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Re: More Montana Monkey Business
In a message dated 10/5/2008 8:27:04 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
< The plot grows thicker...
It was pretty thick in 2002 when Leonardo was "announced" at the SVP press
conference in Norman, OK, even though it had already been in the newspapers
some months before. I don't know if there was a poster or a talk on specimen,
but it was obvious that something was up. After the press conference, Mr.
Murphy was lining up artists to draw the creature, there were leaflets about
upcoming book, and no one seemed to know anything about the Phillips County
Museum/Judith River Institute.
"EXCEPTIONAL SOFT-TISSUE PRESERVATION IN A MUMMIFIED ORNITHOPOD
DINOSAUR FROM THE CAMPANIAN LOWER JUDITH RIVER FORMATION
MURPHY, Nate L., Phillips County Museum, P.O. Box 429, Malta, MT 59538;
TREXLER, David, Timescale Adventures, Choteau MT 59422; THOMPSON,
Mark, Phillips County Museum, Malta, MT, 59538."
At the meeting, I had the opportunity to ask one of the SVP paleos what he
thought about "Leonardo". He said it was an important specimen, but that
there were some doubts that it was going to stay where it was. Hmm. SVP
the chump in helping to showcase a specimen that was actually privately owned
(by Murphy and the Hammonds). Not that there weren't inquiries:
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