A new species of dinosaur has been discovered in China and it is changing some scientific views previously believed. The 174 million year old fossil was named Lingwulong shenqi after the region, China’s Lingwu region, it was found in. Lingwulong shenqi translates to “Lingwu amazing dragon.”
This dinosaur, reaching 55 feet long, is a member of the neosauropods who are long-necked herbivores. Other dinosaurs in this classification include brontosaurus and diplodocus. The interesting thing about this discovery is that the fossils are 15 million years older than any similar dinosaur we have found. Being the oldest, it is also the first from this group to be found in Asia.
The subgroup that Lingwulong belongs to was thought to have evolved after Pangea had split, which would explain its absence from East Asia. However, with this discovery, scientists are forced to reconsider the timeline at which these dinosaurs evolved and how they were distributed throughout the continents.
You can learn more about this discovery at National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-sauropods-dinosaurs-ingentia-lingwulong-paleontology/