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Media Advisory 04-07

A Lost World: Two Previously Unknown Dinosaurs Discovered in Antarctica

artist's conception of a carnivorous dinosaur


An artist's conception of a carnivorous dinosaur recently discovered in Antarctica.
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February 23, 2004

 

Arlington, Va.-- The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites members of the news media to hear about the discoveries of fossils of two dinosaurs believed to be new to science. Against incredible odds, researchers working in separate sites, thousands of miles apart in Antarctica recently found what they believe are the fossilized remains of an early plant-eating dinosaur and a meat-eater related to Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Of the two finds-which were made less than a week apart-the plant- eating beast would have lived many millions of years before the carnivore ever existed.

NSF-funded scientists from universities in California, South Dakota, and Illinois, whose research was supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program, will describe the highly unusual circumstances involved in making their finds and the significance of the finds to other dinosaur research.

NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $6 billion. NSF manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, which coordinates almost all U.S. research on the southernmost continent and in the surrounding oceans.

The event was originally webcast. The archived webcast is available at http://www.connectLive.com/events/nsf.

Who:

Judd Case, dean of science and professor of biology at Saint Mary's College of California

James E. Martin, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

William Hammer, Fritiof Fryxell Endowed Chair of Geology, Augustana College, Illinois

What:

The discovery of two news species of dinosaur in Antarctica.

When:

Thursday, February 26, 2004
1-2 p.m.

Where:

Zenger Room
National Press Club
14th St. N.W. Washington D.C.
(Metro Center Stop)
For directions, see: http://www.press.org/abouttheclub/maps.cfm

 

-NSF-

 

See also:
Evidence of a "Lost World": Antarctica Yields Two Unknown Dinosaur Species
NSF PR 04-025 - February 26, 2004

Media Contacts
Peter West, NSF, (703) 292-8070, pwest@nsf.gov

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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