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Re: (the missing story): Feathered fossils cause a flap
For anyone who's interested, there also is a book version, "The
Dinosaur Dealers," By John Long, published by Allyn & Unwin in 2002,
which I reviewed for New Scientist at the time. It has a few photos
but no giant feathers (which would be extremely interesting to learn
more about). -- Jeff Hecht
At 9:38 AM +1000 5/7/04, Phil Hore wrote:
On the subject, has anyone seen the documentry about the dinosaur
dealers? its all about the smuggeling of these fossils (and the
australian stegosaur footprints that were stolen some years back).
If so, did you know there are two versions? The one hour show on
disc or nat geo...and the two hour version that was aired once on
the australian tv channel that produced it called sbs.
This version has a lot of hidden camera footage of dealers, museums
and collectors showing their featherd chinese fossils that they had
bought, collected or for sale.
All of this footage was mysteriously missing from the short version.
One has to wonder why? Sure it could have been done to fit the show
into scheduling, but this was by far the most interesting stuff.
They show one oz collector with his own bird, and Ive been there and
seen it..its awesome...but what they didnt show was the cretaceous
feather the guy also got. It was around a metre long (memory is
tricky but Im positive it was that big...the thing nearly gave me a
heart attack) and was a true feather, not some dodgy old, scraggly
peacock feather which are the only ones I can think of the same
size. This was a true feather....and I bet no one out side of the
guys friends or family have ever seen it!
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>From: "Tim Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Reply-To:
email@example.com >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Subject: Nature
News: Feathered fossils cause a flap in museums >Date: Wed, 05 May
2004 16:07:09 -0500 > > >Dalton, R. (2004) Feathered fossils cause a
flap in museums. >Nature 429: 5. > >This brief article reports on
the shenanigans surrounding the >(*ahem*) travel arrangements of
certain exquisite Chinese fossils. >It's a 'he-said/she-said' about
how feathered dinosaur fossils from >Liaoning came to be in the
hands of Mr and Mrs Czerkas of the >Dinosaur Museum. The Czerkases,
if you recall, were at the >epicentre of the
"Archaeoraptor"/National Geographic debacle five >years ago. Ji
Qiang (Institute of Geology in Beijing) maintains >certain specimens
were smuggled out of China, but the Czerkases >protest their
innocenc! ! e. Anyway, the fossils will be repatriated to >China in
2007. > >One line in the article made me smile.... > >"Stephen
Czerkas is an artist who is self-taught
in >palaeontology..." > >After reading Mr Czerkas' articles in the
"Dinosaur Museum Journal", >he should have fired his teacher,
IMHO. > > > >Tim > >_________________________________________________________________ >Express
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