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Fossils of huge new meat-eating
dinosaur found in Argentina

NEW YORK (AP) -- An amateur
fossil hunter has discovered what may
be the biggest meat-eating dinosaur
known, a fearsome beast that looked
like the longtime record-holder Tyran-
nosaurus rex.
The creature was 41 to 43 feet long
and weighed 6 to 8 tons when it roamed
the grasslands of what is now Argen-
tina, scientists estimate.
It lived about 100 million years ago,
or about 30 million years before T. rex
appeared, said paleontologist Rodolfo
Coria of the Carmen Funes Museum in
Neuquen, Argentina.
A bone-by-bone comparison with
remains of the largest known specimen
of T. rex suggests that the newfound
creature was slightly longer and maybe
three tons heavier, said Coria, who re-
ported the fossil find with an Argentine
colleague in the most recent issue of the
journal Nature.
"This is a monstrous animal," said
University of Chicago paleontologist
Paul Sereno, who has examined the
newfound fossils. "It's probably a bit
bigger than T. rex."
Scientists are uncertain how big T.
rex got. Estimates range from about 40
to 50 feet.

The initial fossil find was made by a
local auto mechanic who hunts dino-
saur bones as a hobby. In honor of the
discoverer, Ruben Carolini, the huge
dinosaur has been named
Giganotosaurus carolinii.
Scientists have recovered about 70
percent of the skeleton, including parts
of the 5-foot-long skull, most of the
vertebrae, both thigh bones and curved,
serrated teeth about 8 inches long. With-
out a complete skeleton scientists can
only estimate the creature's size.
The creature ran on its hind legs and
probably had rather small arms, Coria
said in a telephone interview. Just what
it ate in its environment, which re-
sembled the African savanna, is a mys-
tery, he said.
Despite the overall similarity in ap-
pearance to T. rex, Giganotosaurus was
not closely related to it, and the two
beasts arose independently, Coria said.
T. rex lived in North America, and
there was no land bridge from South
America that could have let
Giganotosaurus or its descendants move
north to become ancestors of T. rex,
Sereno said.
Jack Horner, curator ofpaleontology
at the Museum of the Rockies in

his is a
monstrous ,animal
It's probably a bit
bigger than X3 rex,
Paul Sereno
University of Chicago
Bozeman, Mont., said comparing the
sizes of Giganotosaurus and T. rex is
tricky because dinosaurs grew continu-
ously until they died, rather than stop-
ping at some adult length.
"I don't care who's bigger. That's
not the interesting question," he said.
More important will be finding out
whether Giganotosaurus was a hunter
or a scavenger, he said. T. rex is usually
considered a hunter, but Horner has
suggested it was a scavenger.
In any case, fossils of a meat-eating
dinosaur from North Africa suggest a
beast that was bigger than T. rex, he
said. No analysis of those bones has
been published, he said.

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will court women - urban profession-
als and young, active mothers - in a
$100 million advertising blitz to intro-
duce the second generation of its flag-
ship family sedan, the Taurus.
The automaker expects women to com-
prise up to 60 percent ofthe buyers of the
1996 Taurus, a rounder, larger version of
what has been the best-selling car in
America for three consecutive years.
Forty-nine percent of 1995 Taurus
buyers were women. Ford says research
shows they increasingly are the show-
room decision-maker.
The Taurus ads unveiled yesterday
mix discussion of the car's new styling
and design features with a heavy dose
of "lifestyle" images, intended to pro-
mote the midsize car as a stylish but
technically advanced family hauler.
A series of 30- and 60-second televi-
sion spots to begin airing Oct. 1 are full
of young women, couples and children
moving about their Tauruse as a musi-
cal theme, "Making the Dream Come
True," plays in the background.
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son agency actually began Sunday with
shorter, "teaser" ads on radio and televi-
sion featuring the same theme music.
Woman-targeted print ads will ap-
pear next month in several women's
magazines, including Better Homes and
Gardens, Elle, Vanity Fair, Cosmopoli-.
tan and Glamour.
One of those ads features two women
in business suits walking amid sky-
scrapers and ashiny, red Taurus. Though
the ad mentions practical design as-
pects, such as solar glass and an engine
that doesn't need a tuneup for 100,000
miles, style gets the most emphasis: It
says the car has an "exciting new look
that isn't retro anything."
Ford also is hoping to attract more
import buyers to the new Taurus, in
addition to the 3.3 million current Tau-
rus owners who eventually will be look-
ing to trade in their cars.
"We can't walk away from those
people," said Gerry Donnelly, Ford's
national advertising manager. "But our
goal is to expand it and get some import
owners, people who are driving Honda
Accords and Toyota Camrys."

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Oakland Tribune to run manifesto

Oakland Tribune, citing local interest
in the story, will run the full text of the
Unabomber's manifesto today in a
The decision came as newsstands
around the San Francisco Bay area
reported a deluge of requests for
Tuesday's Washington Post, which
carried the 35,000-word manuscript
in an agreement with The New York
The Tribune will run an extra 10,000
or so copies with the eight-page supple-

ment, said Dave Burgin, editor and chief
of the Alameda Newspaper Group, the
paper's parent company.
The treatise was available yesterday
on the Internet at Time Warner's World
Wide Web home page.
"We are not doing it for those rea-
sons," Burgin said. "This is a local story
- the Unabomber may live and work
in this area, and much of the investiga-
tion is in the East Bay."
The address for Time Warner's
Pathfinder home page is: http:/
www.pathfinder. corn.

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