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Re: New Zealand
>New Zealand hasn't got a large number of excavation sites for dinosaur
>remains. Essentially there is one, near Napier, where remains have been
>found from about 7 different types of dinosaur. These are represented by
>_very_ few bones indeed. New Zealand was essentially placed in a near
>shore environment during the Cretaceous and all the specimens were washed
>into this environment from afar. There is a rich fauna of marine reptiles
>and pterasaurs though.
>Most (if not all) of the New Zealand dinosaur specimens have been found
>by Joan Wiffen and the Napier Palaeo Society. Joan essentially took
>up fossil hunting to keep herself occupied when she retired. Her
>book "Valley of the Dragons" is certainly worth reading.
Does anyone in the Northern Hemisphere (or better yet, North America) know
where I can get a copy of this? Has it distributed by any international
booksellers, or is there an address I can write to in NZ in order to get
>Australia has a much better fossil fauna. Current excavations at
>'Dinosaur Cove' are turning up lots of interesting specimens. I'll
>post references later if necessary.
Also, there are some interesting dinosaurs from other regions of Australia,
especially the unusual primitive armored dinosaur Minmi and the roman-nosed
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile
U.S. Geological Survey
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
MS 970 National Center
Reston, VA 22092