(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.