New dinosaur found in Alaska

New dinosaur found in Alaska

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

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.

A handful of dinosaur bones are seen after they were discovered at the Liscomb Bonebed on the Colville River near Nuiqsut, Alaska. Pic: AP

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.

New dinosaur found in AlaskaResearcher Greg Erickson works in a spot of the Liscomb Bed dig site near Nuiqsut, Alaska. Pic: AP

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

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