Friday, September 15, 2006

 

MSU, Mongolian paleontologists find 67 dinosaurs in one week

Parrot Lizard Plant Eater Psittacosaurus (Evolution Research: John Latter / Jorolat)

Bozeman - One recent week in the Gobi Desert produced 67 dinosaur skeletons for a team of paleontologists from Montana and Mongolia who want to flesh out the developmental biology of dinosaurs.

Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner said Wednesday that the same area yielded 30 skeletons last year, so researchers at MSU and Mongolia's Science and Technology University now have about 100 Psittacosaurus skeletons. The skeletons ranged in length from one to five feet and stood about two feet tall.

'That's what I was there for - getting as many of those as we could possibly get,' Horner said as he waited for the rest of the MSU team to return to Bozeman. [Evolution News, Skeleton]
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Jack Horner was also featured on Thursday, September 07, 2006:

Museum of the Rockies: Jack Horner knows his dinosaurs (Video)

Bozeman, Montana (CNN) -- From the time he was a kid digging holes in his backyard, paleontologist John 'Jack' Horner knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.

'I found my first dinosaur bone when I was 6, growing up in Montana. Ever since then I've been interested in dinosaurs,' Horner wrote in his 1993 book 'The Complete T-Rex.'*

As the curator of the Museum of the Rockies for the past 24 years, he has collected an array of dinosaur fossils from many digs in a desolate region known as the Hell Creek Formation in eastern Montana's Badlands. (Video link here: 'Watch as Horner explains Montana's dinosaur connection')

His research has made him a well-known paleontologist, and he's considered a model for the lead character in the blockbuster 'Jurassic Park' films, on which he also was a consultant.
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*Jack Horner's most recent book is "Dinosaurs Under the Big Sky": Amazon UK | US

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