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RE: Kenya's first dinosaurs



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> GUY LEAHY
>
> NAIROBI (AFP) - Scientists on Kenya's first scientific dinosaur expedition 
> have unearthed hundreds of bones in an area
> previously known for the discovery of ancient human remains, team members 
> said.
>
>  Kenyan and US paleontologists conducting the dig said they found more than 
> 200 dinosaur specimens, including three from
> large carnivorous theropods thought to be related to the fearsome 
> Tyrannosaurus Rex, in northwestern Kenya.

[snip]

> The specimens recovered come from several dinosaur species, including the 
> theropods, one or two forms of giant
> plant-eating sauropods or brontosaurs and a smaller bodied, two-legged 
> herbivore akin to a duck-billed dinosaur, Sampson
> said in a preliminary report on the expedition.
>
[snip]

I think we may know what Scott will talk about at SVP... At least I hope so!

> In the years that followed, visitors to the "Turkana Grits," a rock formation 
> on the western shore of Lake Turkana near
> the town of Lokitaung, reported seeing unusual bone fragments but no 
> scientific dinosaur expedition was conducted there
> until last year, according to Sampson.
>

I remember talking with someone (Matt Lamanna, perhaps) once about how "Turkana 
Grits" sounded like a great breakfast cereal for
early hominins.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
Department of Geology           Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
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