Buried for 106 million years, pieces of a skull came to surface again when married Paleontologists Tom Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich, unearthed the remains of a new, unknown dinosaur. They say that without the equipment from Atlas Copco – thirty years later today – they would probably still be digging through that first layer.
What they found in the cove, in Victoria on Australia’s southern tip – was a piece of a skull with a row of teeth. But the image of a paleontologist with a careful brush and a small handheld hammer, is far away from this story. Tom Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich depended on more powerful equipment for this challenging task. Atlas Copco provided the tools needed. Rock drills, portable compressors and jackhammers made sure they could advance about one meter of tunnel a day and it was worth it.
The new dinosaur was named Atlascopcosaurus, and the nickname Loadsi honors William Loads, who was Atlas Copco’s Southern Regional Manager for Australia at that time. The paleontologists involved in the project witness that although equipment is a huge part – dedication and service is ever so imperative.
Tom Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich are still actively digging in other places. Earlier this year they found another jaw of the Atlascopcosaurus.
“To find a complete skeleton of Atlascopcosaurus that has the head, middle of the body, hind legs and tail, that’s my dream,” said Patricia Vickers-Rich and ends on the note:
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You can find out more about the Atlascopcosaurus, and how it was discovered in this podcast .