Norway's First Dinosaur Sets Depth Record


By Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor
posted: 24 April 2006 02:41 pm ET

To claim the country's first dinosaur discovery, Norwegians had to dig more than a mile down.

An oil drilling operation uncovered the knucklebone of a Plateosaurus ( Well, actually, the knucklebone is now crushed. And it's not actually in Norway proper, but below the North Sea.

Whatever the case, it's a neat piece of record-setting, accidental paleontology.

The fossil is the deepest dinosaur remain ever found. The knucklebone was found in a hollow grave within sediment 1.4 miles (2,256 meters) below the seabed. The area was once dry plains with rivers running through them.

Researchers said it's quite possible there are many more fossils down there.

Plateosaurus ranged up to 30 feet (9 meters long) and weighed up to 4 tons. It lived in Europe and on Greenland 210 to 195 million years ago, at the end of the Triassic Period (

The finding was announced today by the Research Council of Norway. The work was led by Jorn Hurum, said to be Norway's only dinosaur researcher.