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Feathered theropods found in Siberia and other dinosaur news
From: Ben Creisler
A few posting back, I included a news article in French about Pascal
Godefroit heading to Russia to excavate feathered dinosaurs. Here's a
follow-up news story in Russian. The Transbaikal region includes
Chita, the place mentioned in another news story (in Russian) about a
dinosaurian Pompeii. This may be the same site, but I am not
This is a very rough translation from Russian using Google Translate
with some corrections by me for terms and grammar Google Translate
could not decipher. I hope I got things right.
Theropod dinosaur found in Siberia (in Russian)
Scientists have discovered the remains of carnivorous theropod dinosaur.
On Sunday, July 14, the International expedition, who worked in the
framework of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
"Jurassic Transbaikal Dinosaurs" has found a tooth of a carnivorous
theropod dinosaur." Scientists suggest that it is this type of
relatives of dinosaurs evolved into birds.
- There are many transitional forms between theropods and modern birds
- says doctor of biological sciences, Alexander Markov, a leading
researcher at the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of
Sciences. - A typical transitional form is Archaeopteryx, an extinct
toothed bird Jurassic period, the size of a crow. In recent decades,
found a number of transitional forms. In the Jurassic and Cretaceous
periods within a group of theropods was a big evolutionary branch of
the dinosaurs, which in different families and genera elaborated bird
signs. And not for the flight, and for insulation and beauty. We find
the dinosaurs, who could not fly, but they were on the tail feathers
like a peacock.
A number of flying half-dinosaur/half-birds were found. An unexpected
finding was that many of them had feathers on its hind legs, suitable
for flight. That is, the ancestors of birds were four-winged.
The center of public relations of Russian Academy of Sciences said
that earlier the specialists of the Institute of Natural Resources,
Environment and Cryology (INREC), SB RAS (Chita) found only the
remains of herbivorous dinosaurs.
As part of the International expedition included researchers from the
Russian Academy of Sciences INREC, scientists from the Institute of
the Earth's crust of the Irkutsk Scientific Center, Siberian Branch, a
group from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics. Among the members
of the expedition were also French scientists and representatives of
the Department of Earth and Life History of the Royal Belgian
Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels).
They also noted that a new technique that the Belgians offered was
used at the site. It is possible to get more than 100 finds. Experts
were able to find the vertebrae and parts thereof, pelvis bones, the
remains of various bone materials with fragments of feathers, various
tubercule-textured scaly skin and coats.
With everything else, the researchers found 150 samples from the
remains of invertebrate fauna.
By August 1, the researchers plan to complete the field work, which
concentrated on the locations of Kulinda (Orel depression) and
Novopavlovka (Tarbagatajsky depression). Doctor of geological and
mineralogical sciences Sofia Sinitsa, who discovered ["detected,
revealed"] the Transbaikalian dinosaurs, leads the project of the
Siberian Branch of RAS "Jurassic Transbaikal Dinosaurs".
Asian Dinosaurs Association established
The countries of Japan, Thailand, China, Korea, Mongolia and Russia
have established the Asian Dinosaurs Association to promote research
In English (a rather stilted translation):
Alberta floods expose new dinosaur remains
Microryza crowd-source funding for paleo-related projects
A news item about a crowd-source funding project (called Microryza)
that has provided funds for studying fossils among other projects.
Microryza also helped pay to excavate a Triceratops specimen for the
Burke Museum at the University of Washington.
Giant pterosaur Volgadraco (in Russian)