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New Dinosaur Species Identified in Japan

A new genus and species of therizinosaurid dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period has been identified from the fossilized remains unearthed on Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.

Life reconstruction of Paralitherizinosaurus japonicus. Image credit: Masato Hattori.

Dubbed Paralitherizinosaurus japonicus, the newly-discovered dinosaur roamed our planet during the Upper Cretaceous epoch, some 72 million years ago.

The ancient beast belonged to Therizinosauridae, a family of small to large, mainly herbivorous, theropod dinosaurs.

“Therizinosaurs have been found mainly from the Cretaceous deposits in Mongolia and China,” said Hokkaido University Museum paleontologist Yoshitsugu Kobayashi and colleagues.

“All of the Early Cretaceous species, except Falcarius, have been named from China so far, and two species are recovered from northern (Alxasaurus from the Inner Mongolia) and northwestern (Suzhousaurus from Gansu Province)…

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