By this time NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine had begun work on the dinosaur eggs article, and Brian Cooley was commissioned to model the embryo. “Brian came one weekend in late October with a briefcase full of clay and binders full of photos of Terry Manning’s eggs,” Charlie recounts. “Phil and Ken arrived on Sunday. They all spent the day examining and naming bones by comparing them with photos and sketches of other dinosaur bones.” They decided that Baby Louie closely resembled a therizinosaur and had many similarities to the embryonic bones uncovered by Terry Manning.

“At the end of the day everyone agreed that we definitely had a theropod baby. Just what kind of theropod is still in contention. Philip is confident that we have enough evidence to say it is a therizinosaur. But Ken Carpenter is still not convinced,” Charlie reports. Research continues with plans for bone work and further tests to see what other evidence there may be.

Charlie and Flo are planning to CT scan other eggs to try to find Louie’s brothers and sisters. “By the way,” they say, “we named Baby Louie after photographer Louie Psihoyos. He has been instrumental in dinosaur research in his own magical way. He is also our friend and neighbor. This is the most exciting time in the field of paleontology in the past hundred years, and we are honored to be a small part of it.”

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