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RE: The small german theropod
If I read the Jura Museum's website correctly, this specimen along with some
other dinosaur material is going to go on exhibition (or already is). Since I
will be visiting there in about week, I will try and take some photos.
>there's an interesting report (in German) at
>"Röntgenstrahlen machen Saurier sichtbar" ("X-Rays make dinosaur visible")
>It concern's the small juvenile theropod found in Bavaria in 1998, which is
>dated at about 150ma.
>According to this report:
>The remains of this theropod are embedded in a slab of limestone, which is
>broken into two parts. It's about 50cm long and 3 cm thick.
>Preparation of the first piece exposed a skull with oversized teeth.
>Conventional X-raying at the Jura-Museum Eichstätt yielded no results. So
>scientists at the Fraunhofer-Institute examined this fossil by using
>This showed that the slab contains only parts of the neck vertebrae and the
>The report also states that this theropod is nicknamed "Borsti" due to
>possesing a putative fur. (The german word "borstig" means bristly).
>I think that it´s a shame that only the skull and some neck vertebrae were
>found. But that's life and the vagaries of fossilization.
>Heinz Peter Bredow