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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2010
Organisations: Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems


Local EPrints ID: 205163
ISSN: 0024-1164
PURE UUID: 5ca33e63-090b-4bda-9fc8-c31180a2e3b6

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Date deposited: 06 Dec 2011 11:39
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:05

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Author: O. Mateus
Author: Gareth J. Dyke
Author: N. Motchurova-Dekova
Author: G. D. Kamenov
Author: P. Ivanov

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