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THE STOLEN NOTOTYRANNUS
Some days ago, a "new dinosaur" was published in the Argentinian media
and there are already some drawings around
In the media publication you can see already the name: "Nototyrannus
violantei". The name, of course will have to be changed since the unexpert
amateurs at the museum didn't wanted to wait for the scientists information.
supossed "Nototyrannus" is actually an abelisauroid and the specimen was stolen
to my team.
It was found in jan 2007 by Akiko Shinya,
chief preparator of the FMNH and member of the joined fieldtrip of Dr.
Sebastian Apesteguia, Dr. Peter Makovicky (FMNH), Dr. Nathan Smith, Dr. Attila
Osi (Hungary, participating by a conveny between both countries), Dr. Juan
Canale and Alejandro Haluza (El Chocon Museum, Neuquen) and Dr. Pablo Gallina
We've found it and prepare the jacket but we break the
truck and were not able to finish the fieldtrip. Once we went away, the guys
from the General Roca Museum went to the field according it with the field
owner, the province authority and technics from the Museum of Sao Pulo (Brazil)
and stolen the jacket.
A very easy way to find a dinosaur, isn't it?
We have the pictures of the finding and preparation in field, we have the GPS
data and the inform to the authorities saying exactly what we've found.
Actually, we've found the entire fossiliferous locality in 1999, and worked
there in 2000 and 2007 (when the owner of the field allowed us to enter).
We still don't know who has been asked to study the material. Perhaps this
person don't even know that the material was found by a different team and
collected in a very dirty business.
That's why I'm informing it here. To let you know.
Anyway, since these guys published in the media obviously without authorization
of the scientists, you can see they don't care about science or ethics. They
only care m
Dr. Sebastián Apesteguía
Fundación de Historia Natural 'Félix de Azara' -
CEBBAD (CONICET) - Universidad Maimónides. Virasoro 732,
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Tel-fax: 5411-49051100 ext. 1228,