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Media Advisory 06-035
Antarctic Researchers to Discuss Difficult Recovery of Unique Juvenile Plesiosaur Fossil

Press conference to be held at National Press Club on Dec. 11, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.

Scientists excavate a juvenile plesiosaur fossil on Vega Island, Antarctica.

Scientists excavate a juvenile plesiosaur fossil on Vega Island, Antarctica.
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December 6, 2006

Scientists will discuss the discovery of a unique juvenile plesiosaur fossil skeleton at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

WHAT: News Conference to Discuss Discovery of Juvenile Plesiosaur Fossil

WHERE: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, 10:00 a.m.

WHO: Expedition co-leaders James E. Martin, the curator of vertebrate paleontology and the paleontology program coordinator at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's Museum of Geology; Judd Case, of Eastern Washington University; and Sergio Marenssi, director of the Instituto Antarctico Argentino. Tom Wagner, geology and geophysics program director for the U.S. Antarctic Program, will participate in the news conference by phone from the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco.

The news conference will be Webcast at http://www.ConnectLive.com/events/nsf121106

An artist's conception of the juvenile Plesiosaur, video clips of Martin and others involved in the discovery and preservation of the specimen and an animation of juvenile Plesiosaur as it would have looked, are available by contacting Dena Headlee, (703) 292-7739, dheadlee@nsf.gov.


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Dena Headlee, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7739, dheadlee@nsf.gov

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