Thursday, July 16, 2009

Flagstaff's therizinosaur dino getting national attention

If you've been to the Museum of Northern Arizona in the past year, you've seen the spectacular therizinosaur exhibit put together by paleontologist David Gillette. The rest of the world is now starting to see what the excitement's about.

The results of the discovery were published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B and the news media, always on the alert for good dinosaur discoveries, are playing it up.

[right, the Nothronychus graffami stood 13 feet tall and had 9-inch long claws. Illustration byVictor Leshyk. Credit, Museum of Northern Arizona]

The exhibit Therizinosaur: Mystery of the Sickle-Claw Dinosaur, will run until this September then move to the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa.

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