The dinosaur hunted such prey at what is now Jiangxi Province, China. Its remains, dating to 66-100 million years ago, were unearthed there near the Ganzhou Railway Station. The individual was at least eight years old when it died, the scientists suspect, but it was just a young adult that had not fully grown.
Lu and his team now believe that Ganzhou “was home to the world’s greatest known dinosaur diversity.”
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Numerous other dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes have been discovered at this location over the years. Banji long, for example, once lived there and was a small and scrappy carnivore with a parrot-like face. It and many other dinosaurs once flourished where high-speed trains now zip through Ganzhou.
The past could also meet the present in terms of Corythoraptor’s lineage. The researchers cannot confirm that the dinosaur was directly related to today’s cassowaries, but the similarities between these birds and the dinosaur are numerous: head casques, long necks, chubby feathered bodies, muscular legs, an appetite for meat and more.
Cassowaries are found in Queensland, Australia, though, which is some 4,641 miles away from Corythoraptor’s southern China homeland. Additional fossil finds could help to determine if the dinosaur was a direct ancestor of cassowaries, or if the similarities in appearance emerged due to independent evolution.
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