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Have Dinosaurs Been Found in the New Siberian Islands (Russia)?
Late Cretaceous alluvial sandstones, siltstones, mudstones, clay,
and brown coal outcrop along sea cliffs and within the uplands of
the Derevyannye Hills along the southern coast of New Siberia
Island (Novaya Sibir Ostrova) of the New Siberian Islands, Russia.
These strata contain abundant coalified upright tree trunks and logs
along with leaf prints and other plant debris. The coalified upright
trunks and logs are so abundant that early explorers and paleobontanists
referred to the Derevyannye Hills as either the "Wood Mountains",
"Wood Hills", or "Tree Mountain".
Does anyone know if any dinosaur fossils have been found in these
References to the Geology of New Siberia Island
Dorofeev, V.K., M.G. Blagoveshchensky, A.N. Smirnov, and V.I.
Ushakov, 1999, New Siberian Island. Geological structure and
metallgeny. VNIIOkeangeologia, St. Petersburg, Russia. 130 pp.
Kropotkin, P., 1900, Hurst and BlackettReview: Baron Toll on New
Siberia and the Circumpolar Tertiary Flora. The Geographical
Journal. vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 95-98.
Klubov, B.A., A.A. Korshunov, and I.G. Badera, 1976, New data on
coal measures of Novaya Sibir' Island, New Siberian. Transactions
Doklady of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences: Earth Science Sections.
vol. 231, no. 1-6, pp. 58-60.
Paul V. Heinrich
Baton Rouge, Louisiana