National Geographic : 1968 Feb
Unearthing a prehistoric giant DEEP in the sun-blis tered badlands of Baja California, a paleontologist wield ing a circular saw wrests an enormous bone from a sand stone shelf. His prize: a tibia, or lower leg bone, of the largest duck billed dinosaur ever reported. Propelled by huge tail and webbed feet, the 16-foot-tall, 50-foot-long vegetarian swam and waded through the swamps of North America 80 million years ago. Aided by a National Geographic Society grant, Dr. William J. Morris, Research Associ ate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, led an eight-man team last summer into the Mexican back country in search of dinosaurs. Months of digging brought to light the nearly complete skeleton. Through terrain too steep for vehicles, the men carried out monster bones and skin im pressions preserved in rocks weighing up to half a ton. Dr. Morris's hard-won discovery of the first dinosaur of its kind found on the Pacific coast proves that these huge creatures once ranged the breadth of North America. Unlocking the time capsule of earth's secrets is but one facet of the wide variety of scientific sleuthing supported by your Society. Share the wonders of past and present with your friends by nominating them for membership.