100 million-year-old dinosaur bones discovered in Meghalaya

The GSI researchers noted that this is the first record of sauropods of probable Titanosaurian origin discovered in the region.

Researchers have identified fossil bone fragments of Sauropod dinosaurs dating back to about 100 million years from an area around West Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya.


The yet-to-be-published findings were made during a recent field trip by researchers from the Geological Survey of India's Palaeontology division in North-East.


The GSI researchers noted that this is the first record of sauropods of probable Titanosaurian origin discovered in the region.


"Dinosaur bones from Meghalaya were reported by GSI in 2001 but they were too fragmentary and ill-preserved to understand its taxonomic identification," said Arindam Roy, Senior Geologist, Palaeontology Division, GSI.


"The present find of bones is during fieldwork in 2019-2020 and 2020-21. The last visit of the team was in February 2021. The fossils are presumably of Late Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago," Roy said.


The bone fragments were collected from poorly sorted, purplish to greenish very coarse-grained arkosic sandstone interlaid with pebbly beds.

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