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Dinosaur odds and ends: papers and news stories

From: Ben Creisler

With the year-end holidays, there is something of a lull in new papers
and dino-related news. I've put together some recent (and not so
recent)  items that haven't been mentioned so far and that may (or may
not) be of interest.

Paul D. Brinkman (2013)
Red Deer River shakedown: a history of the Captain Marshall field
paleontological expedition to Alberta, 1922, and its aftermath.
Earth Sciences History 32(2): 204-234

A Field Museum expedition to collect Late Cretaceous dinosaurs
operated for three and a half months in the summer of 1922 in the Red
Deer River badlands (Oldman and Dinosaur Park formations, Belly River
Group) in an area now known as Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern
Alberta, Canada. Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Elmer S.
Riggs led the expedition. He was ably assisted by veteran collectors
George F. Sternberg and John B. Abbott. A trio of novice collectors,
Anthony Dombrosky, George Bedford and C. Harold Riggs, Elmer's
youngest son, rounded out the party. The expedition was a success,
netting several quality specimens of duckbilled dinosaurs; one small,
partial theropod skeleton; an unidentified duckbilled dinosaur skull;
four turtles; other miscellaneous fossil vertebrate remains; numerous
fossil plants and invertebrates; and a large fossil log. In 1956, one
of these specimens—a nearly complete lambeosaurine hadrosaur
reconstructed as Lambeosaurus—debuted as the less fortunate partner of
Gorgosaurus in the museum's iconic ‘Dinosaurs, Predator and Prey’
exhibit in Stanley Field Hall. Both of these specimens are still on
display in a permanent exhibit called ‘Evolving Planet’. Another
notable specimen prepared in 1999-2000 after nearly eighty years in an
unopened field jacket has been identified as a juvenile Gorgosaurus.
This specimen—nicknamed ‘Elmer’—was recently touring the globe as part
of the ‘Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries’ exhibit. More
importantly, the expedition was an invaluable shakedown experience for
the fossil hunting crew and their new equipment in the months before
they left on an ambitious, multi-year fossil mammal collecting
expedition to Argentina and Bolivia. An oft-repeated myth holds that
Riggs viewed the Alberta expedition as a failure and departed the
field the moment he obtained permission to go to South America. This
paper shows that myth to be unfounded.


Haplocanthosaurus discovered in Colorado


Dinosaur fossil exhibit proposed for Big Bend in Texas


Jurassic Coast theme park in England


Paleontologist Alexander Kellner sues government of Brazil over
mistaken arrest for alleged fossil smuggling


In Portuguese


Visiting coal mine where Paleocene Titanoboa was found in Colombia:
Robert Frederick (2013)
Fossil hunting in coal mines.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(52)  20847
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1321874111


English-language press releases for articles in Chinese:


Shastasaurus sexual dimorphism:


Taohelong , Asian polacanthid


Articles in German:

The following articles that appeared in German were aimed for a
general rather a specialist audience.

Sebastian Stumpf and Dr. Stefan Meng (2013)
Dinosaurier aus Nordostdeutschland. [Dinosaurs from northeast Germany]
Biologie in unserer Zeit 43(6): 362–368
DOI: 10.1002/biuz.201310521

Remains of dinosaurs in NE Germany

The former clay pit of Grimmen (NE Germany) represents a glacially
dislocated outcrop of upper Lower Jurassic shallow-marine strata.
Apart from typical marine organisms, the Lower Jurassic of Grimmen has
also yielded the remains of the basal thyreophoran dinosaur Emausaurus
ernsti. E. ernsti was a comparatively small dinosaur, generally
characterized by a dermal armor composed of small isolated scutes.
Recently, the remains of a second dinosaur belonging to the sauropod
clade have been identified. The specimen represents the second Early
Jurassic basal sauropod from Germany ever found.

The sauropod was probably washed into the marine realm from nearby
coastal land after its death, whereas the compacted pile of skeletal
elements of E. ernsti found in a concretion is suspected to be a
Speiballen [gastric pellet] produced by a large marine reptile.

Nadja Podbregar (2013)
Streit um Archaeopteryx und Co. – Auf der Suche nach dem „Missing
Link“. [Dispute over Archaeopteryx and company -- On the trail of the
"missing link"]
Im Fokus: Paläontologie
Naturwissenschaften im Fokus 2014: 67-87
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37768-6_4

NOTE: This article about Archaeopteryx originally appeared in Scinexx
and is available online at:



Dieter Lohmann &  Nadja Podbregar (2013)
Dinosaurier – Giganten der Urzeit. [Dinosaurs --Giants of the prehistoric world]
Im Fokus: Paläontologie
Naturwissenschaften im Fokus 2014,   pp 47-65
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37768-6_3


Cultural Stuff:

"Turok, Dinosaur Hunter" gets graphic/story reboot

Dynamite Comics is planning a new version of the 1950s-vintage
comicbook hero Turok, a Native American who battles dinosaurs. Some of
the dinosaurs to suffer slings and arrows will now have feathers.





Dinosaur of the Year award for bad environmental policies in Germany

The German conservation organization Naturschutzbund Deutschland
giving out a negative award beginning in 1993 for the "Dinosaurier des
Jahres" [dinosaur of the year]  to German politicians, corporate
heads, or other people in public life considered to have antiquated
approaches to environmental protection.  The trophy is a metal
Diplodocus. The next recipient is to due to be named on December 27,


For a picture of the metal trophy:



For a picture of last year's "winner" depicted as a dinosaur:


English language info about NABU: