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Dinosaur tooth found in Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- For the first time ever, the remains of a dinosaur have been found in Denmark, the newspaper Berlingske Tidende reported on Wednesday.

A fossilised dinosaur tooth was discovered in a gravel pit in the town of Robbedal, on the Danish island of Bornholm.

It was unearthed by a group of unemployed people taking part in a government-sponsored excavation.

Niels Bonde from the Geological Institute at the University of Copenhagen said the tooth probably belonged to a carnivorous dinosaur that measured about four metres and lived between 120 and 130 million years ago.

The remains of sea-living swan lizards and prehistoric sharks have been found in Denmark before but this is the first evidence that dinosaurs once lived there.

The Danish university has been promised help from an American expert to determine the particular species the tooth belonged to.



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