07 Dec 2021 Issie Sanek: Dinosaur Species
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Issie Sanek: Dinosaur Species- Today Current Affairs
- Recently researchers have discovered the first dinosaur species that lived on Greenland 214 million (Pre Triassic Era) years ago.
- In 1994, paleontologists from Harvard University discovered two well-preserved dinosaur skulls during excavations in East Greenland.
- One of the specimens was originally thought to belong to the genus Plateosaurus, a famous long-necked dinosaur found in Germany, France and Switzerland.
- Researchers have determined that it is a new species, which has been named ‘Issi Saaneq’.
- This was a medium-sized, long-necked dinosaur, the predecessor of the sauropods, the largest land animal ever found.
- Issi Sanek is different from all other sauropodomorphs yet discovered, but has some similarities to dinosaurs found in Brazil, such as Macrocollum and Unaysaurus, which are about 15 million years old.
- It was the first sauropodomorph to be found at altitudes above 40 degrees in the north.
- The name of the new dinosaur means ‘coldbone’ in the Inuit language of Greenland.
- The Inuit language, which is the North-Eastern division of the Eskimo languages. This language is spoken in northern Alaska, Canada and Greenland.
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- The new species lived during an important time in Earth’s history. This will help researchers to understand climate change over that time period.
- This unique new species is important to Greenland, primarily because it helps researchers understand more about the reach of pre-Triassic dinosaurs, as well as how sauropods evolved.
- Issi Sanek’s discovery will broaden knowledge about the evolution of plateosaurid sauropodomorphs.