University of Chicago dinosaur hunters to launch Sahara expedition: images

Aug. 10, 2000

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[1]The expedition at times will need to travel over sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.
This image was taken by University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno during a preliminary trip to the exploration area earlier this summer.

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[2]The remains of a prehistoric crocodile found during Sereno's preliminary trip this summer.
Photo by Paul Sereno.

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[3]More sand dunes in the exploration area.
Photo by Paul Sereno.

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[4]A Tuareg nomad of Niger. Tuareg guides help Sereno's team find dinosaur bones in the Sahara Desert.
Photo by Paul Sereno.

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[5]Mounted cast skeleton of Afrovenator, a predator that grew to a length of 30 feet. Sereno's team discovered Afrovenator in 130-million-year-old sediments during his 1993 expedition to Niger.
Photo by Paul Sereno.

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[6]Mounted cast skeleton of Jobaria, a plant-eater, which grew to a length of 70 feet, measured 15 feet high at the hip and weighed 20 tons. Sereno first encountered remains of Jobaria during his 1990 expedition to Niger. Jobaria represents an ancient lineage of sauropod dinosaurs that survived and flourished only in Africa during the Cretaceous Period 135 million years ago.
Photo by Hans Larsson.

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[7]Mounted cast skeleton of Suchomimus, the most complete known specimen of a peculiar group of fish-eating predators called spinosaurs that lived 100 million years ago. Sereno's team discovered Suchomimus during the 1997 expedition to Niger.
Photo by Paul Sereno.

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[8]A close-up of the long, narrow skull of the fish-eating Suchomimus.
Photo by Paul Sereno.

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