Saturday, February 16, 2008

Mexico Enters the Dinosaur Discussion

Until now, Mexico has pretty much missing from the discussion about dinosaurs. No more. This week, a discovery was announced that puts Mexico on the paleontological map.

New Dinosaur Species Found in Mexico

The new creature, dubbed Velafrons coahuilensis, belonged to a family of duck-billed dinosaurs. Although this fossil was discovered 12 years ago, it has taken researchers over a decade to study the fossil and properly classify it. The research was first published in the December 2007 edition of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. But the press conference wasn't held until this week.

Scientists have dated the fossil to about 72 million years ago, when much of eastern Mexico was still underwater. That would put it in the late Cretaceous period, the last of the three dinosaur eras.

Whenever I read about discoveries like this, I always think to myself, "Isn't the Creator wonderfully artistic?" What a privilege it is to uncover how God did things in the past.

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