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Re: Discovery Channel's "Beasts in Your Back Yard"



Okay, this confirms it...

I typed in my Pueblo, CO zip code, and got the following dinos: Allosaurus,
Ceratosaurus, Dryosaurus, Stegosaurus. Now, I know this is a load of
bologna. The only exposed deposits from this area are not only marine, but
upper Cretaceous. Even though Jurassic rocks are probably buried way down in
the ground, they'd be marine too. All of Pueblo was covered in water during
even this time. Now, unless there was a beach resort in Canon City in the
Jurassic, and some dinos swam out a little too far....
    I think this should confirm any doubts about the system.



Caleb Lewis




----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Stanford" <dinotracker@earthlink.net>
To: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:13 AM
Subject: Discovery Channel's "Beasts in Your Back Yard"


> BACKGROUND:
>     On http://dsc.discovery.com/cgi-bin/whichdino.cgi under Beasts in Your
> Back Yard, one can type in one's zip code and supposedly receive
information
> about dinosaurs roamed in the area associated with the zip code.  So I
typed
> in my local College Park, Maryland, zip code, 20741, pressed the "show me"
> button, and I was told that Allosaurus and Tenontosaurus were in our area.
>
>     Well, we have no Jurassic exposures here in Prince George's County.
Not
> unreasonably, no Allosaurus material has been reliably reported.  Tom
Lipka
> has found teeth identified by someone whom he says is knowledgeable about
> Acrocanthosaurus teeth (but whose name I do not recall) as being from that
> theropod, an Early Cretaceous allosaurid, but those teeth are certainly
not
> from Allosaurus, per se.
>
>     Thus, could it be that someone correctly informed them that an
> allosaurid was (or probably was) here and that it got distorted by someone
> else into "Allosaurus", per se?  List member Dr. Thomas R.Holtz, Jr.,
works
> in College Park (University of Maryland, College Park Campus), so I wonder
> if he can enlighten us of what may have happened in this instance?
>
>     As to Tenontosaurus, while the age of our outcroppings is in the ball
> park for that animal, the single tooth fragment (USNM 244564) from the
> Potomac Group that is sometimes said to possibly have been from
> Tenontosaurus is far from diagnostic, as is an isolated caudal (tail)
> vertebra (USNM 8508) that has been only very speculatively (IMHO)
associated
> with Tenontosaurus.
>
>     It would have been nice if the Discovery Channel had been more
accurate
> about Maryland's dinosaurs and hopefully it is more accurate (and I
suspect
> it may be) about the dinosaurs of other locations.
>
>     Let's hear from some of you out there about the accuracy of the
> Discovers Channel's "Beasts in Your Back Yard", concerning your own areas.
>
>     Ray Stanford
>
>
>
>