The dinosaur belonged
to a group known as therizinosaurs — bipedal and primarily herbivorous
Three-toed dinosaurs that
lived during the Cretaceous period, about 145 million to 66 million years ago.
Researchers from Japan
and the United States described the youngest therizinosaur fossil ever found in Japan
That fossil also
happens to be the first to be found in Asia in marine sediments.
This fossil represents
a newly described species, which the researchers named Paralitherizinosaurus japonicus.
The genus, which means
"reptile by the sea" in Greek and Latin; the species name honors Japan, where the specimen was unearthed.
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