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More dinosaur news (11/2000)
From: Ben Creisler firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: More dinosaur news (11/2000)
Here are a number of dinosaur-related news stories that I
have noticed on the web in the past week:
The political side of Paul Sereno's finds in Niger.
Rare Middle Jurassic dino tracks from Wyoming
Scientific American article about ichthyosaurs by Ryosuke
November 17, 2000, Friday
Scientists find 'missing links' in Utah
(Scripps Howard News Service)
by JOHN SERFUSTINI
Paleontologists from the College of Eastern Utah have
discovered the fossilized bones for two new genus and
species of giant, plant-eating dinosaurs.
Five bone specimens belonging to the dinosaur family known
as brachiosaur were found in a quarry about 20 miles south
of Price, where they have been entombed for about 100
million years, said John Bird.
Bird is in charge of field excavations and supervisor of
laboratory work for the Prehistoric Museum in Price. The
other dinosaur was a new species and genus of an
ankylosaur from the same period.
"The discoveries are significant because they come from
the lower Cretaceous, and there is relatively little known
about that period," Bird said. "Brachiosaurs and
ankylosaur lived during the Jurassic Period and the later
Cretaceous. Now we have evidence they lived during the
Lower Cretaceous as well. These are missing links."
Bird and museum director Don Burge presented their
findings last month to an international gathering of
scientists at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in
"Between the two (discoveries) we were pretty much the
center of attention among those of our expertise - the
sauropods," said Bird.
In the past decade, Bird said, paleontologists found nine
new species and genus of dinosaurs in southeastern Utah,
with the most famous being Utahraptor found in 1991 near
Moab. The area is renowned as a repository of dinosaur
The recent bones come from the Price River II quarry.
Professional and amateur paleontologists have recovered
around 400 bones belonging to the unnamed brachiosaurs,
enough to provide a remarkably complete description of the
Researchers identified one juvenile, three average adults
and one much bigger individual.
The brachiosaurs had a posture resembling that of a modern
giraffe, with the neck extending vertically and front
limbs slightly longer than the hind ones. The dinosaurs
were much larger than giraffes.