Oregon Has Two Dinosaurs
with Gregory J. Retallack, PhD, Professor of Geology at the University of Oregon
For many years there have been rumors and informal accounts of Oregon dinosaurs, but until October 2018 no formal account of them in the scientific literature. First to be announced in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology was a toe bone of an ornithopod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous shales near Mitchell in central Oregon. Ornithopods are herbivorous dinosaurs including duckbill dinosaurs, and this one was large at about 17 feet long, but not quite a duckbill. University of Oregon fans will be pleased by the report in the Bulletin of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science of a genuine duckbill, an lambeosaurine from Late Cretaceous sandstone at Cape Sebastian on the southern Oregon coast. In one month Oregon went from zero to two dinosaur finds. Join Dr. Retallack for a compelling story of serendipity for one team and persistence for the other team.