New dinosaur species discovered in Thailand


Khon Kaen – The Department of Mineral Resources has announced the discovery of a new dinosaur species, the 10th to be found in Thailand, at Phu Wiang National Park in Khon Kaen, set to be nominated as a World Geopark by UNESCO. The medium-sized Theropods dinosaur is the largest fossil ever found in Thailand.

Department of Mineral Resources Director General, Sommai Techawan said the dinosaur has a 5-6 meter body length and belongs in the Megaraptora period. It is expected to share characteristics with dinosaurs found in Japan, such as long front and rear legs indicating fast running, along with big claws, and a narrower skeleton compared to other carnivore dinosaurs.

The fossil found was the 5th ever located in Khon Kaen. The department and Khon Kaen province is planning to nominate Phu Wiang National Park for endorsement by UNESCO as a world geopark over the next four years, which would add another world-class tourism and ancient-knowledge attraction to the country.