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

The original article in Japanese reads: "160 pieces of fossil bones
belonging to a single individual" and that "this is the first time in
Japan where so many fossils from a single individual is unearthed".

Manabu Sakamoto

On Sat, March 21, 2009 9:08 pm, Andy Grass wrote:
> 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.

M. Sakamoto, PhD
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
Bristol, UK