Bajadasaurus is a genus of sauropod dinosaur of northern Patagonia,
Argentina, from around 145 to 133 million years ago during the Early
Cretaceous epoch. It was first described in 2019 based on a single
specimen (elements pictured) found in 2010 that includes a largely
complete skull and parts of the neck. The only species is Bajadasaurus
pronuspinax. The genus is a member of Dicraeosauridae, a group of
relatively small and short-necked sauropods. Bajadasaurus sported
bifurcated (two-pronged), extremely elongated neural spines extending
from the neck; the 2019 description of Bajadasaurus suggested that they
could have served as passive defense against predators. The skull was
slender and equipped with around 48 teeth that were pencil-shaped and
restricted to the front of the jaws. Its eye openings were exposed in
top view, possibly allowing the animal to look forwards while feeding.
It shared its environment with other dinosaurs including the sauropod
Leinkupal and different theropods.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajadasaurus>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the Kinetoscope, a
precursor to the modern movie projector.
Russia and the United Kingdom signed the Anglo-Russian
Convention, defining their respective spheres of interest in Persia,
Afghanistan, and Tibet.
World War II: A detachment of Chetniks captured the town of
Loznica in German-occupied Serbia.
North Korea claimed to have successfully launched its first
satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, although no objects were ever tracked in
orbit from the launch.
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I'm here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from
Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American
citizens, third country nationals and vulnerable Afghans. The last C-17
lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30th, this
afternoon, at 3:29 p.m. east coast time, and the last manned aircraft is
now clearing the space above Afghanistan. … Tonight's withdrawal
signifies both the end of the military component of the evacuation, but
also the end of the nearly 20-year mission that began in Afghanistan
shortly after September 11th 2001.
--Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.
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