Dinosaurs of Narmada Valley

River Narmada is the major river of centaral India originating from Maikal ranges of Satpura hills, near Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh. It passes throgh Madhya pradesh, Maharastra and Gujrat before joining the sea in gulf of Cambay. This area was once the part of Gondwana plate and stores several fossil records starting from Pre-Cambarian period to Pleistocene period of Cenozoic era. Several dinosaurian fossils have been discoverd by various workers from Lameta formations of Cretaceous and upper cretaceous periods in Narmada valley.

The first Dinosaur fossil was discovered by R. Lydeckkar in 1877 near Jabalpur. This was named as Titanosaur meaing ‘ Gaint lizard. ‘ Later it was renamed as Isiosaur. some othe rincomplete fossils like lametosaur and other fossils were discovered along river Narmada. Until 1982-84 when Dr. Shrivastava from Geological survey of India and his team discovered a major fossil of Dinosaur belonging to cornivorous group of Sauropods. This was discovered from lamta formations in Raiholi village of Gujrat. It was Later named by the team of Scientists from America as Rajausaurus narmanednsis.

This was the prince of dinosaurs as it bore a horn on its fore head. Several nestling sites of dinosaurs have also been discovered from various places like Dhar, Jabalpur, and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh. Recently a team of Professors and research scholars (Dr. Ravi Upadhyay, Dr. K. W. Shah, Mrs Sharad Trivedi Upadhyay, Mukesh Dwivedi and Wasim Khan) from Government Narmada college, Hoshangabad discovered several fossils of Dinosaurs and eggs from Siddhaghat near Patai village of Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. One of the fossil was found to be of 43 feet. Several fossilized bonees of 8 to 10 feet and eggs have been discivered from this site. Impressiond of feathers and wings of 5-8 feet were also observed from the site supporting the evidences of Flying dinosaurs.

Most of the fossils were found to be belonging from Cretaceous to upper cretaceous period. Some palnt fossils were also discovered from this region. a new site of dinosaur is also identified by the author at Hoshangabad. The fossilized bones are of medium sized Dinosaur. The Valley is rich in Fossils so there are possibilities of finding more fossils of Dinosaurs fossils from this valley. A report has been submitted for conservation and further research on Dinosaurs to the Government.