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--- Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> The following Reuters news release is freely
> available at the New York Times
> science-news website (you'll have to log in). If
> this release is published in
> a newspaper somewhere, and it probably will be, the
> name Sauropodus will have
> to go into the DinosaurGenera List as a nomen nudum:
> Argentine Find May Be Previously Unknown Herbivore
> By REUTERS
> Filed at 4:19 p.m. ET [Feb 8 2001]
> BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - A paleontologist
> said on Thursday that
> 95-million-year-old fossils unearthed in western
> Argentina might be the bones
> of a previously unknown herbivorous dinosaur.
> Argentine paleontologist Edith Simon said her
> 11-member team found the
> creature, named Sauropodus, beneath the town of
> Villa el Chocon in Neuquen
> province -- the same area that in 1990 yielded the
> bones of Argentinosaurus,
> the biggest dinosaur known to have walked the Earth.
> ``Even though geologically it was found on the same
> level as the
> Argentinosaurus, we are comparing it with other
> fossils in the area and it
> doesn't seem to match any. It may be a new type,''
> Simon told Reuters.
> Sauropodus was 30 yards long and weighed about 70
> tons, Simon said.
> Simon's team hopes the find will help explain why
> herbivorous dinosaurs
> vanished from the South American continent millions
> of years ago. Then, the
> area known as ''Dinosaur Valley'' in Argentina's
> southern Patagonia, was a
> steaming swamp, not the arid Andean foothills of
> The Sauropodus suffered a swift and violent death in
> an attack by a
> carnivore, which ironically contributed to its
> preservation for
> ``The way it died influenced its state of
> conservation. It may have sunk in
> the mud in a shallow lake and been covered in fine
> sediment without oxygen,
> meaning bacteria could not act on it,'' said Simon.
> Bones found so far include upper and lower limbs,
> vertebrae, ribs and a piece
> of tooth.
Could there be an indication that this new dinosaur
could be related to the Titanosaurids?, because it
lived at the same time and place and it is estimated
to be 70 tons. And could the attacker be
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