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Re: Mapusaurus roseae & Antarctopelta oliveroi

On Fri, 31 Mar 2006, T. Michael Keesey wrote:
On 3/31/06, Jay <sappororaptor@yahoo.com> wrote:

Antarctopelta is the 2nd named dinosaur from Antarctica.

Not counting _Neogaeornis wetzeli_, _Vegavis iaai_, much of _Spheniscidae_, etc....

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 southern landmass.
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 Pole.

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.