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Re: Big oviraptorosaur from Montana and other news



Luis, I wondered about that! I would have recommended one of your
pictures, anyway, but I didn't talk with the Missoulian directly (as you
can see, my quotes are from  a letter to the Burpee, which I allowed them
to use in outreach).

On Sun, December 1, 2013 5:41 am, Luis Rey wrote:
> ... 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
>
> Luis Rey
>
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>
>


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