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Dinosaur Genera List corrections #170



The following appeared in today's New York Times, part of an article on the 
Madagascar dinosaur expeditions: 

"Dr. Krause and his team also did some digging. They found new skull material 
from meat- and plant-eating dinosaurs and an 'exquisitely preserved skull' of 
a large ancient crocodile.

"The results of some previous expeditions will be disclosed this week in the 
journal Nature, due out tomorrow. Dr. Krause will announce the discovery of a 
fossil tooth from a marsupial mammal that he believes is the earliest found 
in the Southern Hemisphere. Until now, the earliest known remains of a 
marsupial in the hemisphere dated back to the Paleocene Epoch, 55 million to 
65 million years ago; this find suggests that marsupials were in the Southern 
Hemisphere during the late Cretaceous period, 65 million to 100 million years 
ago. This fossil is approximately 70 million years old, he said.

"In the same issue, Kristina Curry Rogers, a Stony Brook graduate 
student, and Catherine Forster, another Stony Brook paleontology 
professor, announce the discovery of a nearly complete fossil of a new genus 
and species of sauropod dinosaur, which they named for Dr. Krause: the 
Rapetosaurus krausei."

Accordingly, we add genus #918 to the Dinosaur Genera List:

Rapetosaurus Rogers & Forster, 2001

(If the Nature article has more or different authors than this quote 
suggests, I'll change their names accordingly.)