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Heritage College anatomists contribute to
major dinosaur find

(ATHENS, Ohio — Sept. 9, 2014) Faculty from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are playing an important role in a discovery that’s making big news in the world of paleontology and beyond – the unearthing of the fossil remains of a new species of dinosaur.

Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., professor of anatomy, and Nancy Stevens, Ph.D., professor of functional morphology and vertebrate paleontology, are co-authors of a recently published paper confirming that bones found in a cliff wall in Tanzania come from a new species of large dinosaur. The discovery was announced by the National Science Foundation Sept. 8, and has made news in media outlets including The New York Times.

In addition to their research work, O’Connor and Stevens also play major roles in academic affairs at the Heritage College, directing the college’s two curriculum tracks.

The paper’s lead author was Ohio University biological sciences doctoral student Eric Gorscak. Eric Roberts, Ph.D., of James Cook University in Australia also was a co-author of the paper, published this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Read more about this story on Ohio University’s research communications Web site.

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