Dinosaurs island-hopped from Asia to Europe

Published on May 27th, 2010 | by Admin


Horned dinosaurs which were previously considered to be native only to Asia and North America may have “island-hopped” to Europe as well.

It’s particularly important if we want to understand what dinosaurs in Europe were like at that time. It shows that horned dinosaurs were definitely present here,” said the scientist.

The researcher explained that Europe in the Late Cretaceous was not a single landmass, but a group of islands known as Tethyan archipelago.

This was thought to mean that European dinosaurs were unique. But the new discovery might challenge that perception.

“The findings suggest that perhaps these animals were able to move between the two areas, meaning that European horned dinosaurs weren’t so completely isolated,” said Dr Butler.

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