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Thoracosaurus (crocodiliform [?]) unveiled at Drexel University on Thursday
A friend from Drexel Univ. (Phila. PA, USA) sent me this:
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, professor of bioscience and biotechnology, will unveil
15-foot-long, 65-million-year-old crocodile fossil on Thursday, January 26,
at 10 a.m. in the [Drexel University] Stratton Hall lobby (32nd and Chestnut
The crocodile fossil was excavated in southern New Jersey and mounted by his
Field Methods in Paleoecology class. The extinct species, Thoracosaurus
neocesariensis, which translates to "New Jersey crocodile," was a fish-eater
lived in a mangrove swamp during the Cretaceous Period. Discovered by Dr.
William Gallagher, a paleontologist at the New Jersey State Museum, the
is among the best-preserved specimens of its kind in the world, Dr. Lacovara
Dr. Lacovara's students collected 30 vertebrae, 31 teeth, parts of the
jaw and ribs and other fossils called scutes, which are armor plates that
the reptile's back. At 15 feet long, the specimen is about one-third the
the largest creatures in the species.
The fossil will remain on campus for about a year before being displayed at
New Jersey State Museum.
The event is open to students, faculty and staff. For more information,
Dr. Lacovara at 215-895-6456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.