Geologist says dinosaur fossils found in western India

January 23, 2016

A geologist said Saturday his team has discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils in the western Indian state of Gujarat that could be millions of years old.

The team, of 10 mainly German and Indian archaeologists and researchers, dug up the fossils during excavations in Gujarat's marshy coastal district of Kutch, Gaurav Chauhan said.

"We have found three portions of of (a) dinosaur," Chauhan, a geologist from Gujarat's Kutch University and a member of the , told AFP.

"We have been working on this site since (the) last 10 days or so," he said.

Chauhan said carbon-dating tests would need to be carried out to try to determine the age of the bones, while more examinations were needed to identify the type.

Gujarat, sometimes dubbed India's Jurassic Park, is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur remains.

In 2003, a National Geographic team discovered a new dinosaur species in Gujarat after examining fossils found scattered along the Narmada River.

The dinosaur was named "Rajasaurus Narmadensis" or the regal reptile from Narmada, which was a 30-foot-long, carnivorous and stocky animal, with an unusual head crest.

And a large dinosaur egg hatchery has been discovered in the town of Balasinor, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of the state's main city of Ahmedabad.

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3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 23, 2016
"Chauhan said carbon-dating tests would need to be carried out to try to determine the age of the bones,"

Or perhaps not : {WIKI} ...because the half-life of 14C (the period of time after which half of a given sample will have decayed) is about 5,730 years, the oldest dates that can be reliably measured by radiocarbon dating are around 50,000 years ago, although special preparation methods occasionally permit dating of older samples....

That's rather less than even one (1) million years, and this find is likely to be a hundred times older...
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 24, 2016
Love it: "discovered what it believes are dinosaur fossils ....that could be millions of years old"

Could be?
(By definition dinosaur fossils are millions of years old- the age of the dinosaurs ended 65 million years ago)
not rated yet Mar 02, 2016
Finding dinosaur fossils my age would be more exciting.

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