Could this finally provide some of the answers scientists have been looking for? A corpse of something that looks very much like a dinosaur has been unearthed, and it still has meat on its bones. The decaying remains have some excited about the potential find. Others are dismissive of the remains and believe there is a much more logical explanation.
“The partially-preserved corpse was discovered by an electrician cleaning out a sub-station that had been left untouched for 35 years in Jaspur, a small city in Uttarakhand, India,” The Daily Mail writes.
It is small. There are no obvious feathers, leading the optimistic to speculate that it is one of the flightless dinosaurs, but they’ve been extinct for 65 million years. Yet the resemblance is uncanny.
Scientists are now working to determine its age through the use of radiocarbon dating.
“Dr Parag Madhukar Dhakate, a Conservator with the Indian Forest Service, said that the creature would remain an enigma until scientific analysis had been completed,” The Mail notes.
“It looks like a dinosaur, but we can’t say anything until all the tests are done,” he said.
Others are much less optimistic. Aaryan Kumar, a graduate student in paleontology, spoke to media and explained how it would be impossible, in those conditions, for the meat to stay on the bone.
“Non-avian dinosaurs have been extinct for the past 65 million years but it does resemble theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs which included bipedal carnivores.”
“But a dinosaur skeleton could not have been found in such a well-preserved condition after millions of years without it being in a fossilized state.”
“The only even slightly possible way is it was chemically preserved to store it in a museum. But if that was the case, how did it end up here?”
The skeleton looks like a Dakotaraptor. All we have, though, are fossil remains and artists conceptions.
The Mail suggests it looks like a family that contains he Deinonychus, the Coelophysis and the Dromaeosaurus. Many of these are too large to be options.
But as the creature’s remains are only 28cm long, others are pointing to a more obvious conclusion. This, they claim, is the corpse of a common rat.