An A+ for Lund
Not every graduate student discovers a new species of dinosaur. This shot shows Eric Lund assembling a Nasutoceratops skull. Now studying at Ohio University, Lund was previously a Master's student at the University of Utah, where he unearthed Nasutoceratops titusi in 2006 in southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The work was part of a collaborative project involving the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Bureau of Land Management. Additional specimens have since been unearthed.
"Nasutoceratops is a wondrous example of just how much more we have to learn about the world of dinosaurs," Lund is quoted as saying in the Utah museum's press release. "Many more exciting fossils await discovery in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument."
Scott Sampson, lead author of the Nasutoceratops research paper published Wednesday by The Royal Society, calls Grand Staircase-Escalante "the last great, largely unexplored dinosaur boneyard in the lower 48 states." During the Late Cretaceous period, it was part of a swampy, subtropical, Australia-size continent known as Laramidia. Laramidia was separated from what's now North America's eastern half (then a continent known as Appalachia) by a shallow sea -- the Western Interior Seaway -- that stretched from the Arctic Ocean down to the Gulf of Mexico.
This shot gives you a powerful idea of how large Nasutoceratops titusi (and its nose) were (that appears to be the nose that Lund is cradling).
July 17, 2013 2:24 PM PDT
Photo by: Natural History Museum of Utah
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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