In March this year, Michal Moucka, a doctor from the town of Kutna Hora took his sons to a nearby quarry to look for fossils of small ancient sea animals. Unexpectedly, the father and sons returned home with a priceless find - the first dinosaur bone ever discovered on Czech territory. As palaeontology is Mr Moucka's hobby, he immediately contacted experts from Charles University in Prague, who confirmed that the 40-centimetre bone comes from a specimen from the family Iguanodontidae that lived around 95 million years ago. Such a find is unique
An amateur palaeontologist has uncovered the first dinosaur bone ever in the Czech Republic, found within the vicinity of a quarry in Kutna Hora. Michal Moucka, a doctor, was walking with his children when he spotted a bone in the ground that brought to mind it might be a dinosaur's, later confirmed by professionals. The bone comes from a specimen known as Inguanodontide, a herbivore that lived around 95 million years ago. It was between 2.5 to 3 metres tall and 4 to 5 metres long. Experts are speculating the specimen may have been about twenty years old when it died. Interestingly, the bone has revealed tooth markings left by a primitive shark. Palaeontologists are now hoping to research the bone fully to construct a model of the specimen that would be displayed at Prague's National Museum.
A vibrant mix of stories in today's Czech dailies, not least U.S. President Bush's visit to Great Britain - PRAVO writes that London has been transformed into a fortress. On the home front stories that dominate include: a boom in consumer retail sales, a concert protesting the rising popularity of the Communist Party, and the continuing fever for cell phones on the Czech market. But we begin first with the sensational story of a dinosaur bone find - the first ever - in the Czech Republic. As a result just about every paper features a little dinosaur
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