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,
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
O.K., this doesn't tell us if the sauropod
has been described in publication, but it's my two bits worth.
"You know my method. It is founded upon the observance of trifles."
-- Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Valley Mystery
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 9:46
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
Jordan Mallon <email@example.com> wrote:
>Actually, since Karen
Carr used the name "Karongasaurus" on her web
>site, I doubt there's
any problem of de facto embargoed information. >She
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
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