Dinosaurs have always been found in Australia, but were missing from the New Zealand fossil record. This caused much confusion, because New Zealand and Australia would have been attached to each other at the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. There would therefore be no reason for there to be no dinosaurs in New Zealand. It was thought that perhaps the New Zealand climate was unsuitable for the dinosaurs.

The riddle was finally solved in the mid-1980s when an amature paleontologist, Joan Wiffen, found two tattered bones from two different types of dinosaurs. The first bone found belonged to a 7m tall carivor. The second belonged to a bird-hipped hypsilophodont. It would have been a 5m long herbivor. This one can be seen in the picture.

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