Researchers Discover A New Dinosaur That Had A Cool Large Spiked Mohawk

11The finding

The skeleton was first discovered in the Bajada Colorada Formation in 2013 in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina. It took years of research and study to finally understand the creature and give it the name Bajadasaurus pronuspinax. It belongs to the Sauropods group of dinosaurs which are the group of dinosaurs that are large-bodied and have long-necks.

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12A stop in the research

Since the fossils of this dinosaur that have been found cannot complete the entire skeleton, researchers cannot complete their studies. Till a complete skeleton is discovered, the research team is using the Amargasaurus which shares a similar body type to the Bajadasaurus as well as long spikes on its neck and back.

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13Animals today

Even today we have animals that share the same type of body structure with bizarre structures for defence and protection. Researchers say that the full skeleton of the Bajadasaurus is still buried somewhere in Bajada Colorada. The only issue is that the entire place is a mess of different fossils and it takes quite some time to find out which dinosaur they belong to.

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14The modern equivalent

Like all dinosaurs that have a modern-day equivalent animal that shares some properties to the ancient giant creatures, the Bajadasaurus’s modern equivalent is the potto. The potto is a small primate found in the African region that has long, forward-pointing vertebral spines. Unfortunately, unlike the Bajadasaurus the spikes don’t protrude through the skin.

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15The issue with fossils

According to the research team the region is filled with fossils of not just dinosaurs but also other animals as well as plants. They have said that it is very hard to recognize what fossil belongs to the Bajadasaurus and what belongs to something else. The research takes some time to get a definite answer.

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16Till a full skeleton is found

Till a full skeleton of the Bajadasaurus is found we have to use our imagination and whatever the research team tells us. We have already found a ton of different dinosaurs to add to the list of already existing ones. But as the days go by new discoveries are made. The diversity of dinosaurs is increasing every day.

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