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133 Million Year Old Dinosaur Rib Bone Found in Kumamoto

A dinosaur rib bone of the early Cretaceous (believed to be active around 133 million years ago) was found on a mountain in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto. According to the Mifune Dinosaur Museum, the fossil is considered to be one of the oldest kind in Japan. After being found in 2014 by Koji Murakami, a former teacher in Koshi City, the bone had been studied by researchers of the museum. The 8-centimeter long object is supposed to be part of a rib bone of a dinosaur as large as 8~10 meters. Dinosaur fossils from the similar time have been found in other areas in Japan and the new finding will further disclose the climate and geography of the time in Japan. The bone will be displayed at the museum from Jan. 29. Source: Asahi Shimbun, 1/29/2019

Photo: Mifune Dinosaur Museum

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Kumamoto Prefecture
Published: Jan 31, 2019 / Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019