Tuesday, 22nd July 2008
In General Japan News,
'Largest dinosaur tooth' may have been found in Japan
An amateur fossil hunter from Kanazawa may have uncovered Japan's largest dinosaur tooth.
The fossil was found last month by Satoshi Utsunomiya, 38, in the lower cretaceous strata of earth in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture.
An expert told the Daily Yomiuri Online that the Hakusan tooth is the "largest specimen found in perfect condition in this country".
It is believed that the fossil belonged to a therapod, a carnivorous group of dinosaurs which included the Tyrannosaurus Rex that existed 130 million years ago.
The tooth has been authenticated by Nobuomi Matsuura, a former director of the Hakusan Dinosaurs Park Shiramine and Masahiro Tanimoto, a special member of the Palaeontological Society of Japan.
Previously, the largest tooth found in Japan was unearthed in 1979.
Tourists in Japan may want to pay a visit to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum which exhibits geological and paleontological specimens, in addition to a large number of dinosaur fossils.