A new dinosaur was accidentally found in a quarry "Beram" near Pazin in Istria, Croatia, after the rock has been blasted with explosives. While the Lover Cretaceous dinosaur undersea "graveyard" near Bale, consists of more or less scattered bones of various species ranging from theropods to brachiosaurid, this specimen seems to be the complete, articulated skeleton (skull included) with only the tip of the tail chipped off. It is estimated to be about 10 meters long (it is still imbedded in one piece in the rock wall) and about 75 million years old. So it is about the same age as the hadrosaur found last year (?) near Trieste (Italy) which is in the same region (just about 60 km away). However, no expert has seen the new Istrian specimen, yet, so to which family does this dinosaur belong is still unknown.
This find also raises the question again of the possible existence of land bridge between Africa and southern Europe.
Small photographs of the fossil site and the fossil as well as the newspaper text (3/23/1999) in Croatian can be seen at:
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Berislav Krzic (Kržič)
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