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Bernissart Iguanodon excavations



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Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2004 08:52:08 -0600
From: Gerhard Maier <maierger@telus.net>
Subject: Bernissart Iguanodon excavations
To: dinosaur@usc.edu

For anyone interested in the history of dinosaur excavations, I can
highly recommend the following:

"Dinosaurier-Skelette als Kriegsziel: Kulturgutraubplanungen,
Besatzungspolitik und die deutsche Palaeontologie in Belgien im Ersten
Weltkrieg" Roolf, Christoph 2004, Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
27, p. 5 - 26.

This is the first detailed discussion of the efforts of
palaeontologist Otto Jaekel to restart excavation at the Bernissart
Iguanodon site between 1915 and 1918.  A new mine shaft was sunk, with
the intention of shipping any finds to museums in Berlin, and possibly
Hamburg and Munich.  Extensive research of archival sources has
yielded a fascinating glimpse into the efforts of German scientists in
occupied Belgium.

Gerhard Maier 

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