International Dinosaur Discoveries

Dinosaur Discoveries

What events in Russia have highlighted crime in dinosaur fossil collecting?

In 1996, the remains of five dinosaurs disappeared from the fossil repository of the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and are believed to have been stolen. They included a lower jaw and maxilla with teeth from the large carnivore Tarbosaurus efremovi; a skull of Breviceratops kozlowskii, a late Cretaceous herbivore; and two skulls of Protoceratops.

On the coast of bucolic Gippsland, Australia, the first evidence of dinosaurs on that continent was discovered. This discovery was of particular interest to scientists because at the time the dinosaurs were alive Australia was a frozen wilderness joined to Antarctica (iStock).

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