the vertebrae, thus ruling out the possibility of pterosaurs, which eventually the researchers attributed to the animal foot sub-eye.

Australian palaeontologist discovers long-necked toothless tyrannosaur cousin

Volunteer Jessica Parker carries fossils found in 2015 (from Swinburne University)

It is understood to be the first time the species has been found in Australia and is much younger than most of its species. Fossils found in places such as Tanzania and China date back to the Jurassic period between 160 and 145 million years ago, but “Eric” is a bird that lived 110 million years ago.

Looking ahead, palaeontologists hope to dig up more fossils of the species’ bones. Details of the study have been published in the recent lying journal Gondwana Research.

Originally published as First elaphrosaurine theropod dinosaur (Ceratosauria: Noasauridae) from Australia – A cervical vertebra from the Early Cretacus of Victoria.