Farlowichnus rapidus

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Recently, Brazil's geological service announced a new species of dinosaur Farlowichnus rapidus, that lived in the desert during the early Cretaceous period.

About Farlowichnus rapidus

  • The new species of dinosaur was a small carnivorous animal about the size of a modern-day seriema bird, or about 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) tall.
  • It was a very fast reptile that ran across the ancient dunes.
  • The fossilized dinosaur "trackways,", were first found in the 1980s by Italian priest and paleontologist Giuseppe Leonardi
  • It lived during the early Cretaceous period.

What is the Cretaceous Period?

  • In geologic time it is the last of the three periods of the Mesozoic Era.
  • It began 145.0 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago; it followed the Jurassic Period and was succeeded by the Paleogene Period (the first of the two periods into which the Tertiary Period was divided).
  • The Cretaceous is the longest period of the Phanerozoic Eon. 
  • The Cretaceous Period began with Earth’s land assembled essentially into two continents, Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south.
  • These were almost completely separated by the equatorial Tethys seaway, and the various segments of Laurasia and Gondwana had already started to rift apart. 

Q1) What is the Mesozoic Era?

The Mesozoic Era is the second-to-last era of Earth's geological history, lasting from about 252 to 66 million years ago, comprising the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods.

Source: Scientists identify new dinosaur species from footprints in Brazil