Ernst Stromer: The Curious Little Bone Hunter

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The Curious Little Bone Hunter
Ernst Stromer was a determined man. He visited the Bahariya Oasis to look for mammal fossils with his pal Richard Markgraf, but he found some other intriguing fossils that captivated him for the rest of his life. Between 1940 and 1944, Stromer identified the bones of Aegyptosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, and the largest known carnivorous dinosaur, Spinosaurus. He also found 42 other types of dinosaurs, fish, crocodiles, and turtles. Ernst Stromer discoveries were not appreciated until after his lifetime, but because of his talent to overcome difficulties and develop scholarly behaviors, he was ultimately recognized by scientists.
Ernst Stromer was born into an aristocratic family in 1870. His full name is Ernst
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He left his friend, Richard Markgraf, behind on the first part of the three part journey to Wadi el Natrun. Stromer went back to Cairo to prepare for the second leg of the trip to Luxor and the eastern slopes of the Nile Valley. He was surprised when Markgraf came back with a small monkey skull, he thought he would find nothing. In Luxor and the Eastern Slopes of the Nile Valley he was unsuccessful again, but he loved the excavations here according to what he wrote in his journal. On the third part, he journeyed to the Bahariya Oasis. This last part of the trip was his main focus of the journey but instead of mammals, he found several species of dinosaurs including Carcharodontosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Aegyptosaurus. Spinosaurus and Aegyptosaurus were the only ones of a kind, but a recent discovery of another Spinosaurus renders only Aegyptosaurus one of a kind. While on the trip he discovered ‘“ three large bones which I attempt to excavate and photograph. The upper extremity is heavily weathered and incomplete but measures 110 cm long and 15 cm thick . The second and better one underneath is probably a femur and is wholly 95 centimeters long and, in the middle, also 15 cm thick. The third is too deep in the ground and will take too much time to recover”’ (pg. 79 in The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt). Stromer made most of his finds at Gebel Del Eist. He had other finds like this and kept wondering how he was going transport these huge fossils. He decided to jacket them with a new American jacketing substance, pack them in 9 big crates, and mail them off to

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