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Host: This is Rubin Carolinii, who for years spend his weekends away from his job as an automechanic wandering the hills and the oil of Yukon’s Badlands searching for fossils.
In 1993, he was working the trail with some small bones he spotted lower in a wash and found one of the most significant discoveries made to that date in the region. In this small depression paleontologist Rodolfo Coria who’s now working at the Aca Mahuida site on earth with Robin himself of course, the largest carnivore ever with nearly 70% of the bones including this articulated skull bones recovered.
Coria named the dinosaur giganotosaurus carolinii after the unassuming amateur dinosaur detected who laid the first discovery. A scale model of the giganotosaurus is on display in Coria’s Carmen Funes Museum in Plaza Huincol. It’s a breathtaking and an aspiring creature.
The recovered fossilized bones of the giganotosaurus all 70% of them are either on display in The Valley of the Dinosaurs Museum in El Chocon or in the Preparatory Lab being ready for display. the Valley of the Dinosaurs Museum is just a few kilometers from where Carolinii first discovered his giganotosaurus. Rubin Carolinii retired from auto repair, has become a fixture here following the celebrity of his discovery. He often finds himself posing for photos with visitors in front of the massive model head of the giganotosaurus.
The community is very proud of their local hero and his discovery. Rubin works closely with museum paleontologist Edith Simon on a variety of projects connected with the museum. More than just another pretty face as Rubin put it he’s also part of the museum’s field team exploring and excavating new fossil sites. The entire village of El Chocon is behind their efforts and provides them the funds and support including this antique but beautifully restored vintage army four-wheel drive truck to carry on their work.
Its early fall now in Patagonia so work outside is closing down the season. El Chocon team is on the way to a site they’ve been working recently. The exposed fossils have been excavated and wrapped in what is called the field jacket which is a covering of paper and wire reinforced plastic. The fossils are very hard but also brittle, so the field jacket will protect them from the rough ride to the lab.
This particular site is on of the sauropod puzzles which they believed and of course hope maybe a new specie of the tantosaurus.
Edith Simon: These field jackets contain a material from a sauropod. It’s a sauropod we found in February. We had a problem because the material was so big. We had to cover the fossils with the chicken wire and then another layer of paper material to cover the fossils completely. We do this in order to protect the fossils for safe transport to the laboratory in these field jackets. We’ll see how safe when we get to the lab.
Host: This is the part of the field work that requires expertise more in engineering and trucking than anything else. These fossils with the added weight of the wiring, paper and plastic, only 1000 to 2000 pounds so it’s no small task getting them retrieve d from the field. This work is all done during the summer months.
When winter comes Edith and her crew spend their days preparing the fossils for examination, identification, to confirm if they have discovered a new specie or sub-specie of sauropod. They also inventory and store the pieces with the hope of assembling and up to create a display in the shape of their dinosaur.
Female: This is the museum storing room. It’s in a precarious condition but there is a short term project first modification. The material that we have at this moment is stored on these shelves. On this shelf we have a very important material. This is a part of a giganotosaurus carolinii. It’s skull and a most valuable and important part is teeth. As it can be seen, the teeth have a covertly form with tips pointing toward the rear with the system of teeth on both edges. The longest teeth are 23 centimeters long. This fantastic material is unique in the world and has been steadied respectively by paleontologist, doctors Salgado and Rodolfo Coria from Comahue University and the Museum Carmon Funes.
The material on your videotape was found with the material you have already seen. We are planning to display this material at the museum exhibition room. We’re deciding this week which give you the best way to make these materials accessible to the public in an aesthetic and secure manner since both conditions have to be fulfilled. There are other very fragile material kept in boxes.
Host: In the valley of the dinosaurs along the shore of El Chocon’s large reservoir, there’s other evidence of the great beast passage. Another piece of the fossil or note, in the symphony of 0636 that helps paleontologists creates the story of the dinosaurs. 0644 or tracks fossilized the dinosaur tracks, both of herbivorous and carnivorous can be found here, a remarkable footprints from 18 million years ago.
These tracks of have been fenced off and protected with a helpful identifier to show the tracks were left by herbivorous sauropods. Along the lakeshore are many more tracks, some of them from carnivorous. Paleontologist Edith Simon explains, these traces are sauropods prints. The sauropods scientific name is sauropodignos giganteus. There are numerous dinosaur tracks in these areas as you can observe. This area was filled with dinosaur tracks completely filled with tracks.
The dinosaurs left these tracks on fresh money ground, a very soft soil. The prints edge indicates that the soil was in an almost liquid state at the moment the animal stepped here. We can see two different kinds of prints. These are footprints of approximately one year in diameter and these are handprints. 45 to 50 centimeters wide with a kidney shaped showing a rear split. The split is the result of the way the animal stepped on the ground.
In this area we can observe a very interesting thing too superimposed prints. The animal placed his hand first then step on them with his feet. This is the first track and then this is the second, one and then the other. This evidence indicates to us that the animals were commonly moving around not running. We can conclude this by measuring the width and length of the step related to the height of the animal’s hip. This mathematical formula indicates that the animal was possibly walking in this area. This area is very interesting because it indicates that the dinosaurs were moving around very calmly and not running.
Here are two prints left by dinosaur. The first print has been stepped on by a second one, one and then the other. They’re superimposed and present a remarkable edge indicating that the animal stepped in fresh muddy soil.
Host: Our sense of space, distance and reason concludes that it’s likely or certainly possible all the dinosaurs whose live and died within this large oval in Patagonia could easily travel to Aca Mahuida to lay their eggs. Though the discoveries in Argentina are exceptional this vast semi-arid land of Patagonia has revealed just a few notes in what many hoped and believed that eventually be an exceptional symphony of life 18 million years ago.