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Re: _Karongasaurus_?

    In July 1990, not far from Karonga, Dr. Louis Jacobs' group uncovered a sauropod scull and other bones.  Sauropod sculls are quite rare, and Jacobs was delighted, pointing out that the scull and post-cranial material of this animal were of quite small size, without getting very specific (in the book QUEST FOR THE AFRICAN DINOSAURS, Vanguard Books, 1993,
ISBN 0-679-41270-0).  He commented not only that the scull was small but, in an odd way, that it seemed somehow rather cute -- a reaction one often has to young animals.  I got the impression he thought the sauropod to be a juvenile.
    So, I'd bet this is the sauropod represented in Karen Carr's painting.  Note that what is shown on her web site is not the whole painting, but a detail.  Note, also, that Dr. Jacobs appears to be a co-owner of the painting, along with Dr. Elizabeth Gomani.
    O.K., this doesn't tell us if the sauropod has been described in publication, but it's my two bits worth.
Ray Stanford
"You know my method.  It is founded upon the observance of trifles." -- Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Valley Mystery
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Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 9:46 PM
Subject: Re: _Karongasaurus_?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think Karongasaurus is a misprint, and is actually suppose to be Karongasuchus, a crocodile illustrated in the picture.  Malawisaurus  (sp?) is the sauropod in the picture 

Jordan Mallon <j_mallon@hotmail.com> wrote:

>From: "Ray Stanford"

>Actually, since Karen Carr used the name "Karongasaurus" on her web
>site, I doubt there's any problem of de facto embargoed information. >She
>has worked pretty closely with Dr. Louis Jacob, and I doubt she >would
>betray his confidence.

This is true. I just find it odd that the name is not turning up
>anywhere<. I mean, it's not even listed on Dinogeorge's website! :)
At any rate, all this fuss has just gotten me hungry to find out more. If
anyone out there can provide a ref for this mysterious animal, I would be
very greatful.

-Jordan Mallon


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