Wishbone Links Species: Gobi Desert Find Indicates Dinosaur Was Bird Ancestor
Fagan, Amy, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
When James Clark was a teen-ager, he stole some window screen and sifted through the sand dunes around Los Angeles to find a shark's tooth.
He has been finding buried treasure ever since.
Mr. Clark's most recent discovery is a dinosaur "furcula," commonly known as a wishbone, found in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The paleontologist and professor of biology at George Washington University in the District discovered the fossil during a 1991 expedition, announced last month in the journal Nature.
The discovery is the first evidence of a wishbone in a Velociraptor, which belongs in a group of dinosaurs believed to be the closest relatives of birds. The …
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Publication information: Article title: Wishbone Links Species: Gobi Desert Find Indicates Dinosaur Was Bird Ancestor. Contributors: Fagan, Amy - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: November 16, 1997. Page number: 8. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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