November 02, 2010 10:10
A dinosaur has been named after Korea for the first time in paleontology.
After seven years of research and restoration efforts, the Korea Dinosaur Research Center at Chonnam National University on Monday unveiled an indigenous dinosaur that lived on the Korean peninsula during the Late Cretaceous period. Koreanosaurus Boseongensis is a Hypsilophodontid, or small ornithopod.
A team of researchers at university discovered the fossil remains in the Boseong region in May 2003.
A model of the dinosaur measures 2.4 m in length. Using three-dimensional technology, the center was able to recreate not only the bone structure, but also the teeth, eyes and even skin fragments. It published its findings in the German journal Neues Jahrbuch fuer Geologie und Palontologie.
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