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Re: Titanosaurus head & neck discovered in Chubut, Argentina
>reposted from Sci.Bio.paleontology-FYI
>Subject: Titanosaurus head & neck discovered in Chubut,
> Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 15:35:17 GMT
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Miguel Fliguer)
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>Extracted from "Pagina/12" (Argentina) :
>A team from the Paleontology department of the Universidad de la
>Patagonia announced last week the discovery of a skull (complete
>with 3.5 meters of neck) of a Titanosaurus. It was found at Laguna
>Palacios, 250 Km northwest of Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina.
>This is an Upper Cretaceous area (90 million years), with a landscape
>similar to the well known Valle de la Luna.
I'm presuming what they actually mean is "titanosaurid", not "Titanosaurus"
(a much younger dino).
>This is the fourth Titanosaurus skull discovered in the world, but
>this apparently belongs to a new species.The neck features a
>previously unseen system of bony sinews,
"ossified tendons", perhaps?
>perhaps from evolutive
>origin, useful to prevent excessive flexion that could damage
>the spinal cord.
>The seven people team was directed by Ruben Martinez, and they're
>working on fossils since 1983. Previously they have found many
>important discoveries on the Patagonia ( Xenotarsosaurus in 1985,
>Espachtosaurus in 1986, Notohypsilophodon in 1990, and
>Aniksosaurus in 1995)
Notohypsilophodon? Aniksosaurus? Anyone (George? Tracy? Anyone?) got a
reference for these puppies?
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661