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Miscellaneous Dino News
From: Ben Creisler firstname.lastname@example.org
A few news items that might be of interest:
Russian Dinosaur Exhibit in Sacramento--a story from the
Sacramento Bee with photos:
Berkeley Feathered Dinosaur Exhibit rescheduled.
Planned for March 3 - May 28, 2001, but the UCMP online
newsletter mentions a delayed start date to be announced
Evidence of Massive Volcanism at End of Permian.
Pterosaur Design Studied to Build Flapping Ornithopter.
Researchers planning to build a machine that flies by
flapping see pterosaur wings as more practical than bird
wings as a model. NOTE: This story is from the Science
magazine website and needs a password to be read on some
Dinosaurs to Get Ribbing
I attended a lecture by John Rensberger at the Burke
Museum here in Seattle last week--he recently had a paper
in Nature about the microstructure of dinosaur bone,
showing that ornithomimids and modern birds have very
similar growth patterns with rapid bone replacement. He
mentioned plans to study a wider variety of dinosaurs,
including T. rex. He will use rib bones from now on since
researchers in charge of specimens don't consider ribs of
much diagnostic value and are willing to see them sliced
and ground down--a fate to be avoided for precious skulls
and limb bones!