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First brachiosaur tooth found in Asia

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4:48pm, March 8, 2001

A brachiosaur tooth found in South Korean sediments represents the first evidence that this huge, plant-eating dinosaur once roamed Asia, say the researchers who dug up the tooth.

Brachiosaur teeth are easy to recognize, explains Jong-Deock Lim, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. When the top and bottom teeth wore against each other, the crowns developed chisel-shaped surfaces that were self-sharpening. Many large, herbivorous dinosaurs instead had rounded, spoon-shaped teeth, Lim says.

The 3-centimeter-long brachiosaur tooth was found near Jingu, South Korea, along a dinosaur trackway. The tracks had been imprinted in sediments laid down along the shore of a freshwater lake between 110 and 125 million years ago. Lim and his colleagues describe their discovery, which has been posted online, in an upcoming issue of Naturwissenschaften.

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