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Researchers had earlier unearthed two well-preserved dinosaur skulls during an excavation in East Greenland. They have now named this dinosaur species as Issi saaneq.
About Issi saaneq
Issi saaneq is a dinosaur that lived about 214 million years ago in what is now Greenland.
It was a medium-sized, long-necked herbivore and a predecessor of the sauropods, the largest land animals ever to live.
The name of the new dinosaur pays tribute to Greenland’s Inuit language and means “coldbone”.
What is the significance of the discovery?
Firstly, this is the first evidence of a distinct Greenlandic dinosaur species.
Secondly, this dinosaur species lived during an important time in Earth’s history. It will help the researchers to understand the climatic changes according to that time.
Source: This post is based on the article “Issi saaneq: New dinosaur species, which roamed Greenland 214 mn years ago” published in Indian Express on 6th December 2021.