Live from the Field: Secodontosaurus Found?


November 7, 2008
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(c)Dr. Robert T. Bakker

Our paleontology team – led by Dr. Robert Bakker – is back in Seymour, TX this week, digging for Dimetrodon at a site they’ve now been working for several years. (You can read more of what’s been found already in our daily blog from the field in 2007).

Chris Flis sent us another update today – on a huge possible find. The team thinks they may have found the pelvis – and possibly a full skeleton – of a Secodontosaurus. The fox-faced finback – so called because of its slender muzzle – could easily be confused for a Dimetrodon – but they are actually quite different.

If they have in fact found a Seco – it will be the first that has been uncovered since 1936 (with the exception of HMNS’ Nancy Bowen’s discovery of an isolated scapula from this species on one of the team’s earlier digs). With today’s more complete digging methods, this find would give us the opportunity to learn much more about this rare species from the contextual information being preserved around the fossil.

Click the podcast below for more updates from yesterday’s dig:


More from the field tomorrow! Until then, you can also check out earlier updates from this dig trip:

Day One: Live from the Fossil Field
Day Two: The Smoking Gun
Day Three: New Discoveries

Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

2 responses to “Live from the Field: Secodontosaurus Found?”

  1. dave says:

    Erin,

    What are some other good museums to visit that have good dinosaur displays?

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Dave,

    The Field Museum in Chicago has Sue – one of the most famous dinosaurs ever discovered. The American Museum of Natural History has many excellent specimens. But to see some spectacular fossils, you have to travel pretty far. Leonardo, the mummified dinosaur currently on display at HMNS, will go back to the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT after its time here. The Museum of the Rockies also has lots of wonderful dinosaurs.

    Thanks for reading!

    Erin

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