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German dinosaur graveyard found
From: Ben Creisler email@example.com
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Huge dinosaur graveyard unearthed
Wed 7 July, 2004 16:42
BERLIN (Reuters) - German scientists have unearthed the
biggest collection of dinosaur fossils ever found in the
country, including bones that could belong to previously
unknown species, researchers said on Wednesday.
"This is the largest discovery of its kind in Germany --
you could call it a dinosaur graveyard," said Klaus-Peter
Lanser of the Museum of Natural History in Muenster,
western Germany, which put the fossils on show this week.
Scientists think the 130 million year-old fragments of
bones and teeth come from six different species that could
be related to the predatory carnivores Velociraptor and
Deinonychus, as well as from prehistoric crocodiles and
"Dinosaur remains have been found before in Germany but
this find is unique because of the variety of dinosaur
species to have left traces in the same place," said
Franck Tafertshufer, a local authority spokesman in the
state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which backed the dig.
Staff at the Muenster museum found the fossils during a
two-year excavation of a five-metre (16-ft) deep trench,
which Lanser believes was a prehistoric watering hole.