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. FromCryolophosaurusandAntarctopeltain the Antarctic, toPachyrhinosaurusandNanuqsaurusin the Arctic, and everything in between, dinosaurs are found at all lattitudes. The island of Madagascar brings usMajungasaurusandMasiakasaurus, while Australia boastsRapatorandMuttaburrasaurus. Scores of species are described from China, Mongolia and Japan, whileSpinosaurusis commonly found in Egypt, and the first of any described dinosaurs,Iguanodon,Megalosaurus, andHylaeosaurus, were found in Europe.
South America has the unique long-nosed dromaeosaur group, the unenlagiines, includingAustroraptor, while North America has been a treasure trove of dinosaur palaeontology for over a century, with such famous names asTyrannosaurusandTriceratops.
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!