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RE: Dinosaur fossil spills its guts, out come worms

A preliminary appears in "Horns and Beaks" due out any day:

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Chief Preparator
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: 303-370-6392
Fax: 303-331-6492

for PDFs of some of my publications, as well as information of the Cedar
Mountain Project: 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of Simon M. Clabby
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 3:58 PM
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Subject: 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.
> Copyright 2006 Reuters. All rights reserved.This material may not be 
> published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
> ===========================================
> Allan Edels

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