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New dinosaur found in northern Alaska

Published 22/09/2015 | 15:00

A handful of dinosaur bones are seen after they were discovered at the Liscomb Bonebed on the Colville River, near Nuiqsut, Alaska (Pat Druckenmiller/UA Museum of the North via AP)
A handful of dinosaur bones are seen after they were discovered at the Liscomb Bonebed on the Colville River, near Nuiqsut, Alaska (Pat Druckenmiller/UA Museum of the North via AP)
Researchers say fossils found in northern Alaska came from a new species of dinosaur.

Researchers say fossils found in northern Alaska came from a new species of dinosaur.

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Pat Druckenmiller of the University of Alaska Museum says the dinosaur is a new species of hadrosaur, a duck-billed vegetarian.

It's the fourth distinct species to be named from Alaska's North Slope, the area from the north side of the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean.

Druckenmiller says it grew up to 30 feet long and had hundreds of teeth.

Most of the fossils of the species were found in a bed along the Colville River.

Mr Druckenmiller and other researchers published their findings Tuesday in an international paleontology journal.

They say the fossils were found in rock deposited 69 million years ago.

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