When Dinosaurs Ruled the Indian Subcontinent

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Skull of carnivorous Rajasaurus narmadensis reconstructed from the fossil remains collected from Lameta formation, Gujarat, Western India and displayed at the Indian Museum, Kolkata.

Abstract: Dinosaur remains from the Mesozoic Era have been found in various states of India. Reptilian fossils were first discovered in Central India by Captain William Sleeman of the Bengal Army in 1828. Post-Independence explorations revealed fossils of Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous period. Such fossiliferous finds are valuable and rare and areas where they are found need to be conserved as India’s geoheritage sites.

The author is a Professor of the Geological Studies Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. saswai@isical.ac.in. The article should be cited as Bandyopadhyay S., 2019. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Indian Subcontinent, Geography and You, 19(25 & 26): 50-59