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December 21, 2010

Twin Predatory Thief of the [Postdoc] Suarez Sisters

Twin-sister geology postdocs are living the dream of every 5-year-old science geek. A newly established dinosaur species has been named for the two women -- the Suarez sisters -- who discovered the site near Green River, Utah, where the dinosaur remains were discovered, according to a press release from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). To be more precise, the new species was named for the site -- the "Suarez Sisters' Quarry -- which, in turn,  was named for the Suarez sisters.

One of the sisters -- Marina Suarez -- is a postdoc at the Johns Hopkins'  Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  Her sister Celina is a postdoc at Boise State University. The sisters discovered the site while Marina was a Master's degree student at Temple University. Marina earned her doctorate from the University of Kansas. The twins are 29 years old. They are natives of San Antonio, Texas.

The official name of the new dinosaur species is Geminiraptor suarezarum, which, the press release says, means "twin predatory thief of the Suarezes," which doesn't make a lot of sense, but I doubt they're complaining. The press release says "the 6- to 7-foot-long raptor-like dinosaur with large eyes and dexterous claws is thought to have lived about 125 million years ago, according to Utah's Bureau of Land Management."

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