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New Montana dinosaur is named after world’s top paleontologist
“A newly-discovered Dinosaur takes the name of the world’s top paleontologist.
While paleontologist Jack Horner calls Montana home, the tyrannosaurus named in his honor roamed the state 75 million years ago.
The Museum of the Rockies is where the new Dino resident is settling in.
The new species is named Daspletosaurus Horneri, which means “Horner’s Frightful Lizard.” ABC FOX Montana spoke with one MSU Paleontologist who suggested this name in honor of the mentorship Horner has given him and other up and coming paleontologists.
“it’s named after Jack Horner for multiple reasons one is that he supported people like myself as a grad student, his part in museum of the Rockies and his paleontological lab that was collecting and preparing the specimen,” said David Varricchio, MSU associate professor of paleontology.
David Varricchio, MSU associate professor of paleontology, discovered and excavated some of the new specimens.
“The specimen I dug up was both exciting and frustrating it was just a massive irregular jumble of bones,” said Varricchio.
He says this new species falls into Horner’s previous hypothesis.
“It fits into how we view Evolution in these areas in the cretaceous the idea that inches of dinosaurs evolved over time in Montana was first proposed by Jack Horner in 1992.”
In Varricchio’s paper, “A new tyrannosaur with evidence for anagenesis and crocodile-like facial sensory system,” he describes the physical features of the new species.http://www.nature.com/articles/srep44942″ (…) READ MORE
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