Wednesday, November 01, 2006

 

Raleigh, North Carolina: Researchers Discover 'Nancy' The Dinosaur (+Video)

From NBC 17: Raleigh, North Carolina: Dinosaur discovery - Paleontologists said Nancy, a duckbilled dinosaur, lived in the grasslands and forests of what was to become Montana about 67 million years ago.

Clint Boyd and a team of paleontologists from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences found about 80 percent of Nancy's skeleton, including a 400 pound skull.

It's one of the most complete fossils in the world.

It is so well preserved that scientists hope to recover soft tissue, including possible DNA.

"Preliminary results are positive. I only had a quick study, but it looks very promising. We'll be able to recover soft tissues from this dinosaur as well," said Dr. Mary Schweitzer (homepage - also see "Dinosaur Shocker" from the Smithsonian) of N.C. State.

Continued at "Local Researchers Discover 'Nancy' The Dinosaur" (contains video footage) [Palaeontology, Skin Imprint, Fossil]
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