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Re: The "Monster von Minden" leaves its traces
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Super *.saur track
Sensation: Giant lizard impression discovered in the Wiehengebirge [some
"mountain" range or other]
By Nicole Sielermann
Bad Oeynhausen / Hüllhorst. "Great impression", enthuses the expert Dr Peter
Lanser. And the layman is delighted: "Three toes, claws and the round heel
[hah] are wonderfully recognizable", jubilates Wilhelm Brandhorst. This was
what the 58-year-old hobby geologist has dreamed about for his lifetime. His
find of the footprint of a *.saur of prey on the gap in the dam [or is
Wallücke a place name?] between Bad Oeynhausen and Hille is considered in
expert circles as a small sensation.
While going for a walk as so often, the [man] from Hüllhorst discovered the
boulder with the impression. "Probably gravel has moved and swept the stone
with it", he explains. Brandhorst reacted immediately: "I immediately
covered the impression with gravel, so that nobody else would find it and
take it away." The hiding place was good -- so good that, two days later, he
nearly wouldn't have found the stone again himself. "That's simply a dream,
to find such an impression", the [man] from Hüllhorst still enthuses days
after the find.
"A *.saur of prey from the Jurassic Time", the hobby geologist classifies
the find after the first look. And finds agreement from Peter Lanser, custos
of the Westfälisches Museum für Naturkunde in Münster: "In its size it
resembles the foot of our *Allosaurus* skeleton." The ~ 35 cm foot length
let one conclude 13 m body length and 3 1/2 t weight, he says.
The round heel [sic], three toes and even the claws can be recognized in the
impression on the stone. "No piece is distorted there", praises Brandhorst.
And when the last pieces of foreign material will cautiously have flaked off
[?], the quality would become even better, he says. "Presumably there's
still an entire track horizon, an entire trace [?] hidden at the site",
Peter Lanser expects. But this would probably only become visible if gravel
got sliding off again.
After years [!] of stiffness/rigidity [probably: not having moved], the
remains of the *.saur is now starting their last journey: they will be
measured in Münster, compared to other finds and will finally end up at
their probably very last rest in the museum.