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Re: Mapusaurus roseae & Antarctopelta oliveroi
On Fri, 31 Mar 2006, T. Michael Keesey wrote:
On 3/31/06, Jay <email@example.com> wrote:
Antarctopelta is the 2nd named dinosaur from Antarctica.
Not counting _Neogaeornis wetzeli_, _Vegavis iaai_, much of
Put it this way--it's the first plant-eating dinosaur from Antarctica
to be named. (Heck, the first plant-eating *anything* from Antarctica
to be named, probably--what else is there?)
Well, seems to be a short list anyways...
Working in some of the planet's harshest conditions, fossil hunters have
found two completely new species of dinosaur in Antarctica. This increases
to eight the number of dinosaur species found on the perpetually frozen
The first, a 190 million-year-old plant-eater from the early Jurassic
period, was found by chance on December 713,000 feet (3,900 meters) up a
mountain. A mountaineer accompanying paleontologists turned up the
animal's huge pelvis in an informal search only a few miles from the South
Two thousand miles (3,200 kilometers) across the continent, and less than
a week later, the scant remains of another dinosaur were foundcompletely
by chanceon what once was the bottom of a shallow ocean. This
70-million-year-old dinosaur is the only known Antarctic meat-eater from
the late Cretaceous period and is thought to have unusually primitive
features for this period.