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First Hadrosauridae from Maastrichtian of Morocco


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The first Hadrosauridae from the Maastrichtian of Morocco is described in this paper.   Pretty cool,  its a lambeosaurine called Ajnabia odysseus.

From Ouled Abdoun Basin.  Its also the first named hadrosaur from Africa.

Hopefully will see some teeth on the market. :D

 

 

Sorry its Paywalled

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0195667120303657

 

 

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Fantastic news, sadly there is a lack of dinosaur material from this formation due to it being mostly ocean.

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12 minutes ago, Haravex said:

Fantastic news, sadly there is a lack of dinosaur material from this formation due to it being mostly ocean.

Something to acquire on your next trip.  :D  My guess is local diggers have little knowledge of what hadrosaur teeth look like.

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8 minutes ago, Troodon said:

Something to acquire on your next trip.  :D  My guess is local diggers have little knowledge of what hadrosaur teeth look like.

Its a place I have never personally hunted, one thing I know for sure is nothing goes to waste in morocco literally nothing everything they find they keep even broken shark teeth can be found and bought by the pounds.

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5 minutes ago, Haravex said:

Its a place I have never personally hunted, one thing I know for sure is nothing goes to waste in morocco literally nothing everything they find they keep even broken shark teeth can be found and bought by the pounds.

Certainly can believe that.  Well fragments might exist and not recognized.   Its not like theropod teeth that everyone is familiar with .  Just something to look for when I'm going to the Tucson show and dozens of Moroccan dealers around, that is if there is a show and they can come

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This is very interesting news. The small size seems consistent with the small Hadrosaurs from Europe. But as far as I know there is still almost nothing known about the most interesting features of Lambeosaurines in Europe, the crests.

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Some additional illustrations and remarks

 

Sidi Chennane is same locality where Chinanisaurus material was found

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Quite small

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Ajnabia odysseus

 belongs to the Arenisaurus family of the European Lambeosaurus family.

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Author Nick Longrich article on this hadrosaur, giving his theory how they and sauropods arrived in Africa.   They were good swimmers..  He refers to it as possibly the smallest hadrosaur the size of a pony.

 

https://www.nicklongrich.com/blog/ajnabia-odysseus-the-first-duckbill-dinosaur-from-africa

 

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9 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Weird image indeed. And they also call a pterosaur a dinosaur.

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4 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

Weird image indeed. And they also call a pterosaur a dinosaur.

They always do that. 

Even though the scientists that they quote never do. :Confused05:

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