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September 15, 2023

Artist's rendition of juvenile dinosaur Iani smithi

An artist's rendition of a juvenile lani smithi. The dinosaur, named after the two-faced Roman god of change Janus, lived approximately 99 million years ago and was an early ornithopod, a group of plant-eating dinosaurs that ultimately gave rise to the more commonly known duckbills such as Parasaurolophus and Edmontosaurus.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant EAR 1925973.]

Learn more in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences news story New Dino, ‘Iani,’ Was Face of a Changing Planet. (Date of image: 2023; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 15, 2023)

Credit: Jorge Gonzalez (Available under Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC )

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