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AUSTRALIA: Mesozoic Missing Link Found on Phillip Island

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Palaeontology | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: Mesozoic Missing Link Found on Phillip Island

Mesozoic Missing Link Found on Phillip Island - Image via Victoria MuseumAustralian Scientists say the discovery of a new dinosaur species in South Gippsland sheds new light on Australia’s – Late Jurassic to Late Cretaceous – prehistoric period. A fossil found at San Remo, at Phillip Island, has been confirmed as belonging to a ceratosaur which has not been previously found in Australia

The fossil – an ankle bone found in 2006 – is the first evidence that this group of dinosaur roamed Australia, scientists preciously believed these carnivorous dinosaurs were limited to Western Gondwana, current day South America, Africa, Madagascar, India and Europe. The fossil find – outlined in the journal Naturwissenschaften this week – shows that Eastern Gondwana was rife with dinosaur diverstiy during a period in our prehistoric history previously thought to be dull :: Read the full article »»»»