In fall 1997, paleontologist Paul Sereno
from the University of Chicago, led an
expedition to explore a remote
part of the Sahara, Nigers Ténéré Desert. Fossils from this area provide evidence of the plants and animals
that thrived in Africa a hundred million years ago.
Serenos team scoured the desert in
temperatures that reached 120°F (48.8°C)
and unearthed 25 tons of boneincluding
the remains of a new long-snouted,
big-clawed, fish-eating dinosaur
they named Suchomimus,
the crocodile mimic.
A Suchomimus model was on display through November 29, 1998, at Explorers Hall. Beginning December 10, it can be seen at Chicago Childrens Museum. Couldnt make it to D.C. to see the model and fossils of this exciting new discovery? View our photo gallery (right).