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Re: New Velociraptor footprints

Any luck w/ an English translation?

The first of them, http://nachrichten.t-online.de/c/16/18/01/02/16180102.html, is in German, so...


(Page title: Dinosaurs in Obernkirchen: the birdlike *Velociraptor* lived in Low Saxony)

"Jurassic Park" *.saur lived in Low Saxony

Scientists have discovered sensational dinosaur traces in a quarry in Obernkirchen in Low Saxony. For the first time tracks of a new carnivorous *.saur species from the genus of the velociraptors [argh!] have been shown to be present in Europe.

(Figure legend: The researchers secured eight tracks of the velociraptor -- that many have never been found [before])

This is the proof that the[se] birdlike dinosaurs had their center [of what?] in Europe, too, said paleontologist Annette Richter [by the way, Yasmani, that's a she, not a he] from the Low Saxony "State" Museum on Friday. [She works mostly on squamates.] The eight tracks, she [or someone] said, surpass all previously known finds from China, Korea, Niger and the USA. In total, the team of the "State" Museum discovered 49 footprints of the carnivorous *.saur, as many as nowhere [else] so far, she [or someone] said. Additionally, she [or someone] said, an impression made by a standing animal was found for the first time.

_Species encountered each other in the lagoon_

For a year the team of researchers secured traces of, in total, five to six dinosaur species on an area of 2000 m². Exactly what the animals did there has yet to be researched. It is already sure[, however,] that two herds of plant-eating iguanodons [sic] encountered each other in a lagoon. By these trampling paths it is shown for the first time that the ancient giants were pack animals, Richter said. ["Pack" as in "pack of wolves". Strange choice of word.] Apparently they traversed the shallow body of water in families, because they have left large and small prints. The traces also [also!?!] tell quite a bit about the social behavior of the ancient giants.

_Sand preserved the prints_

How old they are will have to be clarified by further investigations. The researchers estimate that the *.saurs lived in that place almost 140 million years ago [so, soon after the beginning of the Cretaceous]. They [presumably the researchers] have secured hundreds of traces in two rock layers. Probably sand covered and preserved the imprints after a storm tide.

_Scientists are enthusiastic_

In order to discuss the significance of the finds, experts from all over the world are supposed to be invited to a symposium as soon as possible. The scientists cannot wait to present their finds. Torsten van der Lubbe could hardly believe his luck when he discovered the velociraptor prints while uncovering the [other] traces. "It was an incredible feeling", the researcher reported. "You shake the hand of an animal that ran around millions of years ago."

_"Jurassic Park" made the raptor famous_

The only about hip-high Velociraptor, which is often just called raptor [says Crichton...], became famous by the movie "Jurassic Park". Like many of the dino species that occur in that movie, however, it lived not in the Jurassic but in the Cretaceous. Typical for the hunter are the sickle-shaped claws on the three toes [argh!], of which one swiveled up during running. This led to the typical two-toed track imprint [really, "track imprint", which sounds just as weird in the original]. The up to 1.80 m long *.saur ran on two legs and possessed feathers, but was flightless.

_September 21st is Day of the Open Door_

The Obernkirchen Quarries Ltd., where the researchers found the traces, invite to a Day of the Open Door on September 21st. Dino fans can then plunge into th[is] primordial world for the first time.