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Re: Big oviraptorosaur from Montana and other news



... and it seems that my Oviraptor and Chicks painting is very popular with 
these news-casters... unfortunately there is no credit (or permission asked)!

Sad really.


On 1 Dec 2013, at 07:00, Ben Creisler wrote:

> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> 
> A number of recent news and blog items that may be of interest:
> 
> 
> Caenagnathid oviraptorosaur from Montana
> 
> 
> Information about the discovery of a large caenagnathid oviraptorosaur
> in Montana has been out on the Web for a few days. Here are some links
> with the details. I have not been able to find the official news
> releases from the Burpee Museum and from the Montana Bureau of Land
> Management online as yet.
> 
> http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/skeleton-of-feathered-meat-eating-dinosaur-found-in-montana/article_7813cd0e-59e6-11e3-a5f3-001a4bcf887a.html
> 
> http://www.dunncountyextra.com/rare-egg-thief-lizard-discovered-montana-public-land/
> 
> http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/27/pearl-the-mystery-dinosaur/
> 
> http://www.wrex.com/story/24083936/2013/11/27/burpee-museum-archaeologists-find-rare-oviraptorosaur
> 
> Note: The reconstruction in video and article above were later
> corrected on Facebook to show longer feathers on the forelimbs after
> input from Tom Holtz:
> 
> https://pt-br.facebook.com/Burpee.Museum?v=feed&story_fbid=167515103704&filter=3
> 
> ===
> 
> Paleontology staff cutbacks at Australian Museum at the same time a
> big exhibit about tyrannosaurs is on display
> 
> http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/australian-museum-left-with-a-skeleton-staff-as-tyrannosaurus-exhibition-opens-20131129-2yh6v.html
> 
> Info on the exhibit
> http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tyrannosaurs-meet-the-family-exhibition-at-the-australian-museum-20131119-2xt7c.html
> 
> ==
> Crocodile tool use
> 
> This new article about tool use in crocodiles and alligators was
> discussed on the blog Tetrapod Zoology.
> 
> http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/2013/11/30/tool-use-in-crocs-and-gators/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tetrapod-zoology%2Ffeed+%28Blog%3A+Tetrapod+Zoology%29
> 
> Here's the full ref with abstract and link.
> 
> Dinets, V., Brueggen, J. C. & Brueggen, J. D. 2013.
> Crocodilians use tools for hunting.
> Ethology Ecology & Evolution in press
> DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2013.858276
> http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03949370.2013.858276#.UppgPcRDv8s
> 
> Using objects as hunting lures is very rare in nature, having been
> observed in just a handful of species. We report the use of twigs and
> sticks as bird lures by two crocodilian species. At least one of them
> uses this method predominantly during the nest-building season of its
> prey. This is the first known case of a predator not just using
> objects as lures, but also taking into account the seasonality of prey
> behavior. It provides a surprising insight into previously
> unrecognized complexity of archosaurian behavior.
> 
> ====
> 
> French paleontologist Eric Buffetaut has written a short popular book
> in French entitled: "À quoi servent les dinosaures?"
> 
> The title can translate as "What are dinosaurs good for?" or  maybe
> more accurately as "What's the point of studying dinosaurs?"
> 
> The book is a response to a question to the author at a recent press
> conference in France: "Mais Monsieur, à quoi cela sert, ce que vous
> faites?" [But sir, what's the practical use of what you do?]
> 
> 
> Radio interviews and podcasts in French with Buffetaut (and excerpt
> with Philippe Taquet):
> 
> part 1:
> http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20131118-1-servent-dinosaures
> part 2:
> http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20131118-2-servent-dinosaures
> 
> Another radio interview:
> 
> http://www.franceinfo.fr/societe/votre-france-info/le-metier-de-paleontologue-1203739-2013-11-06
> 
> Publisher link:
> http://www.editions-belin.com/ewb_pages/f/fiche-article-quoi-servent-les-dinosaures-22046.php
> 
> 
> ==
> Not Mesozoic but may be of interest. A new specimen of the enigmatic
> lizard Ornatocephalus has been found in the 47-million-year-old middle
> Eocene Messel pit near Darmstadt, in Germany. Press release and news
> stories in German with photos:
> 
> 
> http://idw-online.de/pages/de/news562522
> 
> http://www.krone.at/Wissen/Fossile_Grosskopfechse_nahe_Darmstadt_entdeckt-47_Mio._Jahre_alt-Story-383782
> 
> https://www.op-online.de/lokales/hessen/grube-messel-fossile-grosskopfechse-entdeckt-3232798.html
> 
> http://www.hr-online.de/website/rubriken/kultur/index.jsp?rubrik=5984&key=standard_document_50148643&msg=5984
> 
> ==
> 
> New Cretaceous ankylosaur from China displayed with casts in public in Japan
> 
> The fossils were excavated near Lishui  City in Zhejiang Province in
> China by a joint team from the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum from
> Japan and the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History. It may be a new
> taxon, estimated at 7 to 8 meters in length. The tail end displayed is
> about 90 cm long, with club 40 centimeters wide.
> 
> In Chinese with photo of original fossil
> 
> http://www.uua.cn/news/show-15983-1.html
> 
> In Japanese with photo of casts
> 
> http://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/localnews/society/47146.html
> 
> This would appear to be the same find announced in China back in July:
> 
> http://www.xiandu.gov.cn/mtbd/849.jhtml
> http://n.cztv.com/zhejiang/2013/07/2013-07-063937712.htm

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