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Official Dinosaur of Texas to be Changed-To be the Paluxysaurus Jonesi (Mentions Glen Rose)

8 January 2009 at 9:18:34 AM

Wrote about this last in 2007.  In THIS Texas Lege session, Charles Geren has introduced a bill to replace the WRONG dinosaur with the RIGHT one. Here's the resolution.  HCR 16

WHEREAS, Texas has become world famous for its many dinosaur  discoveries; and
          WHEREAS, To honor the prehistoric reptiles that long ago  resided in the state, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 57 of the  75th Texas Legislature named Brachiosaur Sauropod, Pleurocoelus,  as the official Lone Star State Dinosaur; this designation was  based on evidence that supported the presence of the dinosaur  Pleurocoelus in Texas; and
          WHEREAS, Subsequently, the fossilized bones that were  thought to be Pleurocoelus have been properly identified as a new  species named Paluxysaurus jonesi; the identification was made by  Peter Rose during his graduate studies at Southern Methodist  University, and his findings have been widely accepted by other  scientists since being published in 2007; and
          WHEREAS, The dinosaur is named for the town of Paluxy in Hood  County and for the Paluxy River, both of which are near the Jones  Ranch site where the fossils of this species were discovered; and
          WHEREAS, Paluxysaurus jonesi inhabited the earth  approximately 95 to 112 million years ago, and these sauropods left  behind a rich record of their existence; in addition to the bone  fossils, evidence of the species exists in dinosaur footprints that  have been found throughout the state; the most famous of these  trackways runs along the Paluxy River and its tributaries, not far  from the Jones Ranch site; many of these footprints can be viewed at  Dinosaur Valley State Park, near the town of Glen Rose; and
          WHEREAS, The bones and tracks reveal the massive scale of  Paluxysaurus; it is estimated that the dinosaur measured 70 feet  long and 12 feet high at the shoulder, and weighed as much as 20  tons; and
          WHEREAS, Paluxysaurus continues to be the subject of  important paleontological research; a major dinosaur project is  ongoing at the Jones Ranch site, with the work being led by the Fort  Worth Museum of Science and History in partnership with Southern  Methodist University; moreover, a public exhibit of the bones of  Paluxysaurus jonesi is planned for the museum; and
          WHEREAS, Through the insightful work of Texas-based  scientists, the tracks and bones of the large quadrupedal sauropod  found in the Lone Star State are now clearly known to be those of the 
   species Paluxysaurus jonesi rather than Pleurocoelus; and
          WHEREAS, Given the importance of the paleontological  discoveries that have taken place in Texas, it is indeed  appropriate that the designation of our state dinosaur keep pace  with the latest scientific research; now, therefore, be it
          RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas  hereby designate Paluxysaurus jonesi as the official Lone Star  State Dinosaur, replacing Brachiosaur Sauropod, Pleurocoelus.

Here's a link to the paper from Rose   I was amused by the title about this on the FW Star-Telegram Politex blog.

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1 - Tommy Herr   14 Feb 2009 @ 7:45:20 PM  Having worked at the state park for a couple of years as a park ranger i was shocked to find just how big the subject of dinosaurs are. throw in the issue of evolution via creation museum and the tracks in that river take on another huge topic. do you know if anyone has ever tried taking some form of sonar pictures to find tracks that have not been exposed? i live near the tracks, having land that borders the park. it would be exciting to find a way to discover tracks using some form of sonar photography. also, have you ever looked at the tracks in the dry creek bed not far from track site #2? the creek bed is actually up stream from the small river crossing for park vehicles located upstream from track site #2. that area looks like it would expose the next great find in the park if we have to wait on mother nature to show us whats there!

2 - salon   15 Feb 2009 @ 9:13:51 AM 

@Tommy - that's very interesting. Since you worked in the park, what was the attitude about doing excavations, ie, digging some more versus leaving like it was?

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3 - Tommy Herr   19 May 2009 @ 1:37:44 AM 

Hello salon,

excavation is not allowed in the park. 

the park is protected from digs or any other kind of destruction, preserving the tracks for many years.

turns out, the river itself does a great job of washing away some of the bank each year and exposing new tracks for visitors to enjoy.

if we were allowed to excavate, exposing  the tracks, the river would destroy  them during the spring floods.

the exposed tracks only last a few years, wearing away from exposure.

approved personnel have  logged  information about the tracks when the river is dry during late summer. types, size, etc...

the parks and wildlife take alot of pride and care in the tracks. 

those who criticize the parks rules dont care about the tracks.

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