“Japanese dragon god”: Skeleton of a hitherto unknown species of dinosaur discovered

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Japanese researchers have identified a hitherto unknown species of dinosaur after reconstructing almost the entire skeleton of eight meters.

By analyzing hundreds of bones 72 million years old, a team led by scientists from the University of Hokkaido concluded that the skeleton belongs to a hitherto unknown species of the hadrosaurid family.

It is the largest dinosaur skeleton found to date in the Japanese archipelago.

Scientists believe the dinosaur weighed four or five tons, was a herbivore and walked on two or four legs.

The species was named “Kamuysaurus japonicus”, meaning Japanese dragon god.

The discovery was published in the British scientific journal Scientific Reports.