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New dinosaur fossils

It has been know for a long time that Spitsbergen is an Eldorado for palaentologists, including those specialized in dinosauria. The discovery of a Pliosaur at Janusfjellet, north of Longyearbyen, in 2007 has raised worldwide attention not only amongst specialists. In 2009, three skeletons of Ichthyosauria (marine carnivorous dinosaurs) were found and to be retrieved this year, when the scientists made another spectacular discovery: a Plesiosaur with a three meter long neck. Now, the researches want to use their findings to reconstruct the course of evolution in the polar sea of the Cretaceous.

Source: Svalbardposten

last modification: 2014-07-01 · copyright: compilation: Elke Lindner