New Lizard Species Named After Lord Indra

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A new lizard species has been found in micro raptor stomach and it has been named after Lord Indra. This lizard represents a new species-Indrasaurus Wangi unlike any previously known. Microraptor is a genus of small, four-winged paravian dinosaurs who would normally eat fish, mammals and birds depending upon the surroundings.

Microraptor had four wings, one on each of its forelimbs and hindlimbs. This resembles one possible arrangement of the quartet of flight surfaces on a tandem wing aircraft of today.

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Research Overview

  • The new lizard had a unique teeth among all other previously found lizards from the Jehol Biota, The Jehol Biota includes all the living organisms - the ecosystem of north eastern China between 133 and 120 million years ago.
  • This new species was suggested to have a different diet al together.
  • The Indrasaurus name was inspired by a Vedic legend in which the god Indra was swallowed by a dragon (referring to Microraptor) during a great battle.
  • The lizard was also named after Prof WANG Yuan from IVPP, who is also director of the Pale zoological Museum of China.
  • Professor WANG is an expert on the paleoherpetofauna of China and has been in charge of numerous exhibitions of Chinese fossils.
  • This dinosaur is now known to have fed on mammals, birds, fish, and lizards, being the fourth documented occurrence of a Microraptor preserving stomach contents.
  • The research also reveals that the Microraptor fed in a manner very much similar to that of the living carnivorous birds and lizards.
  • The absence of egested pellets in Microraptor further revealed that the evolutionary transition from dinosaur to bird was characterized by extreme homoplasy. This extreme homoplasy refers to numerous traits evolved multiple times independently in closely related groups
  • The direct evidence of trophic interactions in the Jehol Biota has slowly accumulated over the past 20 years. Altogether 20 predator-prey relationships have been documented so far through direct evidence of stomach contents.

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