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Re: New theropod (or is it?) from Poland
Greetings. I was one of the volunteers participating in 2007 excavations in
Lisowice. The abundance of spores and pollen especially, plants, and
animals, makes the daing rather certain (Rhaetian). The "dragon" was firstly
thought to be either a rauisuchian or a theropod, but as the preparation
proceeded, it became obvious to the workers that it's the second of these.
Structure of teeth enamel and neourocranium make the case clear. Mayby the
"dragon" was a bit big for the Triassic, but hey... so was it's prey (a
giant dicynodont). Apart of the "Dragon", coelophysoid bones are present, as
well as diverse dinosaur tracks (including "prosauropodian"). David
Marjanovic is digging (just like last year) in Krasiejów, which is only
about 20 km of Lisowice, he saw a more informative (more than all those
media announcments) article in "Evolution", a publication of the Museum of
Evolution of the Polish Academy of Sciences, so he will surely have more to
say while back - my English and paleo-knowledge are to weak.