Dinosaur from Laos

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Dinosaur from Laos

The first dinosaur record reported from South East Asia were apparently bone fragments found by the French geologist Josue-Heilmann Hoffet. walking dinosaur costume In 1936, Hoffet announced a discovery of dinosaur bones in Muong Phalane, Southern Laos. Hoffet thought the bones were of Late Cretacous age. The bones from Muong Phalan belonged to an ornithopod, described by Hoffet as Mandschurosaurus laosensis . A nearly complete femur, a single tube-shaped tooth, poorly preserved proximal end of humerus, and a fragment of scapula were found by Hoffet to fall into morphological characters of titanosaurid sauropod. In 1943, J. Hoffet was killed during Japanese invasion to South East Asia in the Second World War.

 

In 1990s, French paleontologist Philippe Taquet from the Natural Museum of Natural History in Paris explored Savannakhet Province in Laos and found the Hoffet s site in Muong Phalan. His team unearthed fossil bones of iguanodontids and sauropods. This poorly known dinosaur assemblage from Lao seems to belong to the fossil fauna of the Khok Kruat Formation of Thailand. Based on the new findings in Muong Phalan, the Taquet s team named a new species of sauropod dinosaur in honor of Dr. Hoffet, Tangvayosaurus hoffeti.