College plays role in important new dino discovery

Feb 1, 2018

A Heritage College faculty member and a former OHIO doctoral student were on the research team that recently announced a major new dinosaur find from Egypt. Anatomy professor Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., and Eric Gorscak, Ph.D., now a postdoctoral research scientist at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, helped author an internationally collaborative paper just published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, which identifies a new titanosaurian dinosaur that has been christened Mansourasaurus shahinae. The Mansourasaurus discovery shines much-needed light on dinosaurs in Africa during the last days of the dinosaurs – the late Cretaceous era from 100 to 66 million years ago.  

In addition to his research work, Dr. O’Connor also plays a major role in academic affairs at the Heritage College, serving as interim associate dean of academic affairs and directing its clinical presentation curriculum.

Read more about the find on OHIO’s Compass news site.