After seven years of research and restoration efforts, the Korea Dinosaur Research Center at Chonnam National University on Monday unveiled an indigenous dinosaur that lived on the Korean peninsula during the Late Cretaceous period. Koreanosaurus Boseongensis is a Hypsilophodontid, or small ornithopod.
A team of researchers at university discovered the fossil remains in the Boseong region in May 2003.
Though it's reported that this is the first dinosaur named after a place in South Korea, there's also a genus of pterosaur named after Jeollanam-do's Haenam county, "Haenamichnus uhangriensis" (해남이크누스 우항리엔시스). Based on limited information on pterosaurs, however, and on my limited knowledge of dinosaurs, it's not clear whether this is recognized by more than just the Korean scientists who designated it.
As these [various] features clearly distinguish the Uhangri tracks from Pteraichnus and Purbeckopus, we assign them to a new genus, Haenamichnus which accommodates the new ichnospecies, Haenamichnus uhangriensis. The prints are five to six times larger than those of Pteraichnus, and are currently the largest pterosaur ichnites known.
Southern Jeollanam-do is well-known for the dinosaur remains and tracks found there, and local researchers---at least in 2008---were working to get the area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
A campaign has been started to have five areas of the southern coastline where thousands of dinosaur footprints are to be found listed on the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Natural Heritage list.
The five are Haenam, Hwasun, Boseong, and [Yeosu] in South Jeolla Province, and Goseong in South Gyeonsang Province.
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``We have seen dinosaurs in Western movies such as Jurassic Park and picture books. But here, we also had flying reptiles, and all kinds of dinosaurs walking, drinking, laying eggs and living just like any other creature,'' he said.
I see. A lot of this was covered in the November 2008 post, "I thought they were just joking about the 'Korean dinosaur.'"