The first record of a dinosaur from Bulgaria

Mateus, O., Dyke, Gareth J., Motchurova-Dekova, N., Kamenov, G. D. and Ivanov, P. (2010) The first record of a dinosaur from Bulgaria. Lethaia, 43, (1), 88-94. (doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2009.00174.x).


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A portion of a left humerus from the Upper Maastrichtian of Vratsa district (NW Bulgaria) is shown to be from a non-avian theropod dinosaur: this is the first record of a dinosaur from Bulgaria. We describe this bone, suggest that it most likely pertains to an ornithomimosaur, and discuss the fossil record of other similar taxa of Late Cretaceous age that have been reported from Europe. To investigate the taphonomy of this fossil, rare earth element (REE) analysis is combined with strontium (Sr) isotope data to confirm that this Bulgarian dinosaur bone was initially fossilized in a terrestrial environment, then later re-worked into late Maastrichtian marine sediments.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2009.00174.x
ISSNs: 0024-1164 (print)
1502-3931 (electronic)
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems
ePrint ID: 205163
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Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 11:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:47

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