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Re: More about Siberian dinosaurs

I still don't know what this story is about. This site has been excavated for 
the past three years, yet nothing has been published on yet (not even a brief 
communications)? They allude to a dinosaur Pompeii, but the news articles only 
talk about isolated bones and "skin" impressions. So is this an amazing 
discovery, or just a ho hum site that is currently receiving some inordinate 
media attention?


----- Original Message -----
> From: Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Cc: 
> Sent: Monday, 15 July 2013 4:58 PM
> Subject: More about Siberian dinosaurs
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> Apologies for the missing subject line. I accidentally clicked send....
> I did some more research about the Siberian dinosaur find and have
> some additional links, including videos.
> The site does indeed appear to the the Chita site mentioned in an
> earlier posting from a Russian news story as a "dinosaur Pompeii."
> Apparently, it was found  only a few years ago. A number of articles
> about the finds appeared in Russian media but  I have only found one
> article in English so far.
> Article in English (However, the photos  and  illustrations of
> dinosaur fossils (Compsognathus and Psittacosaurus)  are obviously not
> from the site):
> http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/an-amazing-collection-of-dinosaur-remains-found-in-volcanic-ash-in-siberia/
> ==
> The paleontologist in charge is Sofia or Sofya (Sophia)
> Sinitsa--she's interviewed in the videos. Unfortunately, Google
> Translate makes a hash of her last name, which in the feminine form
> "Sinitsa" (Russian surnames have masculine and feminine (+ a) endings
> corresponding to
> the gender of the person) is the same as the name of the bird the
> tomtit or tit.  I took Russian many years ago, so I have made some
> corrections to the Google Translate raw version to fix grammar and
> terminology. These are not perfect translations, but I think the
> general idea comes through in places whe
> as-is. (Plus a fully accurate, fluent translation might raise
> copyright issues and would take much more work...)
> ===
> In Russian:
> http://chita.rfn.ru/rnews.html?id=8604455&cid=7
> [Modified from Google Translate]
> 26.10.2012 8:37 Paleontologist Sofia Sinitsa has discovered the
> remains of a dinosaur unknown to science.
> Irina Trofimov, Vadim Svetlakov
> Video report
> A find of the age of 150 million years old! Paleontologist Sofia
> Sinitsa has discovered the remains of species of dinosaurs previously
> unknown to science in a valley in Kulinda in the Transbaikal region. A
> find unique in that scientists discovered in one place the imprints
> of
> bones, skin and feathers.
> In Kulinda valley this summer found numerous, well-preserved imprints
> of the smallest in the land of dinosaurs, still unknown to science.
> They may have grown to around the size of a large rooster.
> Sofia Sinitsa, paleontologist, doctor of geological-mineralogical
> sciences: "We are lucky that there were paleovolcanoes. All the
> remains were buried under the ash, and they survived. It's lucky that
> they exist."
> In Chernyshevski area in search of dinosaur paleontologist Transbaikal
> Sofia Sintisa has come for three years ... In 2010, the first
> expedition found the remains of a rare carnivorous dinosaur
> Compsognathus, traces of which are till now found only in France and
> Germany. Now scientists are inclined to believe that 160 million years
> ago in Kulinda were two types of small dinosaurs: the Compsognathus
> and an unknown plant-eating species, fragments of which are in large
> numbers and have been found this year.
> Sofia Sinica, paleontologist, doctor of geological-mineralogical
> sciences, "scientists did not come to a consensus among themselves.
> Alifanov identifies the small predator as Compsognathus. Herbivorous
> ones may be new. Maybe "Kulindosaurus". And he said - scaly tails - it
> belongs to predators. But plumage - herbivorous. "
> While the working ti
ecies - "Kulindosaurus", named for
> the Kulinda valley.
> Alexei Ptitsyn, director of the Institute of Ecology and Natural
> Resources Cryology RAH: "The material was collected unique, and I
> think this is the missing link in the history of the biosphere. We
> need to know how the climate has changed on the ground, which the
> plants grow, that's what fed the little dinosaur . "
> However, disputes  about the classification of the found remains to
> any particular form are not yet finished. For example, paleontologists
> from  Blagoveshchensk ["Annunciation," city in Amur region] believe
> that Sinitsa's discovery may also be Jeholosaurus. More than 20
> skeletons of this species have been found and restricted entirely in
> China. But this is also just a hypothesis. Set the record straight and
> help chemical examination, which is carried out by scientists
> Trans-Baikal Institute of Natural Resources. A paleontologist
> expedition Sofia Sinitsa for the next year will continue to Kulinda.
> However, it is not known who will finance the study.
> Sofia Sinitsa, paleontologist, doctor of geological-mineralogical
> sciences: "11 year, we have worked through Geniatulin. The governor
> gave us money. By Bolotsko my jaw is still open - the governor has
> given money to the dinosaurs? '12 We won the tender. But what is won
> tender? While they're dealt - the summer passed, passed the field
> season. "
> Because of the Trans-Baikal climate Kulinda excavations can be carried
> out only in the summer. Therefore, it is better to solve the funding
> issues before its beginning.
> ===
> Additional articles:
> http://www.copah.info/articles/overview/ostanki-neizvestnogo-nauke-dinozavra-obnaruzhila-paleontolog-sofya-sinitsa
> http://www.chita.ru/info/clients/view/?sd=25.09.2010&ed=02.10.2010&s=10&m=60&mt=4&id=31022
> With a videos (in Russian)
> http://news.chita.ru/25074/
> http://news.chita.ru/33200/
> ===
> [Here's a link to a paper Sintitsa co-authored about Mesozoic mosses
> from the
ransbaikal region of Siberia:
> http://arctoa.ru/ru/Archive-ru/20/043-064baigul6b.