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Ask A Paleo! Where in the world are dinosaurs from?

By Robin Sissons

Dinosaur fossils are found everywhere in the world, from one pole to the other, on every continent, even on a the small Chatham Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. From Cryolophosaurus and Antarctopelta in the Antarctic, to Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus in the Arctic, and everything in between, dinosaurs are found at all lattitudes. The island of Madagascar brings us Majungasaurus and Masiakasaurus, while Australia boasts Rapator and Muttaburrasaurus. Scores of species are described from China, Mongolia and Japan, while Spinosaurus is commonly found in Egypt, and the first of any described dinosaurs, Iguanodon, Megalosaurus, and Hylaeosaurus, were found in Europe.

South America has the unique long-nosed dromaeosaur group, the unenlagiines, including Austroraptor, while North America has been a treasure trove of dinosaur palaeontology for over a century, with such famous names as Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops.

This is just a taste of the extraordinary diversity of dinosaur species that have been found worldwide in these locations and more. Where can you find a dinosaur? Just look in your own back yard!


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