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Re: Japan's largest single dinosaur fossil discovery made in Fukui

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 6:55 PM, Amtoine Grant <rascienz@shaw.ca> wrote:
> On 19-Mar-09, at 4:11 PM, Janet m vandenburgh wrote:
>> Paleontologists have discovered around 160 fossilized dinosaur bones,
>> believed to be about 120 million years old, in what experts say is the
>> largest-ever fossil find of a single dinosaur in Japan.
>> The bones are believed to be from the skeleton of a young Dromaeosaurus, a
>> carnivorous theropod measuring around 1.7 meters long, and were unearthed
>> from a layer of earth dating back to the Early Cretaceous period.
>> According to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the braincase and 90
>> percent of the right leg bones were found...
> Sooo out of 160 bones, 90% of a leg and a braincase were recovered? Am I
> reading this wrong, or should "bones" be "fragments"?

The original Japanese is kind of ambiguous (as Japanese can tend to
be) but it doesn't specifically say 160 whole bones were found, just
160 bone fossils, so I think we can assume that they mean fragments.