A duck-billed dinosaur has been found by scientists in a layer of soil whose fossils date back 72 million years, and this discovery has been recorded as a new species.
One of the amateur fossil collectors, Kismoto Shoo, found bones on Awaji Island in Hyogo province in 2004, public broadcaster NHK reported.
The team led by Prof. Kobayashi Yoshitsugu of Hokkaido University analyzed the fossilized bones in the soil layer dating back 72 million years to the “Late Cretaceous” period.
After years of analysis, it was determined that the fossilized bones belonged to a herbivorous dinosaur with a duck beak of the species “Hadrosauridae”.
The dinosaur discovery, which was calculated to be 8 meters long and weighed 4-6 tons, was recorded as “the first discovery of its kind.”
The dinosaur was scientifically named “Yamatosaurus izanagii”.
The name “Izanagii” was announced as a “god” mentioned in Japanese fairy tales linked to Awaji Island.
Detailed studies of the discovery process were published in the British journal Scientific Reports.
The fossilized bones will be displayed at a museum in Hyogo province in the middle of the month.