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RE: Bird analysis update 3: reweighting

John Hunt wrote:

Is there any activity in the beds that produced Longsequina?

_Longisquama_ was found in the Fergana Valley, now divided between divided among Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. _Longisquama_ was found in the Kyrgyz sector. The Fergana Valley is one of those Central Asian "trouble spots": ethnic violence broke out in 1989-90, and Tajik guerillas of a militant-Islamic persuasion infiltrated Kyrgyzstan in the late 1990's to stir up trouble. I'm not sure what the current geopolitical situation is, but it may not be favorable to paleontological operations.

The sauropod _Ferganasaurus_ was also found in the Fergana Valley of Kyrgyzstan, but from a later formation than the one that yielded _Longisquama_. _Ferganasaurus_ was excavated in the 1960's, back when the Soviet regime had a stranglehold on this neck of the woods. How times have changed.