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[dinosaur] Geochemical fingerprinting of smuggled Gobi dinosaur fossils + Proa CT scan + more




Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


Some recent items:

University of Bologna part of team developing fossil fingerprinting (with support from National Geographic Society) to identify smuggled fossils from Gobi in Mongolia: Geochemical 'fingerprinting' of Gobi Dinosaurs; a novel tool for countering the illegal trade of Asian fossils  (in Italian)

http://www.magazine.unibo.it/archivio/2016/06/14/l2019alma-mater-in-campo-per-contrastare-il-mercato-nero-di-fossili-di-dinosauro

http://www.agi.it/innovazione/2016/06/14/news/universita_bologna_contro_mercato_nero_fossili_dinosauro-857492/

http://www.dire.it/14-06-2016/59280-fossili-dinosauro-unibo-prova-fermare-mercato-illegale/

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Iguanodontid Proa gets CT braincase scan; complete skeleton of Proa found in 2015; results to be presented at SVP Salt Lake meeting in October (in Spanish)

http://www.heraldo.es/noticias/suplementos/tercer-milenio/innovacion/2016/06/13/proa-valdearinnoensis-dinosaurio-muy-moderno-905004-2121030.html


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What does higher neuronal density in bird brains say about Mesozoic theropods?


http://theropoda.blogspot.com/2016/06/la-densita-neuronale-nel-cervello.html


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"Saltillomimus  rapidus" name controversy, not valid name because it was not first published in a technical journal. (Not sure this is such a big deal. If the name is  formally used with a diagnostic description in a future scientific publication, that becomes the official publication date for citation purposes. There is no reason why it can't then be called Saltillomimus rapidus, which now is simply an informal name that should be in quotes.) (in Spanish) 


http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/no-reconoce-el-inah-a-dinosaurio-saltillense-1465796470


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Machimosaurus rex discovery by Federico Fanti

http://www.albanydailystar.com/science/phd-student-fund-fossils-of-130-million-years-old-godzilla-crocodille-palmdale-tech-time-15399.html

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Peter Moon's blog in English on paleontology in Brazil. Some recent posts:


Fossil fish heart

http://agencia.fapesp.br/synchrotron_microtomography_reveals_fish_fossils_heart/23334/

Brasinorhynchus 

http://agencia.fapesp.br/crooked_rhynchosaur_described_after_40_years/23258/

Llanosuchus 

http://agencia.fapesp.br/fossil_of_herbivorous_crocodile_discovered_in_argentina/23030/

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Spiclypeus (in Czech)

http://dinosaurusblog.com/2016/06/13/rohaty-dinosaurus-jaderneho-fyzika/ 

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Chirotherium track on display at cafe in Runcorn, England, after visitor center is closed


http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/halton-hand-beast-dinosaur-footprint-11437074



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Edmontosaurus fossil installed in new home at  new Naturmuseum in St.Gallen, Switzerland (in German) (with video)

http://www.fm1today.ch/entenschnabel-dinosaurier-hat-neues-bett/227728

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Casts of  Mastodonsaurus cappelensis skull to be displayed at Heimatmuseums der Gesamtgemeinde Niedereschach in Fischbach (in German)

http://www.suedkurier.de/region/schwarzwald-baar-heuberg/niedereschach/Der-Kappeler-Saurier-zieht-ins-Heimatmuseum;art372527,8758060


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Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit at Canadian Museum of Nature

http://ottawamagazine.com/going-out/ultimate-dinosaurs-at-the-museum-of-nature/