(ORDO NEWS) — Paleontologists at the Tokushima Prefectural Museum of Japan and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum have discovered the oldest fossil bones ever found in the country. This was reported by the agency Kyodo.
The find is the remains of the ancient herbivorous dinosaur Iguanodon. The bones are estimated to be 130 million years old, making them the oldest such find in the country.
“The discovery made in Tokushima shows that in the early Cretaceous period (140-100 million years ago), this species spread widely to all parts of East Asia,” Masateru Shibata, a leading researcher at the dinosaur museum, was quoted as saying by the agency.
The bones found are fragments of a tail several centimeters long, and dinosaur teeth were also found. Presumably, the size of the iguanodon was 6-7 meters.
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