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New book, new dino

Dr. Louis Jacobs (Southern Methodist University) spoke at Cranbrook 
Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Sunday, September 
17, 1995. The title of his slide-illustrated talk was "Lone Star 
Dinosaurs," closely parallel to his new book of the same title (for which 
he slipped in a few well-placed plugs, by the way).

The essence of the lecture (and book) was the richness of Mesozoic 
fossils found in Texas and the role the public, especially children, play 
in the discovery of new dinosaur material. He geared his talk to the 
family audience that was present, speaking for about 50 minutes and 
spending another 10 minutes or so answering questions. It was a pleasant 
talk with nothing earth-shattering, controversial or (dare I say it?) 
heretical involved.

I happen to enjoy hearing about new dinosaur discoveries. Jacobs did not
disappoint when he mentioned a new nodosaur first found by a then 
ten-year-old in Texas. Named _Pawpawsaurus_campbelli_ (after the Paw Paw 
Formation and the person who found the skull), eventually enough material 
was found as to make it nearly complete. The juvenile is about 
100,000,000 years old and now on display at the Fort Worth Museum of 
Science and History.

I have not yet had the opportunity to read the book so I cannot provide a 
proper review. I don't think the book has hit the market yet, but it 
should sometime soon (ISBN 0-89096-662-1). Jacobs had some pre-release 
copies very fresh from the publisher that he was willing to sell -- with 
an autograph at no extra charge. Its dimensions are about 18cm by 23cm 
and at 160 pages, includes a bibliography and an index. It also features 
nicely executed and reproduced black-and-white and color illustrations of 
dinosaurs and the like by Karen Carr and black-and-white photographs of 
"common folk" with their uncommon discoveries. The text is conversational 
and sometimes anthropomorphic in tone and discusses general dinosaur 
information for a public readership.

 Douglas E. Goudie                  To know all things is not permitted.
 ac941@leo.nmc.edu                               -- Horace (65 - 8 B.C.)