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Re: Ivan the (terribly treated) T. rex
In a message dated 5/11/2007 1:42:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<< According to a news article (http://www.kansas.com/212/story/64522.html),
a team of paleontologists from the University of Maryland will also work on
< If by "team" they mean "me", and by "work on" they mean "plans to go out
there sometime and look at the specimen", then the article is accurate...>
The article and the description on their website have several other
vagaries. At 60% complete, which bones are real and which are reconstructed?
Currie's quotes are casual speculation salt and peppered through the article.
>From the Ivan announcement: "He was discovered within the Hell Creek
geological formation, a comprehensive study of which is now underway utilizing
experts from approximately ten universities and the Museum of Natural History.
The purpose of this study is to record the fossil remains of prehistoric
dinosaurs that are unearthed during the course of thier (sic) work." That
like universities and (a) Museum of Natural History are actually studying
"Ivan" rather than the general Hell Creek location. Field notes? What else
found at that locality? How did it die? Will it be CT scanned?
With all due respect to the discoverers, how would they know if there was
something scientifically significant about "Ivan" as they excavated and
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