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_Gastonia_



To all:

As it turns out, the invalid nodosaurian genus _Gastonia_ was, in fact, NOT
first mentioned in the late 1995 book RAPTOR RED!  The first time, as far as
I know, that _Gastonia_ was mentioned dates back to 1994: the 1995 (published
in 1994) volume of WORLD BOOK SCIENCE YEAR.

B.B. (guess who?) wrote an article for this volume of SCIENCE YEAR entitled
"Unearthing the Jurassic."  In one of the last paragraphs of this article,
B.B. mentioned _Gastonia_'s name:

"Already today's amateur fossil hunters, working carefully and under the
direction of experts, have made important finds.  In 1992, James Siegwarth, a
volunteer for Dinamation, found a gigantic member of the _Megalosaurus_
family at Como Bluff.  The fossil is a late Jurassic carnivore as big as a
_Tyrannosaurus rex_.  The new megalosaur species was discovered near the
bones of three other big predators -- two allosaur species and a ceratosaur,
a megalosaur with a horn on its nose.  Jim Filla, a volunteer for the Tate
Museum and the Dinamation Society, in 1990 uncovered a new _Brontosaurus_
species, older than any discovered by Marsh.  In 1992, Robert Gaston,
volunteering for the Price museum, discovered two creatures that lived just
at the end of the Jurassic.  One was the predator _Utahraptor_ ('Utah's
raptor'), a 6-meter (20-foot) killer with sharp-edged claws on its forelimbs
and feet.  The other was the herbivore _Gastonia_, a one-ton, bony
dino-tank."

B.B. sure made multiple errors, just in that one paragraph!  (Heh heh --
don't we just LOVE teasing that guy!)  But, it did bring up, in the last
sentence, the name of _Gastonia_.  Just wanted to inform all of you that
RAPTOR RED was, I repeat, NOT the first publication in which _Gastonia_ was
mentioned.

Ciao!

The raptor of all raptors,

R.K. Clark