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Re: Dinosaur fossil spills its guts, out come worms

Has anything every actually been formally published
about Leonardo? All I can find is press releases and
conference abstracts!

--- Allan Edels <edels@msn.com> wrote:

> >From CNN.COM:
> Text follows
> Dinosaur fossil spills its guts, out come worms
> POSTED: 1:04 p.m. EDT, October 24, 2006
> WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- They may have ruled the land
> and the seas 75 million 
> years ago but even dinosaurs fell prey to the lowest
> of the low -- gut 
> worms, scientists reported Monday.
> An unusually well-preserved fossil of a duck-billed
> dinosaur dug up in 
> Montana has revealed great detail of the animal's
> insides, including what 
> appear to be tiny burrows that would have been made
> by worms, the team at 
> the University of Colorado at Boulder found.
> They found more than 200 suspected parasite burrows
> that most likely were 
> made by tiny worms similar to annelids and nematodes
> that infest animals 
> today, said assistant geology professor Karen Chin.
> "Fossil evidence for interactions between dinosaurs
> and invertebrates 
> usually involves insects," said Chin. "This research
> is exciting because it 
> provides evidence for the movement of tiny,
> soft-bodied organisms inside the 
> gut cavity of a dinosaur."
> Chin and graduate student Justin Tweet are
> presenting their findings to a 
> meeting in Philadelphia of the Geological Society of
> America.
> "Typically a carcass attracts multiple scavengers,
> and this one was largely 
> undisturbed," Tweet said in a statement.
> "Since the carcass was apparently buried before it
> had a chance to fall 
> apart, we think remnant parasites may have been
> living inside of the animal 
> when it died."
> Duck-billed dinosaurs were plant-eaters, reaching up
> to 50 feet long and 
> weighing up to three tons.
> This fossil, nicknamed "Leonardo", also revealed
> chewed-up plants in its 
> gut, useful for helping to identify what dinosaurs
> ate.
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> ===========================================
> Allan Edels

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