Dravidosaurus (Dravidanadu lizard)
P. Yadagiri & K. Ayyasami - 1979
Estimated 3 meters long
D. blanfordi (type)
Late Cretaceous, 70-68 million years ago
Dravidosaurus, meaning “Dravidanadu lizard,” is a genus of dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 70 to 68 million years ago, in what is now India.
Dravidosaurus is known from fragmentary fossils, including vertebrae and limb bones, and its exact classification is uncertain. Some researchers have suggested that it may be a type of hadrosaur, a group of herbivorous dinosaurs known for their duck-billed snouts, while others have proposed that it may be a type of iguanodontid, another group of herbivorous dinosaurs.
Based on its fossil remains, Dravidosaurus was likely a bipedal dinosaur with a long tail and relatively long hindlimbs. Its diet is unknown, but like other herbivorous dinosaurs, it may have fed on a variety of vegetation, such as ferns, cycads, and conifers.
Dravidosaurus is named after the Dravida region of southern India, where its fossils were discovered. It represents one of the few dinosaur species known from India, and its discovery has helped to shed light on the diversity and distribution of dinosaurs in this region during the Late Cretaceous period.