Friday, 8 September 2017

Paleontologist aids in new discovery 33 years after finding fossil

Date: August 31, 2017
Source: Texas Tech University

In 1984, Sankar Chatterjee - curator of paleontology for the Museum of Texas Tech University - and his student, Bryan Small, made an astounding discovery.

Working on Seymour Island in Antarctica, they uncovered the fossilized skull of an animal they'd never seen before. While it was obviously a plesiosaur - a Cretaceous-period marine reptile scientists first discovered in the early 1600s - this plesiosaur was unlike any previously found. They named the new species Morturneria and brought its skeleton back to the Museum of Texas Tech.

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