Dinosaur dreams do come true

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The book's editor Lesley Kool is a fossil preparator from Monash University and a dinosaur dig veteran of 25 years. She told ABC Gippsland's Mornings Program the Bass Coast from Inverloch to San Remo has revealed dinosaur fossils for the past century.

"The first Australian dinosaur bone was found at Eagles Nest (near Inverloch) in 1903, so the Bass Coast has a huge significance in Australian palaeontology," Ms Kool said.

"The rocks exposed along the Bass Coast are the right age for dinosaurs. The rocks have been dated around 120 million years old and that is right in the middle of the time of the dinosaurs."

One of the most significant discoveries was made last February when geologist Mike Cleeland detected bones believed to belong to a small plant-eating dinosaur.

It has since been revealed the skeleton is intact, a first for the Bass Coast dig sites.

"The last 25 years we've been finding hundreds and thousands of bones but they've all been isolated, single teeth, single bones," Ms Kool said.

"This is the first evidence of an articulated dinosaur from Bass Coast so it is hugely significant."

Ms Kool said dig teams will be along the coast again this summer. In the meantime, we'll be able to read about their exploits in Dinosaur Dreaming.

Source from :http://www.abc.net.au

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