Recently, a group of paleontologists uncovered a strange kind of dinosaur with long neck. Researchers observed that the newly discovered dinosaur is nearly 50 feet long. The distance between its neck and shoulder is approximately 6 to 9 feet.
Scientists believe that the newly discovered dinosaur belongs to the Jurassic era of dinosaurs. Hence, it is expected to be nearly 160 million years old
Local farmers of Qijiang were the first one to unearth the skeleton of long dinosaur. They came across the fossilized bones of the dinosaur during a construction. Therefore, scientists named it as Qijianglong guokr which means “dragon of Quijiang”.
Tstsuto Muyashita, a doctoral member of the University of Alberta talked about the discovery. He states that this kind of long neck is extremely useful for feeding purposes. It allows dinosaurs to get their food without any additional movement. However, the only major issue for them is balancing. The Qijianglang effortlessly dealt with this problem with the help of its light weight neck. There is a special kind of air-filled space inside the neck which prevents the thickness of bones.
Additionally, Miyashita informs that this form of air- filled space is also found in birds. It keeps control on the weight of the neck skeleton.
The discovery is printed in detail in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.