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Re: Philippine Star news: dinosaur eggs stolen
At 08:49 AM 7/30/99 -0500, Tim Williams wrote:
>There is an ulna from the Otway Group in Victoria (southeast Australia), of
>Aptian/Albian (late Early Cretaceous) age. The ulna is almost identical to
>that of Leptoceratops, so it's provisionally regarded as ceratopsian.
>Even if it is ceratopsian I doubt that it's the earliest known ceratopsian
>fossil in the world. _Psittacosaurus_ and _Archaeoceratops_ are at least
In fact, as _Psittacosaurus_ occurs in the Yixian Fm., a unit that seems to
be Barremian aged (due to Swisher et al.'s new radiometric dates), it is
older than the Apt./Alb. Aussie ceratopsian-like ulna.
Raymond Ancog wrote:
>Were there Triceratops in China?
There is no evidence of this. I expect this is a mix-up on the part of the
press, the rock shop owners, and others involved. I expect that the buyers
were told that they were "ceratopsian eggs" or "_Protoceratops_ eggs", which
phrase was mutated into "_Triceratops_ eggs". (Whether they were actual
ceratopsian eggs is another matter entirely: at least some rock shop owners
are unaware of the previous work reidentifying traditional "_Protoceratops_
eggs" as oviraptorosaur eggs).
Keep us posted on new details.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
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