Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 15 Jan 1925 page 1
Manitoba Scientist finds world’s largest dinosaur
Prof WE Cutler Makes big find in East Africa
Local man leading scientific Expedition for British Museum
Dinosaur located in Tendaguru Field
Prof WE Cutler of the faculty of the University of Manitoba, now leading a research expedition in British East Africa has found the largest dinosaur skeleton ever discovered, according to word received in Winnipeg today.
Prof Cutler’s scientific explorations are being conducted on behalf of the British Museum near Tendaguru, 69 miles north of Lindi, in Africa, where German scientists, before the War, found specimens of skeletons of gigantic pre-historic reptiles.
Prof Cutler left Winnipeg about eight months ago, going first to England, and sailing from there for Africa. He had as chief assistant Mr. LSR Leakey, a Kenya-born Cambridge student, who preceded him to Africa to handle the transport and make general arrangements for the expedition.
Leakey back in London
Mr. Leakey has now returned to London with specimens, photographs and the story of the results to date.
Prof Cutler’s party took up the exploration work where the German scientists left off, and it is the opinion of members of the group now that the field work at Lindi had only been touched by the earlier efforts.
The dinosaur skeleton, parts of which the party has located, is from eight to 10 million years old, according to Prof Cutler’s opinion. It has a probably height of 20 feet and an estimated length of 80 feet. A shoulder blade, the largest bone so far unearthed, measured 74 inches across and needed 16 men to lift it.
A femur measuring 65 inches and a tibia of 54 inches are among the other bones reclaimed.
Hundreds of dinosaur bones are being dug up by Prof Cutler, and discoveries of vast importance to the scientific world are expected shortly.
The presence of the giant reptiles at the spot at Tendaguru is attributed to drowning. The subsoil there is soft clay. In long forgotten ages it was, Prof Cutler believes, on the shore of the sea beside which the dinosaurs wandered in herds. Now and then one would step into clay too yielding for such a huge animal, sink and smother to death.
Prof Cutler, before he undertook the expedition, was laboratory assistant in the geological branch at Manitoba University.
He first came into prominence through his discoveries of fossil vertebrae in the Red River Valley.
Finds skeleton of big reptile
Prof WE Cutler
Prof Cutler, who is conducting the scientific explorations for the British Museum in East Africa, has found the “Largest Dinosaur” skeleton in history, Winnipeg friends learned today.