In a latest discovery in India, 150 million-year-old footprints of the Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaur have been found in the Thaiyat area of Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan. Geologists from the Jainarayan Vyas University of Jodhpur have made this discovery.
Fossils of the Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaurs have been found in different parts of the world earlier including France, Slovakia, Poland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Australia and USA. In India, eggs, bones and teeth of dinosaurs have been recorded in the past. But this is the first time that footprints of the Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod have been discovered in India.
The credit for this latest discovery goes to a team of the department of geology and zoology of JNVU, Jodhpur. The team includes Dr. Virendra Singh Parihar, Dr. Suresh Chandra Mathur and Dr. Shankar Lal Nama.
According to them, the footprints they found belong to the Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaurs. According to Morphology, their footprints are large, about 30cm long, tridactyle and strong with thick toes. Based on the size of footprints, the body of these dinosaurs is estimated to be 1-3m in height and 5-7m in length. They were carnivorous in nature. Also, these dinosaurs seem to have belonged to the coastal environment.
Dr. Virendra Singh Parihar also revealed that their team is already working to discover traces of flying and marine reptiles from India. He also said that we have two very potential sites for remains of dinosaurs and flying and marine reptiles in India. One of it is the Katrol formation of Kutch basin and the other one is the Baisakhi formation of Jaisalmer basin.
In the opinion of Professor S Mathur, former head of the geology department of JNVU, this discovery of the dinosaur footprints might open new prospects in searching for dinosaur fossils in rocks. He also believes that this discovery can help in solving the mystery behind the extinction of dinosaurs in the times to come.