Kakuru

Kakuru falls under the category of theropod dinosaurs which lived in the beginning of Cretaceous Period.

These dinosaurs fossils belong to a primitive single fossilized tibia classification these dinosaurs skeletons are fossilized in an unusual process, this method the bones become opal as a result of hydration, the dinosaurs fossils was recovered from the opal fields of Andamooka a place from South Australia.

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These dinosaurs fossils belong to a primitive single fossilized tibia classification these dinosaurs skeletons are fossilized in an unusual process, this method the bones become opal as a result of hydration, the dinosaurs fossils was recovered from the opal fields of Andamooka a place from South Australia.

The tibia which was opalized was kept for sale in a gem shop in the year of 1973 and was bought in the light of a paleontologist Neville Pledge, The holder of the opalized tibia gave permission to take pictures and also in the preparation of two casts but after some time this specimen was bought by a random buyer at one auction, it was thought that it was misplaced by science and no more research was possible but later in the year of 2004 the dinosaurs fossils were got back for a price of $22,000 by the South Australian Museum.

The dinosaur was recently named through Pledge and Ralph Molnar in the year of 1980, another similar type of species was known to be Kakuru kujani, the Kakuru’s generic name was obtained from the Rainbow Serpent of Australian Aboriginal mythology and its generic name was obtained by the local aboriginal tribe known to be the Kujani or also Guyani.

From the casts a single type of cast is known to be plastoholotype named SAM P17926, this specimen was recovered from the Marree Formation which lived in the Aptian period, other than that of the tibia there were also few tiny fibula fragments which were obtained, another foot part of a dinosaur was obtained believed to fall under the same category named as SAM P18010 but not yet confirmed and is still in doubt, the tibia which is obtained was shattered into ten big pieces whose length measured approximately 33 centimeters, they are very soft in texture and found to be similar to the astragalus’s ascending process, the process looks elongated and also broad.

Kakuru facts:
Name: Kakuru (after the Rainbow serpent).
Named By:

Molnar & Pledge - 1980.

Time period:

Early Cretaceous.

Fossil representation: Single tibia (lower leg bone).