Diving for Dinosaurs: Cretaceous Fossils from Croatia
April 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Matt Lamanna, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
In the 1990’s, 130 million-years-old Early Cretaceous dinosaur fossils were discovered in shallow Adriatic Sea waters near Istria, Croatia. Approximately 200 bones, teeth, and bone fragments from at least three distinct dinosaur species were fount. Since then, little paleontological work has been conducted at the site. During the Early Cretaceous, this region of Croatia is thought to have been part of a Bahamas-like series of islands that in the modern world are often home to unique, highly unusual species. In October 2018, with funding support from the Carnegie Discoverers, a multinational team of paleontologists, geologists, scientific divers, and science educators conducted the first systematic paleontological survey of this underwater site. The results of this effort, which constitutes one of the world’s first-if not the first-underwater explorations for dinosaur fossils will be recounted.