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2008-03-25 12:00:24

Canadian scientists have identified one of North America's oldest and most complete plesiosaur fossils, and the oldest yet from the Cretaceous Period. University of Calgary paleontologists said the fossil, representing a new genus of the prehistoric aquatic predator, was uncovered in 1994 at a Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine near Fort McMurray in Alberta. Former UC graduate student Patrick Druckenmiller and biological sciences Professor Anthony Russell named the 8 1/2-foot-long plesiosaur...

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2008-03-20 11:45:00

Dinosaur-era sea creature named for Calgary scientist after being unearthed at Syncrude mine One of the oldest and most complete plesiosaur fossils recovered in North America, and the oldest yet discovered from the Cretaceous Period, represents a new genus of the prehistoric aquatic predator according to University of Calgary palaeontologists who have formally described the creature after its remains were uncovered in a Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine near Fort McMurray in 1994. In a paper...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'