Basal tyrannosauroid teeth found in Kalasin, Thailand

Picture courtesy of Kasetsart University

Kasetsart University researcher Wongwech Chowchuvech uncovered the fossilised teeth of a Basal Tyrannosauroid in Phu Noi, Kalasin province, marking a significant palaeontological find in Southeast Asia.

The discovery, which emerged under the guidance of Assistant Professor Chatchalerm Ketwetsuriya, Mahasarakham University researcher Sita Manitkoon, and Sirindhorn Museum director Phornphen Chanthasit, sheds light on the region’s prehistoric biodiversity.

Analysis of the teeth confirmed they belong to a Basal Tyrannosauroid, a relative of the well-known carnivorous Tyrannosaurus Rex. This discovery stands in contrast to the previously unearthed Metriacanthosauridae teeth from the same area, said a spokesperson for the team.

“The Basal Tyrannosauroid teeth exhibited two distinct dental characteristics: lateral teeth with mesiolingual twisted mesial carinae extending above the cervix line and a braided enamel surface texture.”

Further examination suggests that the Basal Tyrannosauroid in Phu Noi is closely related to the Jurassic-era Guanlong wucaii and Proceratosaurus bradleyi. This finding highlights the rich paleoecological environment of lower Phu Kradung during that period, marking the first occurrence of a Basal Tyrannosauroid in Southeast Asia, reported Bangkok Post.

In related news, villagers foraging for mushrooms in the Buriram forest stumbled upon ancient carvings believed to depict the mythological figure Sirimahamaya. The discovery sparked widespread interest and calls for an urgent investigation by the Fine Arts Department.

In the dense forests of Buriram, a group of mushroom foragers made an unexpected and potentially historic discovery. Amidst the lush greenery, they found an intricately carved ancient stone, igniting both excitement and speculation among locals and online communities.

The remarkable relic, believed to be an artistic representation of the legendary Sirimahamaya, mother of the Buddha, has become the centrepiece of a story that has captured the imagination of the public.

The initial assumption is that the carving might portray the figure of a Yakshini, a female tree spirit grasping a branch, or perhaps the noble Sirimahamaya holding a tree branch.

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