Uncovering a Mystery One Layer at a Time

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With each piece of dirt dusted away, these paleontologists are closer to uncovering a mystery.
 
“There’s her shoulder blade so that’s her shoulder,” paleontologist, Chris Flis said. “And then her rib cage, you can see all of the long bones there.”
 
Flis, along with Tracy Houpt and Leigh Cook are leading a team of paleontologist at the Craddock Bone Bed in Seymour, Texas. 
 
In the last six months they’ve discovered four complete skeletons of Dimetrodon’s who roamed these lands 50-million years before dinosaurs.
 
“You can see more skeleton’s there, more bone’s and spine’s there,” Flis said. “There’s skull’s here. So the big question is why these animals died at the same time, how many animals were living here in biodiversity. That’s the question there…and we’re already seeing that there’s a lot.”
 
Flis and his team have uncovered 15 different genre in this relatively small fossil bed.
 
“So that tells you another thing,” Flis said. “The ecosystem was extremely healthy. Very, very healthy. Every body is taking what they need and surviving and then all of the sudden…they all die. Just like that.”
 
Flis has theory’s about what may have caused their demise 287 Million years ago, but even that gets altered each day, as the team unearths new finds.
 
“The big study for us: you see all of these beds, you see the layers that go all the way down,” Flis said. “Each one of those layers is a page out of this book, telling you what was going on in the life of this ecosystem.”
 
Each day the team gets closer to the end of that so-called book and will one day be able to identify the variation’s of Dimetrodon, and what exactly they looked like.
 
Ultimately, shedding more light on this pre-dino carnivore and what once called this part of Texoma home.
 
The team has been working to dig up these fossil’s for six months and hopes to finish extracting the complete skeleton’s sometime this summer. 

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