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Lambeosaur found in Japan
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Duck-billed dinosaur fossil found
>From correspondents in Tokyo, Japan
August 4, 2004
A MAN hiking in the woods of southwestern Japan has
discovered one of the country's richest fossil bounties -
six bones believed to be from a single dinosaur that
became extinct some 70 million years ago, a researcher
The fragments of teeth and bone are thought be from a
Lambeosaurus, a type of Hadrosaur - a so-called duck-
billed dinosaur, said Haruo Saegusa, a researcher at the
Museum of Nature and Human Activities in Sumoto.
They were found near Sumoto city on Awaji, a small island
off the coast of the western city of Kobe, about 435
kilometres west of Tokyo, he said.
"It's unusual to find so many fossils from what appears to
have been a single animal. Normally, we'll only find one
or two, maybe," Mr Saegusa said.
Japan's biggest finds of dinosaur fossils mainly have
turned up in central Gifu prefecture, northern Fukui and
Hokkaido prefectures or Kumamoto prefecture, on the
southernmost main island of Kyushu.
A 55-year-old construction worker and amateur
paleontologist came upon the beak bone, teeth, vertebrae
and tail vertebrae of the dinosaur while he was hiking in
the woods in May, Mr Saegusa said. The man consulted a
friend, who contacted researchers at the museum, where
tests were run to confirm the authenticity, he said.
Among the largest of the fossils is a jaw bone measuring
53 centimetres long and 19 centimetres wide, Saegusa said.
The other fossils are between 7 centimetres and 23
More than 10 metres long and weighing around 3.9 tons,
hadrosaurs lived about 78 million years ago and survived
by eating plants and avoiding carnivores.
They may have lived from Alaska to Australia and
The Associated Press