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1977 Press Photo Robert Dawley, Ellen Ball

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Caption: Robert Dawley holds the dinosaur calf bone as Ellen Ball, another member of the expedition, looks on.Students Dig Up Dinosaur, Now To Assemble..BY JUDITH SERRINFree Press Science WriterOne thing bothers Robert Dawley now: What will he do for an encore?There is, after all, a certain burden in being a 24-year-old graduate student going on your first full-scale field trip and helping find remains of what may be the earliest meat-eating dinosaur ever discovered in North America.A lot of paleontology, the study of the life of past geological periods, is pure chance.In a basement office at Wayne State University's Old Main, Dawley will assemble a pre-historic jigsaw puzzle brought back this summer from a remote Wyoming hillside.The completed puzzle will be of a reptile dating to the Upper Triassic Age, the time 180 million to 190 million years ago when the first dinosaurs and the first mammals roamed the world. The animal was six to eight feet tall and 12 to 15 feet long."What makes this exciting," Dawley said, "is it's either the earliest known large carnivorous dinosaur, or it's a highly developed thecodont," a reptile that was an ancestor to dinosaurs.Dawley hopes it will be a dinosaur, he said, because dinosaurs are more interesting.But, he said, "In terms of paleontology, it doesn't really..Please turn to Page 12A, Col. 1.

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