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INTRODUCTION…

Versions of this overview of the 2000 Expedition to Niger first appeared on Project Exploration's "Dinosaur Expedition 2000" web site.

WRITTEN by GABRIELLE LYON and PAUL SERENO
PHOTOGRAPHY by MIKE HETTWER, unless otherwise noted.


Paul works on the Suchomimus site
long after the sun has begun to set.

Imagine leaving all you are familiar with to spend four months in the heart of the world's largest desert looking for dinosaurs and fossils. Imagine bringing 14 people; two and a half tons of equipment, medical supplies and food; five Land Rovers; a life-sized replica of a 27-foot long skeleton; and everything you need to make a major fossil discovery with you. Imagine what the last few days are like before you depart on the expedition…

Niger's Sahara Desert preserves some of the richest dinosaur-bearing rocks in the world and our expedition team of students and professionals had been planning the trip for more than a year.


Click on the photograph to meet the team

The primary goal of our expedition was to find out what kinds of animals lived on Africa during the Cretaceous period, the last chapter of the dinosaur era and to work with the government of Niger to survey and map fossil sites in some of the richest areas of the desert.

Filling out the skeleton of Sarcosuchus was just one of the accomplishments of the 2000 Expedition to Niger. During four months in the field we collected more than 20 tons of fossils during the expedition.

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In This Section
* From the Dinosaur Expedition 2000 web site

ALL ABOUT THE NIGER 2000 EXPEDITION

Discoveries to Date
Just three-weeks into fieldwork the team's discoveries include skeletal remains of Sarcosuchus - along with a wide range of animals, and even plants!

*Base Camp
Background information & documents from the expedition that unearthed Sarcosuchus

DISCOVERY STORIES FROM THE FIELD

*Chris' Great Day!
A discovery story for young people

*First Finds
9/4/01 Field Update

includes a story about the discovery of Sarcosuchus fossils.

*A Small Croc
10/14/01 Field Update

includes a story about the discovery of a new small crocodile

WHAT IT TAKES TO DIG UP A DISCOVERY

Bone Digger's Special
Tips on What it Takes to Excavate (From the Chinese-American Dinosaur Expedition 2001 web site)
 
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