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Lost Dinos of the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt

Tuck, et al,
   Actually Tuck, compared to your own rather amazing adventures we had it
pretty easy in Egypt.  Our team stayed at a lodge on the Oasis, they (the
lodge) provided a plain breakfast, we then drove out with the LandRovers to
our various sites, out in the desert but within a 20-30 minute commute.  We
had shopped in the oasis town, Bawiti, in the evenings for our food for
lunch, then home at dusk for showers and a meal.  Not quite a hardship
assignment for the 6 weeks!  Other than the inevitable intestinal distress
(which I was thankfully spared) and sometime dust storms it was almost
idyllic.  (not too much heat in Jan and Feb for the 2000 expedition.)  I
came back with a wealth of photos.  One of which, a close-up of the
Paralititan humerus with entwined ribs, was used for the show. (which I
still haven't seen since I don't have cable)  Two other of my photos are in
the book, but were mistakenly attributed to someone not on the expedition,
Bob Walters.  (paleoartist extraordinaire)  You can check out a slew of my
photos from the 2000 Egyptian expedition at
http://groups.msn.com/DinosaurandFossilDigs as well as the other "official"
    Glad you enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing my Egypt 2000 self.

Patricia Kane-Vanni, Esq.
pkv1@erols.com  or  paleopatti@hotmail.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert G. Tuck Jr." <tuckr@digital.net>
To: <bkazmer39@yahoo.com>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: Josh Smith et al in Egypt

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert G. Tuck Jr." <tuckr@digital.net>
> To: <bkazmer39@yahoo.com>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 11:48 AM
> Subject: Re: Josh Smith et al in Egypt
>  A few personal observations:
>  1) Aluminum foil to wrap fossils before applying plaster casts? Geeze,
> we had was toilet paper (otherwise known as "camp stationery") in the
> Permian Redbeds;
>  2) During my eight years of field work in Iran and Pakistan, among other
> things, I (barely) survived much more severe sandstorms, perverse
> dust-devils (they *do* seem to have satanic minds of their own),
> temperatures ranging from -30 F to +120 F, a Land Rover that locked up its
> front wheels in central Iran (despite which we remained upright after a
> spiral trajectory into the roadside desert), nearly lost its rear wheel in
> remote Seistan along the Afghanistan/Iran/Pakistan border (saved by a much
> needed "pit-stop"!), and burned out its clutch in Pakistan's remote Makran
> (which place nearly destroyed Alexander and his army in 325 B.C.E.),
> detention by diligent Pakistani police, and a bloody, violent,
> fundamentalist Shi'ite Islamic revolution by the followers of the late
> 'Ayatollah Khomeini ;
>  3) I had to contend with and placate rebellious tribes (Qasqai, Kurds,
> Bakhtiari, etc.), whilst collecting and preparing zoological specimens in
> the midst of central Iran (being a crazy man catching mice, lizards, and
> bugs and who spoke fractured Farsi helped put me under 'Allah's
> and
>  4) No matter where, or in how remote a location, I set up camp in Iran or
> Pakistan, it immediately attracted camel caravans and shepherds with
> of noisome sheep: being awakened at 2:00 a.m. by chants, and camel-bells,
> and camel silhouettes against a starry sky in Iranian Azarbaijan is one
> memory I'll gladly retain; being under the spotlights and guns of Soviet
> watchtowers on the northwestern Caspian Sea shore is one memory I'd prefer
> to forget (ironically, it was a Soviet mammalogist who designated one of
> specimens -- collected in the area despite USSR misgivings -- as the type
> a new species of dormouse, _Myomimus setzeri_, named in honor of my
> Smithsonian Institution supervisor at the time).
>  Actually, I think Josh and company got short-changed during their
> expedition.
>  -= Tuck =-
> >