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Re: Antonio's grant

According to the USPS the following restrictions would apply: Coins; bank notes; currency notes (paper money); traveler's checks; jewelry; and other precious or valuable articles must be enclosed in an insured parcel post package in order to be mailable to addressees in Italy. Therefore, a single package less than one pound shipped to Italy would cost 14 bucks plus insurance covering 1000 bucks which costs $16.80. Total cost of a bundle of $863 insured US dollar bills to Italy, is $30.80. Total is around 900 bucks. I would be willing to collect the money piecemeal and ship it off to Fabio sans any other volunteers.

Here is his bio off the web as of 1995 which is the latest I could find in English.

Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia is doing his post-doc at the Department of Geology, Paleontology and Geophysic of the University of Padova (Italy) (fax 0039/49/8272070). He is the Curator of the Paleontological Museum of Monfalcone (Italy) ( tel. 0039/481/40014). He discussed his Ph.D. dissertation on the triassic pterosaurs at the University of Modena. At the present he is studying the triassic pterosaurs of Northern Italy, mainly the new specimens from Friuli region (NE Italy) (osteology, taxonomy, dating, deposition and life environment). He is also working on the dinosaur evidences on the carbonate platform of the Adriatic region (Italy, Slovenia, Croazia). In particular he is researching dinosaur footprints in the cretaceous of Istria (Croazia) with a grant from "The Dinosaur Society". The study of sauropod bones of Early Cretaceous age from this region is also in progress. Anyone interested on these subjects can contact him. He will be at the SPV meeting in Pittsburgh. Please mercy for his scarce knowledge of english language.

Does anyone have a problem with this approach in this forum other than the fact that we can't do this all the time?

Passing the hat around for dinosaur research???

Frank Bliss
MS, Biostratigraphy
Weston, Wyoming

On May 12, 2005, at 8:29 PM, James R. Cunningham wrote:

Hi, Fabio -- Frank has a good idea.  I'll do the same.

frank bliss wrote:

I have been doing paleontology on my own all my life on my own tab.
That being said, your request amounts to maybe one dollar from each
person on the DML list. I'll send you two US dollars if you send me
(and the rest of the list) your address and what the postage would be
to Italy.  If everyone else cooperates, the DML will accomplish more
than discourse but we all want a pdf of your paper available to us.
Frank Bliss
MS Biostratigraphy
Weston, Wyoming
On May 12, 2005, at 1:07 PM, Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia wrote:

Probably many of you have heard about a dinosaur nicknamed Antonio.
It is a complete and articulated skeleton of a primitive hadrosaurian
the Upper Santonian (85 m.y.a.) of NE Italy. I was the field work
when it was excavated in 1998/99. After years, finally I have been
to study that specimens and others found in the same site. I applied a
grant of 863 USD to the Jurassic Foundation to support my expenses
and a Wood's lamp).
This morning I have found the following message in my e-mail box:

<<Dear Dr. Dalla Vecchia:
Thank you very much for submitting a research grant proposal to the
Jurassic Foundation. We received numerous excellent proposals from
students and researchers around the world, far in excess of the number
we were able to fund. Given this abundance of proposals and the
potential for funding, the committee decided to direct funding toward:
1) graduate students; and 2) international researchers who otherwise
might not be able to access funds. Even within these categories,
however, we were able to fund only a portion of the applicants. I am
sorry to inform you that your proposal was not selected for funding.

Nonetheless, I sincerely thank you once again for your submission, and
wish you continued success in your academic and professional pursuits.


Scott D. Sampson, Ph.D.
President, Jurassic Foundation>>

On one side I am happy. This means that somewhere in the world many
specimens more important and worth of a sponsoring than a complete and
articulated basal hadrosaurian of Santonian age that lived in an
island in
the ocean between Eurasia and Afroarabia, are going to be studied and
On the other side, not only I am not retributed at all to study
but, if I want to do it, I must pay by my own all the expenses.

What would you do if you were in my position?


Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, Ph.D.