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Chile's Torres del Paine park yields dinosaur treasure trove

Published on Jun 4, 2014 7:00 AM
The view along the ‘W’ Circuit trail in Torres del Paine park in Patagonia, Chile. -- PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES FILE

SANTIAGO (REUTERS) - Paleontologists have discovered nearly 50 entire ichthyosaur dinosaur fossils in southern Chile, one of the best finds of its kind to date, they said on Tuesday.

The fossils of the dolphin-like creature were unearthed in the country's Torres del Poo

iaine National Park, whose spiky peaks and brilliant turquoise lakes make it a magnet for trekkers and nature lovers.

Researchers said the dinosaurs, buried by rocks from the huge Tyndall Glacier, lived between the Triassic and Cretaceous periods, which extended from 250 million to 66 million years ago.

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