Friday, August 14, 2009

Masiakasaurus knopfleri

Masiakasaurus
Masiakasaurus by paleoartist @ flickr

Masiakasaurus knopfleri is another unique dinosaur from Africa. Its most bizarre feature is the way its teeth jutted forward from its jaws. The image above reflects the theory that, like recently featured Baryonyx, Masiakasaurus dined on fish. The first specimen, dated to be about 70 million years old, was found in Madagascar; at that time Madagascar occupied pretty much the same position on the globe as today. The island had been separated from Africa for a hundred million years or so, and was recently separated from the indian subcontinent.

Oh yeah, the "knopfleri" is indeed a tribute to Mark Knopfler, dextrously-fingered frontman of legendary rock group Dire Straits.

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