Korea's own dinosaur - Koreanosaurus

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The Korea Dinosaur Research Center succeeded in recovering the figure of the dinosaur, which lived only in Korea.

This dinosaur was named as Koreanosaurus Boseongensis which lived 99.6 million to 65.5 million years ago on the southern coast of Korea during the Late Cretaceous Period.

This dinosaur is classified as a hypsilophodont, weighing 100 kilograms with about 1 meter (3.28 feet) tall and 2.5 meters long. Despite the sharp shape of its head and piercing eyes, the dinosaur seemed to be of the mild-mannered herbivorous kind. It seems to have dug into the earth to hide itself from predators.

Since a research team at the center found the fossil remains in May 2003 in Boseong, South Jeolla, the team had struggled with determining the dinosaur’s exact shape. With few dinosaur experts in Korea and with the rock containing the fossil being very hard, it took five years to differentiate the dinosaur from other fossils at the site.

Since the team began studying the dinosaur, it has focused on proving that the dinosaur is the first one to have lived only in Korea and naming it after a Korean region.

In the paper, the team introduced the dinosaur as “Koreanosaurus Boseongensis”.

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