The remains of what appears to be a dinosaur corpse is sparking speculation online, piquing numerous scientists’ interest after it was determined to still have pieces of flesh attached to it.
Viral images and videos show what looks like the dinosaurs we’ve all come to recognize from movies and documentaries, with a lengthy tail, two large hind legs, small arms, and a snout/beak.
Discovered in Jaspur, India, the creature was found by an electrician cleaning out an old subway station that hadn’t been active for 35 years.
The discovery is provoking many questions and, according to an interview with local media, Aaryan Kumar, who is pursuing a PhD in Paleontology, it would be impossible for the remains to be so well-preserved, saying:
“Non-avian dinosaurs have been extinct for the past 65 million years but it does resemble theropods, a suborder of dinosaurs which included bipedal carnivores.
“But a dinosaur skeleton could not have been found in such a well-preserved condition after millions of years without it being in a fossilized state.
“The only even slightly possible way is it was chemically preserved to store it in a museum. But if that was the case, how did it end up here?”
Indeed, the scientific community is approaching the specimen with skepticism, as countless hoaxes run amok online nowadays.
“It looks like a dinosaur, but we can’t say anything until all the tests are done,” said Dr. Parag Madhukar Dhakate of the Indian Forest Service.
There are three extinct dinosaurs in particular that most closely resemble the newly-found creature: the Deinonychus (pictured below), the Coelophysis and the Dromaeosaurus, though others also show close resemblence.
The fossil remains have been sent to a paleontologist at Kumaun University to be analyzed.
There are many animals alive today whose skeletal remains can appear similar to fossilized dinosaurs. Chickens and certain species of birds are among them, so it is possible the subway specimen can be explain in more practical terms.
Sources: The Daily Mail