Scientist Discovers 48 New Species from Dinosaur Age

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Over the last 4 years Dr. Steve Sweetman has discovered many ancient species previously unknown to humans. He has unearthed and identified eight dinosaurs, many reptiles and six very small mammals – all from the time of the dinosaurs. One of the dinosaur fossils is a type of velociraptor that he measured as 6 meters in length.

He was fascinated by fossils and dinosaurs from the age of four, and had collected specimens from mud on the Isle of Wight as a teen, but later stowed away his interest for a business career. After following a more conventional path, he returned to his zeal for digging up fossils and was offered a paid doctoral student position in paleontology at the University of Portsmouth. After completing his studies he accepted a position as a research associate, which he currently holds.

His method is to dig up buckets of mud from ancient river beds and pond bottoms and haul truckloads of it back to his farm where he dries it, and sifts through the dirt to find small bone fragments. He said of this process:

“In the very first sample I found a tiny jaw of an extinct newt-sized, salamander-like amphibian and then new species just kept coming.”

So far his diligence has yielded more discoveries than many preceding years of research by scores of scientists. A colleague from the University of Portsmouth, Dr. Martill, has remarked upon Dr. Sweetman’s success:

“Steve has become internationally recognised as a leading expert in his field and has many more exciting discoveries yet to be announced. He has already discovered 48 new species and he hasn’t even started on the fish.”

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