India’s history is much more diverse than one can imagine. The first ever dinosaur fossil was discovered in India in 1828, which was then sent to museums in Kolkata and London. But did you know that a dinosaur was also named after Rabindranath Tagore?
Parveen Kaswan, Indian Forest Service (IFS), shared the fact on Twitter, and also mentioned details in his post. “Do you know #Rabindranath Tagore has a dinosaur named after him? Barapasaurus #tagorei was a 18 metre long & 7 tonned #dinosaur which walked through #India once. It was the first complete mounted dinosaur skeleton discovered in 1960s in Adilabad district of #India,” Kaswan said in his post.
Barapasaurus or big-legged lizard is derived from bara’ or big while pa’ refers to leg. Saurus is a Greek word that translates to lizard. Tagorei’ in Barapasaurus Tagorei is in honour of the celebrated poet-author.
Parveen Kaswan’s post has garnered several likes after being shared online with netizens thanking him for sharing the fact. Some other users also posted information about dinosaurs in the comments section.