Deep dinosaur discovery reported

April 24, 2006 at 5:04 PM
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OSLO, Norway, April 24 (UPI) -- Norway has found its first dinosaur skeleton -- or at least part of one -- about 7,500 feet below the surface of the North Sea.

Scientists estimate the dinosaur had been submerged in the sea bed for nearly 200 million years, ever since the time the North Sea wasn't a sea at all, but an enormous alluvial plain.

It was a coincidence that the remains of the dinosaur were found, or precisely, part of the dinosaur. The fossil is just a crushed knucklebone found in a drilling core taken from an offshore oil exploration well.

Norway's first dinosaur fossil is a Plateosaurus, a species that could grow up to 30 feet in length and weigh as much as four tons. It lived in Europe and on Greenland between 195 million and 210 million years ago, at the end of the Triassic Period.

The Plateosaurus fossil represents the world's deepest dinosaur discovery.

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