Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Dinosaur Expert Puts Down The Tools And Hits The Books

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One prolific paleontologist is digging his new academic digs.

Dinomummy (Kingfisher), by Dr. Phillip Manning, details the discovery of a rare, mummified dinosaur named Dakota by a teenager named Tyler Lyson in the Badlands National Park near his North Dakota hometown.

And now that Lyson’s fantastic fossilized find has sent him to Yale University to study the supersized species, Lyson says he’s enjoying his new academic digs – mostly.

Lyson says, “Intellectually, it’s very stimulating, but it can be tough not being out in the field. I always know that when the snow melts I’ll be back out there.”

While Lyson would rather be digging in the dirt, he understands the sedate side of science.

He says, “We found this great dinosaur, but now we need to sit down and write papers. You need to be peer reviewed – that’s how science works. Otherwise I could just be making things up and saying ‘This is the greatest thing ever.’”

Dinomummy hits shelves today (Dec. 4), and a TV special called Dakota airs this Sunday (Dec. 9) on the National Geographic channel.

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