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Remains of Cretaceous reptiles discovered in northeastern Iran

Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA-Iranian experts discovered remains of reptiles dating back to the Cretaceous period in Shirvan, a city in the northeastern province of North Khorassan, it was reported here Sunday.

As many as 10 remains, probably belonging to the Cretaceous reptiles, were discovered in the excavations, according to the Public Relations Department at Iran's Geology and Mineral Excavations Organization.

More detailed studies are however needed to help experts gather more accurate information on the remains discovered in the northeastern part of Shirvan.

The Cretaceous period dates back to 144-65 million years ago.

It was the heyday of the dinosaurs. The period ended 65 million years ago with the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other pre-historic life forms.

During the period, primitive flowering plants continued to develop and the land was covered with forests surrounded by shallow seas.

The period ended with a bang about 65 millions years ago!

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