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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 1999
SDSM& T FACULTY MEMBER TO BE FOCUS OF DISCOVERY
NEWS PROGRAM TO AIR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1999
Gordon L. Bell, Assistant Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), will be thrown into the national spotlight as Discovery News airs a program Friday, November 5, 1999 about his discovery of a female mosasaur first identified three years ago.
While working at a field dig site near Chamberlain, Bell and Dr. Amy Sheldon of the Graduate School of Physical Therapy at the University of Mobile ( Alabama), discovered the mosasaur – the first female mosasaur with fetus ever to be excavated.
In the past when mosasaurs have been discovered, scientists were unable to determine the sex of the animal. Bell and Sheldon were able to classify their find as a female because they discovered it was carrying a fetus. As of this fall, four fetus’ have been identified, and there could be more!
The Discovery News program will show interview segments with both Bell, and Dr. James Martin, Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering, and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Museum of Geology.
For more information about the research efforts at the Museum of Geology, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554.
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