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'Rare' fossil of new dinosaur species found in US
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/10 | AFP

Posted on 03/23/2010 7:43:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – It had a body the size of a sheep, a long neck and tail, and lived some 185 million years ago. Scientists call this dinosaur find "a rare skeleton of a new species."

Paleontologists unearthed the partial remains of the plant-eating creature, named Seitaad ruessi, in the red rocks of the Navajo Sandstone region of the western US state of Utah.

The bones were found just below stone and adobe dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people in a site known as the Eagles Nest.

Seitaad is an ancestor of the giant long-necked, long-tailed dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, Apatosaurus, and Brachiosaurus that roamed Earth in the late Jurassic period, according to research published in the March 24 edition of PLoS ONE, the online open-access journal produced by the Public Library of Science.

The study was conducted by paleontologist Joseph Sertich, a Stony Brook University doctoral student, and Mark Loewen of the Utah Museum of Natural History.

"Although Seitaad was preserved in a sand dune, this ancient desert must have included wetter areas with enough plants to support these smaller dinosaurs and other animals," Sertich said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Just like in deserts today, life would have been difficult in Utah's ancient 'sand sea.'"

The remains were discovered in 2004 and excavated the following year.

Seitaad ruessi is a sauropodomorph, a type of dinosaur common during the Early Jurassic period, when all of the continents were still joined together in the supercontinent of Pangaea.

The discovery "confirms the widespread success of sauropodomorph dinosaurs during the Early Jurassic Period," the scientists said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: dinosaur; fossil; utah

1 posted on 03/23/2010 7:43:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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This image obtained from University of Utah shows the partial remains of the plant-eating creature, named Seitaad ruessi, in the red rocks of the Navajo Sandstone region of the western US state of Utah. It is on display at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City. (AFP/HO/File)


2 posted on 03/23/2010 7:44:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
""a rare skeleton of a new species."

Don't they mean dead species that we never seen before?

3 posted on 03/23/2010 7:46:06 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: NormsRevenge
the Navajo Sandstone region of the western US state of Utah.

Navajo Sandstone is a geological stratum, not a geographical region.

4 posted on 03/23/2010 7:47:05 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: NormsRevenge

Did they find it in Plains Georgia?


5 posted on 03/23/2010 7:47:06 PM PDT by tubebender (b>)
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To: tubebender; glock rocks

What’s in your backyard?


6 posted on 03/23/2010 7:49:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Seitaad ruessi

I thought species names were supposed to be in Latin, even if it is "new Latin." How is "Seitaad" Latin? Sounds more like Arabic.

7 posted on 03/23/2010 7:51:15 PM PDT by hellbender
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8 posted on 03/23/2010 7:54:03 PM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: NormsRevenge


"It's dead Jim"
9 posted on 03/23/2010 7:55:42 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: NormsRevenge
plant-eating creature, named Seitaad ruessi,

Where the hell do they come up with these stupid names?

10 posted on 03/23/2010 7:55:49 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: NormsRevenge

2 red foxes, 22 skunks, 12 raccoons, 4 Possum and various dead rats and mice and that’s just in the last 2 years. (the 2 fox had rabies)


11 posted on 03/23/2010 7:56:13 PM PDT by tubebender (b>)
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To: umgud

>>Where the hell do they come up with these stupid names?<<

Usually after the discoverer and the place.


12 posted on 03/23/2010 8:00:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: NormsRevenge

How in the world Pelosi can hide in plain sight is news to me. How could they miss her in her SEIU purple suit?


13 posted on 03/23/2010 8:07:16 PM PDT by mplsconservative (0bama = Epic Fail)
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To: AndrewB

Aaaah! My eyes! My eyes!!!


14 posted on 03/23/2010 8:18:09 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: NormsRevenge

So the Anasazi disappeared after eating all of the dinosaurs?


15 posted on 03/23/2010 8:24:09 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: NormsRevenge

when part of a ‘scientists’ explanation is “must have”, i know he’s like me, just guessing.


16 posted on 03/23/2010 8:27:13 PM PDT by tjblair (previewed)
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To: umgud

Maybe it ate the ancestor of the russet potato.


17 posted on 03/23/2010 8:31:09 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: AndrewB
Only 8 posts before Helenasaurus appears!
18 posted on 03/23/2010 8:37:41 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Here's the head...

...and this here's the body

19 posted on 03/23/2010 8:45:38 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: NormsRevenge
Must have found a copy of the Constitution in an attic somewhere.
20 posted on 03/23/2010 9:04:38 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: freedumb2003

A friend of mine who was a notoriously drunk and outstanding classical piano musician had a dinosaur named after him:

Cuttysarkus McNallyi

His last name was McNally.


21 posted on 03/23/2010 9:20:09 PM PDT by GunsAndBibles (God save Calif. - 'cause it's gonna take a miracle.)
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To: GunsAndBibles

>>Cuttysarkus McNallyi<<

Now THAT is a cool name!


22 posted on 03/23/2010 9:30:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wouldn’t a fossil of a “new[ly discovered] species” be rare pretty much by definition, unless they found a whole bunch of them at the same time?


23 posted on 03/23/2010 9:35:20 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (Greetings from the People's Republic of Obamastan (formerly known as the United States of America)
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To: umgud

The come up with the names after the scientist is treated by an Obama Doc for indigestion and suffers Dain Bramage.


24 posted on 03/23/2010 10:13:09 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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