One for the Kiddiewinks

15 Oct 2019

Young children, especially small boys, are fascinated by the likes of Tyrannosaurus Rex and here we have a new species of giant predatory dinosaur found in Thailand - the Siamraptor .. go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/meet-siamraptor-suwa... ...

   ... the Siamraptor Suwati is a new dinosaur with a big set of chompers (details published in the online journal PLOS ONE) and written up by Duongsuda Chokchaloemwong of Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University in Thailand. The Siamraptor dates to early Cretaceous and came from the Khok Kruat geological formation at Khorat in Thailand. They are members of the Carcharodontosaurs, a widespread and successful group of large predatory dinosaurs known from vairous other parts of the world.

The geological formation is described as fluvial in origin - lots of water (but situated in NE Thailand and a long way from the modern coast). It consists primarily of red siltstone (mud) and sandstones. It has yielded remains of sharks, fish, turtles, crocodiles, and pterosaurs - as well as plenty of dinosaurs. It is basically a mixture of marine and land animals that was probably buried abruptly in a catastrophic event of some kind.