Siamosaurus is a genus of spinosaurid dinosaur from what is now Thailand
in the Early Cretaceous period. The first reported spinosaurid from
Asia, it is confidently known only from tooth fossils (example
pictured). The type species, Siamosaurus suteethorni (named for Thai
palaeontologist Varavudh Suteethorn), was formally described in 1986. In
2009, four teeth from China previously attributed to a pliosaur were
provisionally identified as possibly those of Siamosaurus. Siamosaurus's
body length is uncertain, but has been estimated at 5.1 to 9.1 metres
(17 to 30 feet). The teeth, typically 62.5 millimetres (2.46 inches)
long, were conical and had longitudinal grooves and wrinkled enamel. It
would have had a long, low snout and robust forelimbs, and possibly a
sail down its back. Its teeth are similar to those of other
spinosaurids, and it may not be a dinosaur at all. Its teeth were
suitable for impaling rather than tearing, and it may have eaten fish,
pterosaurs and small dinosaurs. It lived in a semi-arid habitat of
floodplains and rivers.
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Common Sense, a pamphlet by Thomas Paine denouncing British
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The first great gusher of the Texas oil boom was discovered in
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The first session of the United Nations General Assembly
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from 51 member states.
India and Pakistan signed the Tashkent Declaration to end the
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