Atlascopcosaurus named in honor of support
In recognition of the material support provided for decades of archaeological research in Victoria, Australia, a significant dinosaur find was named in honor of the company: Atlascopcosaurus.
Almost half the fossils collected at Dinosaur Cove belonged to small, two-legged dinosaurs, including two species that were new discoveries. One of the dinosaurs identified is officially named
. “Loadsi” refers to the Atlas Copco manager in Victoria who agreed to support the project, Bill Loads.
The Atlas Copco equipment used at the dig included:
- two compressors,
- rock drills of various sizes,
- air-powered breakers of various sizes,
- oil bottles, air hoses, and all the other bits and pieces needed to put the air tools together.
Thomas H. Rich, Museum Victoria’s Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, has been one of the key researchers at Dinosaur Cove, leading hundreds of volunteer students at the site. He says he is grateful for the support Atlas Copco has provided and impressed with the reliability of the equipment.
“ In the 1 000 working days that the two compressors combined put in, there was only one instance where one broke down. It was because of that record of reliability that when much later in 2007, I excavated an experimental tunnel to recover dinosaurs from permafrost on the North Slope of Alaska, I insisted on having Atlas Copco equipment to do the job.”