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Re: Dino News Bits
> SPINOSAURUS: Ok, ok, we evil military types bombed the thing out of
> existence before you could get all of the info you would really have
> liked to have had. I'm sorry. So, and I may be confused here, but
> DUH, why doesn't someone just go dig up another one?
Find one to dig up, and sombody will.
The problem is that one does not just go out and dig up a specific
dinosaur - one must first *find* it.
> I'm serious.
> <smile> You know where the formation he came from was (Morocco, which
> happens to be a very happily pro-West country), so why hasn't some
> university ponied up the bucks to send a team out there looking for
> another one?
Even if they did, there is no reason to suppose they would succeed.
> Look how many T-rexes have been found after a very few
> teams started some serious searching.
Mostly because T. rex lived in an area with a high rate of
fossilization, good current exposure, and had a large population.
We are *still* looking for a second Therizinosaurus, for instance.
> You really think that two or
> three teams spending two or three seasons out there couldn't turn one
> CHINA: Do these guys write their own rules or what? The Dinosaur
> Encyclopaedia is full of things like "Kungfoosaurus: Some Chinese guy
> wrote a magazine article saying he had found it, but he's never told
> us what it is, so we don't know". Where do they get off putting out
> names if they don't do the "description" to back them up?
If there is no description, then the name is a nomen nudum, and
the rest of us get to ignore it, as if it didn't exist.
[My dino list will NOT be including nomina nuda].
The peace of God be with you.