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Re: State paleontologists
>Could you please provide information on Gastonia? Thank you.
>---John Schneiderman (email@example.com)
I don't know too much about _Gastonia_, as this fossil has yet to
be formally described! It's under the studious eye of Jim Kirkland. From
the snippets I've heard, it can be perceived as a transitional animal
between being a nodosaurid and a true ankylosaurid -- it's got
characteristics of both (I don't know which, though!) Kirkland, I think,
is planning to reorganize the polacanthine (?) dinosaurs as a nice
transitional group between nodosaurs and ankylosaurs. Ken (Carpenter) may
Jerry D. Harris
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
"I repainted the picture Brown had painted for us. A dying,
shrinking lake...these great...behemoths...dying..."
"Well," she said, "all you tell me may be so...but I still can't
see why such creatures would have wanted to do it in the first place."
"Do what, ma'am?"
"Why, crawl away back under all that rock to die."
-- Roland T. Bird, _Bones for Barnum Brown_