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Re: the Benevento theropod is named!
Tom Holtz wrote:
<I would like the opportunity to be the first to publically call it
Skippy the Dinosaur. :-)>
I agree. Skippy's just a great name for this little dino, and too
obvious to pass up. I was putting on headphones, and saw Beri's
illustration of the dino (great pic, Beri!) and I thought "Skippy". I've
caught the name, I guess.
PRESERVATION OF SKIPPY'S GUTS
Chris Nedin wrote:
<Exceptional preservation such as this depends on a carefully maintained
microenvironment in order to precipitate the calcium phosphate and
calcium carbonate necessary to preserve soft tissue.
Thus only the internal 'soft' tissues will decay rapidly enough to
produce enough acid plus dissolved phosphate levels to allow soft
tissue mineralisation. The outer tissues will loose acidity and
phosphate concentration to the external environment and will not
preserve soft tissues.>
What is the process for the preservation of integument as Archie's and
Protarchaeopteryx feathers and Sinosauropteryx's protofeathers, and even
all the others with such preservation? They all, apparently, came from
lagoon deposits except the Yixian specimens.
Jaime A. Headden
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