Denver paleontologist finds new dinosaur species
DENVER — A curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science says he has found fossilized bones of a new dinosaur species in a Madagascar cliff.
Joseph Sertich, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the museum, tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/ZHqW3U ) he excavated the vertebrae and ribs of Dahalokely tokana (“dah-HAH-loo-KAY-lee too-KAH-nah”) near the city of Antsiranana in 2007 and 2010.
It took several years, but Sertich says a research team was able to confirm a new species.
He says the dinosaur would have been between 9 and 14 feet long and lived about 90 million years ago. That period of time is significant because it helps fill a gap in the fossil record.
Sertich says it’s unclear if the bones will be displayed.
The name Dahalokely tokana means “lonely small bandit” in the Malagasy language.