Latest Spencer Lucas Stories

2009-07-13 09:09:30

A second full footprint of a Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered on the remote Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., a paleontologist said. This is one of the most important sites ever found in New Mexico, said Spencer Lucas, paleontology curator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The first footprint was found at the site in 1983 by Charles Pillmore, a surveyor for the U.S. Geological Survey, who died in 2003. Lucas discovered the second print, and a partial...

2008-09-16 18:00:11

By SUE VORENBERG New Mexico scientists discover fossilized remains of Typothorax with protective spikes By Sue Vorenberg The New Mexican Don't call them perverts, but when two New Mexico paleontologists found a spiked opening on a fossilized 210 million-year-old animal - - in a place the sun doesn't generally shine -- they realized they had discovered something exciting. The creature, called a Typothorax, appears to have had a protective cover over its naughty bits, although the...

2008-08-01 18:00:10

By SUE VORENBERG Scientists hope to gain insight into fossil record by studying current size ranges By Sue Vorenberg The New Mexican Some would say it's impossible to draw a picture of something when you can only see 2 percent of it. With that little information, you might just see a little color, or an edge, or a blue chunk of sky in the background. But impossible or not, that's very much like the picture paleontologists have to work with when they try to rebuild the planet's...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.