A groundbreaking discovery in Dallas-Fort Worth reveals Ampelognathus coheni, a new dinosaur species from 96 million years ago, noteworthy for being a rare herbivore find in North Texas, according to an Earth.com article which says,
“An extraordinary discovery has been made in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, as experts have identified a new dinosaur species that lived approximately 96 million years ago. The species, named Ampelognathus coheni, is particularly significant because herbivorous dinosaur fossils are seldom found in North Texas.
According to the researchers, Ampelognathus coheni is the first small-bodied ornithopod dinosaur discovered from the Lewisville Formation.”
In 2020, a jawbone fossil found near Lake Grapevine initially puzzled scientists, who thought it belonged to a small crocodile. However, closer examination revealed a new dinosaur species, according to a Physorg article. They say,
“In 2020, a small fossil of a jawbone was discovered at a rock formation near Lake Grapevine, outside Dallas, where paleontologists with the museum have been collecting fossils for years. Initially, scientists thought the two-inch-long jaw fossil belonged to a small crocodile, but they soon discovered they were wrong.
“It wasn’t until we got it back to the lab and got under a microscope and cleaned it up using little pins and needles,” said Ron Tykoski, vice president of science at the Perot, “that we realized it was not like a little crocodile, but instead it was a new little kind of dinosaur.””
The confirmation of this little dinosaur’s presence in North Texas underscores its historical connection to the region, hinting at the possibility of further discoveries in the years to come.