Published : 2010-03-30 13:29
Updated : 2010-03-30 13:29
A fossilized footprint of a baby dinosaur was found in one of Korea`s southeastern provinces, which local scholars said Monday is of the smallest footprint of the species found so far, Yonhap said.
The theropoda dinosaur`s footprint, measuring 1.27cm long and 1.06cm wide, was found in 2007 by a resident in Changseon, South Gyeongsang Province, and later confirmed by two experts, the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage said in a press release.
The fossil, technically dubbed the “Minisauripusichnosp”and normally found in Korea and China, is about 29 percent smaller than the dinosaur footprint currently recognized as the smallest of its species by the Guinness Book of Records, the institute said.
“The fossil is believed to date back some 100 million years, belonging to a newborn dinosaur no bigger than 10cm," said Prof. Kim Gyeong-su of Chinju National University of Education, one of the two scholars who confirmed the fossil.