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Re: Where would you hunt?

Another right in the backyard areas of North America: In and around the Black Hills of South Dakota [Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous strata outcropping all within a hundred mile radius. I've done some dinosaur hunting there back in the early 1990's in association with the South Dakota School of Mines. I know this region has been picked over a bit...but you near know another look see will turn up!

...or for a little bit of a challenge, how about Greenland? http://www.episodes.co.in/www/backissues/33igc/09.pdf ...or maybe Antarctica? http://academiccommons.columbia.edu/download/fedora_content/download/ac:142214/CONTENT/Grunow_1987.pdf

John Schneiderman

On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM, Dan Chure wrote:

There is a vast acreage of quite respectable Mesozoic outcrops that have never been looked at paleontologically right in the USA.


On 1/7/2012 7:03 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
On Sat, January 7, 2012 2:21 pm, Stephen V. Cole wrote:
He mentions that he had actually brought two million dollars but that
some guy named Tom Holtz had talked him into giving half of it to
train new dino prep technicians. Shucks, a million is still a million.
Hey, they didn't actually earmark that money... It's going into the "Holtz
travels to every museum collection in the world" fund... :-)

The questions is, where in the whole world would you want to go in
order to dig up something that would ADD TO current dino-paleo
knowledge? Not saying you cannot go to the old places (Argentina,
Chad, Egypt, Mongolia, Madagascar) but perhaps there is some untested ground with explosed Mesozoic formations that deserves a look if only
there was money?
Late K continental Africa. (Okay, some of this is already underway).

Lacustrine/lagoonal deposits ANYWHERE, but most especially if they are Triassic or Jurassic: we need to know a lot more about the little guys of
these times!

Big parts of Middle Asia (the -stans) are worth exploring.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661

Faculty Director, Science& Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Fax: 301-314-9843

Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                        Department of Geology
                        Building 237, Room 1117
                        University of Maryland
                        College Park, MD 20742 USA

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