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Danish Dinosaur



The first dinosaur from Denmark (cited from http://www.palass.org/)

A Berriasian "Wealden-fauna" from Bornholm, Denmark

Niels Bonde
Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350
København K, Denmark

The large gravel pit at Robbedale, Bornholm, has yielded a "Wealden-fauna"
from the basal part of Jydegaard Formation (Upper Berriasian). Molluscs and
vertebrates occur together in sand and clay, with bivalves especially
concentrated in the basal clay-ironstone, the Neomiodon Bed, where
mass-mortality layers are covered by the eponymous genus. Fish remains also
occur in this clay and in the sand overlying it, which in addition contain
terrestrial vertebrates and thin clay-beds filled with the freshwater
gastropod, Viviparus. The vertebrates comprise hybodont sharks, Lepidotes,
amnioids, pycnodont dentitions and fragments of primitive teleosteans, as
well as turtles and crocodiles; significant are the unique discoveries of
lacertilians and a carnivorous dromaeosaurid, the first Danish dinosaur,
represented by one tooth collected in 2000.