Drilling Core Produces the World's Deepest Dinosaur Finding
The somewhat rough uncovering of Norway's first dinosaur happened in the North Sea, at an entire 7,401 feet below the seabed. It had been there for nearly 200 million years, ever since the time the North Sea wasn't a sea at all, but an enormous alluvial plane.
It is merely a coincidence that the remains of the old dinosaur now see the light of day again, or more precisely, parts of the dinosaur. The fossil is, in fact, just a crushed knucklebone in a drilling core extracted from an exploration well at the Snorre offshore field.
Norway's first dinosaur fossil is a Plateosaurus, a species that could be up to 29 feet long and weigh up to 4 tons. It lived in Europe and on Greenland 210 million to 195 million years ago, at the end of the Triassic Period.
The Plateosaurus at the Snorre offshore field had a hollow grave. The fossil, which was found 7,401 feet below the seabed, represents the world's deepest dinosaur finding.