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Thanks to one of our subscribers, I've discovered the story behind the
large feathered dinosaur. Not as interesting as one might hope...
However, in digging it up, I stumbled across something else which
might be of interest. The following information was posted in
post 1 (Message-ID: <email@example.com>):
Did anyone hear about a 'dinosaur' remains washed up on a beach
in Russia somewhere a couple of days ago. I heard an article on
BBC Radio that lasted all of 10 seconds and that's the only
mention made of the subject in this part on the world anyway.
Has anyone else got any info on this? Guy.
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There were a couple of followups, but these three seemed to be the most
appropriate for a summary:
post 2 (Message-ID: <ef$hk0rCr2l8071yn@oslonett.no>):
I gave it a cursory glance. <g> It was in the morning paper but I
have that at work. If no one beats me to it, I'll post it (with
a reasonable attempt at translation from norwegian to english).
post 3 (same author, see signature below -- MR
ARCTIC RUSSIAN CREATURE
News agency ITAR-TASS reports that the remains of an unknown
creature was washed ashore on the russian north coast. The
creature is reported to be 12 meters lang and 1.5 meters broad,
was covered by either feathers or wool and reminded of the
creature in Loch Ness.
Experts from the marine biological institute in Murmansk
received the report with scepcism (sp?) but will be sending
scientists to examine the creature.
James Huang ** Scandpower A/S ** PO Box 3 ** N-2007 Kjeller ** Norway
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post 4 (written by email@example.com "David Wilcox"
According to a later BBC news it was a Sperm Whale!
Sorry about the false alarm. In any case, while I was looking for the
above, I also saw (apologies if this has been mentioned here before,
but it didn't look familiar to me):
post 5 (by Resinfo@resinfo.demon.co.uk "Resinfo"
MARTIN SIMPSON is trying to raise 10,000 to buy Spike the
Polacanthus and keep him on the Isle of Wight. So far he has been
promised L3,000 and is looking to private companies, universities
or seriously rich dinosaur fanatics to provide the
remainder. News agencies are keen to promote the story, which
will benefit a potential sponsor or benefactor seeking publicity.
Spike the dinosaur was obtained in March this year on a legal dig
with the permission of the landowner. The finder, Mrs Lin
Spearpoint, wants to sell the fossil but is anxious that it stays
on the Isle of Wight so she can continue to be involved in the
restoration work. Spike has been valued at L 20,000 by the local
museum, but as Martin is a co-owner he only has to raise half to
own the whole! Then all he has to do is build a dinosaur museum
So, does anyone out there have any ideas how a company may
benefit from dinosaur publicity? Building society helps find a
home for dinosaur maybe? Is there an English equivalent of Steven
Please, all comments welcome...
and to Fosman@resinfo.demon.co.uk
****SPONSOR SOUGHT FOR DINOSAUR****
>>>L10,000 is required to prevent a unique dinosaur being lost to
Polacanthus foxi is a very rare, armoured vegetarian dinosaur
from the Isle of Wight. In March 1994 a third example, the most
complete yet, was discovered by amateur collector Lin Spearpoint
and was nicknamed 'Spike'. Local palaeontologist Martin Simpson
organised a dig with Lin and became co-owner of the 4,000 odd
pieces of bone. Since March 'Spike' has caused a lot of
excitement amongst palaeontologists worldwide. 'Spike' has been
'marketed' by Martin on T.V. and in the local and national press.
The skeleton has even appeared on Blue Peter and more recently
has been featured in the Independent Sunday Review. All summer
the dinosaur has been on show at Blackgang Chine Theme Park, one
of the Islands top tourist attractions, where visitors have
watched its discoverers begin the process of cleaning the fossil
Lin now wishes to sell her share of the dinosaur. Martin's plan
is to buy her out and make 'Spike' the centrepiece of a large
exibition of fossils at Blackgang. By keeping 'Spike' on the
Island and establishing a display of museum status, this dinosaur
will be available to tourists, Islanders and scientists alike.
Martin, 35, is well known for his unconventional approach to the
subject, which has attracted considerable media attention. A
blend of 'scholar and salesman', he makes his living by running a
fossil shop and by organising fossil hunts for school parties and
tourists. Martin has now set himself a task of raising 10,000 to
buy the Polacanthus, and is seeking private sponsorship. He is
offering the relevant company a chance of national press and
T.V. coverage, with an opportunity for further publicity by way
of an association with the dinosaur. Martin has future plans to
appear again with 'Spike' on Blue Peter and Tomorrow's World, and
is confident that a private company would benefit from the short
term sponsorship deal.
Looking ahead it is estimated that the cleaning process and
mounting of the skeleton will take 3 years, during which time
there will be further opportunities for publicity. The Isle of
Wight has now become known as *DINOSAUR *ISLAND* and will surely
take advantage of its unique fossil heritage in the future.
Martin has big plans to be part of the dinosaur scene.
Mickey Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org)