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October 2015 Newsletter

Hopefully you all have come to see our exciting new discovery Ava . Finding a new species like Ava is rare and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see something nobody’s ever seen before.
Ava’s nearly complete skeleton with a size comparison.
Ava was originally discovered in 2012 in Montana’s Judith River formation and dates back 75 million years. It was nicknamed Ava because they thought at the time that their find was an example of an Avaceratops, an existing species. Researchers at Triebold Paleontology, Inc. and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Co., have spent the last few years restoring the dinosaur’s bones which were found 80% complete. “A lot of times when you find a new species, it’s just a scrape, but we found over 200 bones”, said Mike Triebold, head of Triebold Paleontology, Inc. Missing pieces were recreated using digital mirror imaging and 3D printing. “It is a juvenile and very possibly related to Triceratops, though it doesn’t have a nasal horn. The two horns on the brow turn toward the middle and are very close together,” said Triebold. Anthony Maltese, curator at the Rocky Mountain Resource Center, notes that it has spikes all around the frill that are not usually found on these juvenile dinosaurs. Experts from four academic institutions have confirmed that this is something new, said Triebold. Be sure and see Ava before it leaves October 9th.
“Lightning Claw” is a newly discovered carnivorous dinosaur, and the largest ever found in Australia at 22 ft. long. It dates back to the Cretaceous Period about 110 million years ago. It was originally found by miners in the town of Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. Paleontologists found pieces of the dinosaur’s hip, ribs, arm and foot, along with a 10 inch claw that researchers say was used as a ‘grappling hook’ to snatch prey. The partially complete skeleton is the second most complete specimen found on the island.
A nearly complete new dinosaur fossil, which is the close cousin of the Velociraptor, has been found in China in the Liaoning Province. It lived around 125 million years ago in northeastern China and weighed about 25 pounds. It is named Zhenyuanlong suni and has unusally short feathered wings which may provide clues about the evolution of feathers. “ Look at this dinosaur and you’re probably seeing, more or less, what a real Velociraptor would have looked liked,” says paleontologist Stephen L. Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh. “It would look very much like an eagle or a vulture” said Brusatte who was the co-author of a study published online in Scientific Reports, with paleontologist Junchang Luof of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Geri Lebold
Eduacation Director

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