Thursday, March 27, 2008

Raptor Footprint found in Korea

SEOUL - A two-toed footprint has been found that proves dromaeosaurs (or raptors) lived in Korea.

It is reported here that the unique footprint was found in 100 - 110 million year old strata at a site in Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do (South central Korea).

The fossil is unique as it is only the fourth raptor footprint fossil found worldwide, along with ones from USA and China.

Palaeontologists think the footprint belongs to a raptor because only the impression shows only two of its three walking toes. The third inner toe carried the infamous "killer claw" and was held off the ground (presumably to keep the claw sharp).

I have also discovered that there are many sites of fossil footprints and egg shells and nests in southern Korea. Check back for further updates on these finds.

So it seems that dinosaurs have followed me to Korea!

Startled by a huge Dromaeosaurus while working at the Badlands Science Camp at the Royal Tyrrell Museum


Traumador said...

Raptors were in Korea... You'd better be careful for Raptors STILL alive there!

Peter Bond said...

Thanks Traumador! I'll keep my eyes open and my wits about me. I'll let you know if I find any live Raptors...

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Dan Corbett said...

Say someone found a raptor footprint. Where would they report it? I found one in 1995. Can send a picture if you are interested