Saint Mary's College Dean of Science Judd Case has discovered what is most likely a species of dinosaur previously unknown to science. He announced his discovery at a Feb. 26 press conference held in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and broadcast live over the Internet. The press conference, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, was covered by many news organizations, most notably CNN and the Discovery Channel.
Case made his amazing find while climbing among the rocks of James Ross Island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula on Dec. 12, 2003. Case believes the fossilized bones he found are those of a new species of carnivorous dinosaur related to the enormous meat-eating tyrannosaurs and the equally voracious, but smaller and swifter, velociraptors that terrified movie-goers in the film "Jurassic Park." Case's trip to Antarctica was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Here are links to a sampling of the news coverage of Case's discovery:
* St. Mary's Scientist Makes Amazing Find (Contra Costa Times)
* Fossils Found in Antarctica From 2 New Dinosaur Species: St. Mary's College Scientist Involved (San Francisco Chronicle)
* Dinosaur fossils in Antarctica: 2 New Species Lived 2,000 Miles, 120 Million Years Apart (The Mercury News)
* Two New Dinosaur Species Found in Antarctica (CNN.com)
* Antarctic the 'Lost World' of Dinosaurs (The Globe and Mail)
* Two New Dinosaur Fossils Found in Antarctica (Newsday.com)
* Two New Dinos Found in Antarctica (Discovery Channel)
* Researchers Discover 2 New Dinosaur Types in Antarctica (USATODAY.com)
* Bones of Unique Dinosaur Found (Tri-Valley Herald)
* Dinosaurs in the Cold, Dark Antarctic (Geotimes)
* Two New Dinosaurs Discovered in Antarctica (NationalGeographic.com)
Official Press Release:
* Evidence of a "Lost World": Antarctica Yields Two Unknown Dinosaur Species (Feb. 26, 2004)