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I have to say, the Pterosauria has awaken.
After five days dealing in a field I do not consider myself an
"expert", I was amazed at the amount of information and novelties
that can be learned in a Pterosaur Symposium. The pterosaurs experts
and students are (mostly) a, enthusiastic fine bunch and well
organized too, so we had that kind of atmosphere and human touch
always present in the SVP and SVPCA meetings.
All hail to David Hone for his boundless involvement and enthusiasm,
a fine job indeed! It was a pleasure to work with and for him.
Obviously one of my personal highlights was paying tribute to and
shaking the hand of Dr.Peter Wellnhofer in his anniversary.
My thirst for dinosaurs was quenched by being as close as I could
possibly be to two Archaeopteryx specimens >and< the original
Some of the specimens that we had access to were as relevant
historically as the Nefertiti bust at the Berlin Museum.
And if it wasn't enough, two of the finest museums: Solnhofen and
Eichstaat in just one day as part of the field trip. They even
opened the lid of Juravenator for some of us to take photographs.
A well spent week. I urge everybody to support the efforts for the
next pterosaur meeting in China 2010. If this pterosaur meeting was
so well located in Munich, imagine what is going to be the next one
with all the new stuff being discovered there.
As a post data: nobody should miss the refurbished Humboldt museum in
Berlin. Small but more interesting, well organized and informative
than many big ones. And has the most majestic, spectacular sauropod
trio ever to be displayed (you can spend hours in front of them).
Didn't mind that upward-stretched Brachiosaurus neck, but...shame
about tiny Kentrosaurus... somebody should have done something about
those sprawling front legs.
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