On Wednesday, based on research published, a new species of predatory dinosaur with a shark-like tooth has been found in Thailand.
Researchers of Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (NRRU), Thailand, and Fukui Prefectural University (FPU), Japan, consider the dinosaur, which they’ve named Siamraptor suwati, was a top predator around 115 million years ago. It’s supposed to be at least eight meters long.
Their research, part of the Japan-Thailand Dinosaur Project, was published within the newspaper.
A paleontologist at FPU, Soki Hattori, was quoted by Reuters as saying: “Siamraptor is the largest predator in the environment and thus might be an apex predator at that time limit.”
The fossils, which came from a minimum of four individual dinosaurs, include parts of this species’ skull, backbone, limbs, and teeth, a news release on the research said.
They’ve provided proof on the development of the dinosaur group known as Carcharodontosaurus, from which the Siamraptor represents an early evolutionary split, the researchers defined.
The group’s most well-known member is the Carcharodontosaurus, whose title, meaning “shark-toothed lizard,” was chosen because of its flesh-tearing efficiency. It lived in northern Africa around 94-98 million years ago and was roughly 15 meters long, based on the British National History Museum.
Hattori informed the news channel the researchers believed the Siamraptor would have been covered in scales.
Since the earliest recognized fossils from this dinosaur group come from Africa and Europe, it was a surprise to search for a first member in Southeast Asia.
In comments to the news channel, Hattori hailed the “essential” discovery as shedding “new light on the early evolutionary history of this group.”