DUCK-BILL DINOSAURS (HADROSAURIDAE, ORNITHISCHIA) FROM THE NORTH SLOPE
OF ALASKA KYLE L. DAVIES Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, Balcones Research
Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758
BONES have been found on the Colville River
north of Umiat on the North Slope of Alaska. This find represents the first
report of dinosaur bones in Alaska and their northernmost reported
. . .] "The hadrosaur bones
were collected in 1961 by the late R. L. Liscomb while working for Shell Oil
Company." "Renewed research around the
Colville River led
to the bones being sent to the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, where
they were tentatively identified as hadrosaurian by C. Repenning."
this "renewed research" must have been many years later, since Kylie
L. Davies wrote to K.Schneider that];
real reason it took over twenty years for the bones to be identified at all is
that the petroleum geologist who collected them tragically died up there in
Alaska the following year. The bones sat in dead storage at the oil
company HQ in Houston for all those
years until finally someone reopened investigations in that area in the 1980s
and the bones were sent to the USGS for identification."
statement about "renewed research" therefore was over
TWENTY YEARS later! i.e.;
. . .] "The FIRST paleontologist to see the bones [presumably over
twenty years later! lka] QUICKLY REALIZED that they were dinosaur, not mammal,
[note: so what does it matter whether they were Mammoth bones or
Bison bones - or both! lka] and they were sent to Dr. Langston at the
University of Texas for comfirmation of that identification. That was how
I got to see and work with them as Dr. Langston was my supervisor at the
here that Kylie L. Davies had said in her published article that; "they
were TENTATIVELY IDENTIFIED as hadrosaurian by C. Repenning." This is
different from what she wrote to K.Schneider recently, about "quickly
identified by the FIRST paleontologist to see the bones!" (my emphasis)
of the original bones collected were duck-bill dinosaur. The other
dinosaur types were only found by the quarry work done by Clemens and Gandalf
starting in the mid to late 1980s."
. . .] "The bones were found on the Colville River at approximately 70
deg. N, 151 deg. W (Figure 1), and the site was relocated in 1984 by two U.S.
Geological Survey field parties (C. Repenning. personal commun.). The
site is easily accessible by float plane or helicopter, common means of
transportation in the area, and to deter possible vandalism it is felt
best not to reveal the exact location of the site. Precise locality
information is on file at TMM."
[. . . .] "The quality of preservation is remarkable.
The bones are stained a dark red brown but otherwise display little
permineralization, crushing, or distortion."
to take a guess what "little permineralization" means? For bones
that are claimed to be at least 65 million years old, that has to be
remarkable indeed, doesn't it?
Journal of Paleontology, v. 61, no.1, January 1987