Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin (ISSN 0178 – 6288) . Number 117, September 2014, pp. 1-33.
The Ceratosaur Dinosaur Elaphrosaurus bambergi
Janensch, 1920 Tracks from Beit Zeit, West of AlQuds (Jerusalem), Occupied Palestine
By: Prof. Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher KhalafSakerfalke von Jaffa
One of the Beit Zeit Dinosaur Footprints from Beit Zeit, West of Al-Quds (Jerusalem),
Occupied Palestine. 09.07.2013. Photo by: Prof. Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von
Palestine's history is mostly known from the Torah, Bible and the Holy Qur'an.
The Holy land is full of historical places, and is visited by many tourists and
pilgrims that want to see the remarkable beauty of this country with their own
eyes. Palestine is sometimes called "The land were the time began", and it
contains treasures to be seen from the Mesozoic period, which is not so well
known. Thanks to Prof. Moshe Avnimelech (Ex-Head of the Paleontology
Department in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), who described the dinosaur
tracks of the Hebron or Judean Hills, the historical wealth of Palestine goes
further back in time than anyone ever had expected. In Beit Zeit, just a few
kilometers from the Palestinian Capital City of Al-Quds (Jerusalem City), ninety
to hundred million years old dinosaur tracks give great insight in the prehistoric
life of the Middle East (Khalaf-von Jaffa, 2006).
Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 117 – September 2014