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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,
(Page title: Dinosaurs in Obernkirchen: the birdlike *Velociraptor* lived in
SENSATIONAL DINOSAUR TRACES
"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.