the thread of discovery

Discussion in 'Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Animals, Fauna, and Life' started by freddyman, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. freddyman

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    hello everyone. sorry for not being active for a while in acouple threads. been doing a couple things other then paper modeling recently, and unfortunately, i cant post updated photos of the bambiraptor yet. in the meantime however, i had an idea that i can contribute to this forum.

    theres been a ton of astonishing paleontological discoveries this year and i feel inclined to share and discuss them with the members of the forum. i would be posting newly discovered articles and abstracts of founded taxons to share and discuss with everyone here. not only would this spread the information I've learned through the years but hope to let fellow members reviewing this to be informed about the extant flora and fauna for those curious enough to learn something new about the animals i often depict.

    feel free to post and contribute articles or ask questions that you find interesting and like to share. postings here would be greatly appreciated. i look forward to our discussions:)
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    That's a GREAT idea! I'm looking forward to this. :)
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  3. freddyman

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    thanks revelfan. lets get started, shall we? heres a discovery that was announced about a week ago. it's a perserved fossil of a large fully feathered dromaeosaur by the name of Zhenyuanlong suni.
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    https://www.google.com/search?q=Zhe...AUQ_AUoAGoVChMI54u5uvf4xgIVS3g-Ch39SgfQ&dpr=1

    this predator is of relation to various large dromaeosaurs such as deinonychus, velociraptor, and utahraptor. the holotype perserves long, pennaceous feathers on he back of the neck arms, and along the tail.. the entire body was covered with a fluff of dino fuzz or protofeathers with the exception of it's ankles and feet, as well as the tips if the snout which would of been covered in small tubercles.
    here some pictures of the specimen
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    I have noticed this too. Normalizing relationships with Iran (not getting into the Political end of that, neither will ANYONE else) will offer a treasure trove of finds, as they have a very active group and have a collection of bones that have never been studied. This could either verify what we know, or maybe put more pieces in the puzzle. :)
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    very true zathros. i must also add that china is becoming a goldmine of astonishing specimens from multiple genres. 2014 was the year of new discoveries, but it looks like 2015 would be rivaling it. i would wait for more posters to say their own input before i post up another article.
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    Yes, China was also mentioned in the show I was watching. So much more to learn if we all just got along! :)
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    as i see no more comments, i'm going to post another article for viewers to read.
    this one is very interesting. heres possible evidence of actual dinosaur blitzkrieg.
    http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2015/1166-langenberg-tracks

    new fossil tracks of theriopods measuring up to 45 cm in length are being found in the Langenberg quarry

    heres a quote from the wellknown illustrator that i do talk to from time to time.

    One interesting feature about the Langenberg quarry is that it not only very well preserved three dimensional fossils of many vertebrates, especially a whole herd of Europasaurus holgeri, but also some tracks. Among these are some which are of greater interest for the whole understanding of this ecosystem: Theropod tracks, some longer than 45 cm, so definitely, not the dwarfed monsters you would expect on a island populated by sauropods rarely larger than a horse. But interestingly there are no Europasaurus remains above the (now mostly lost) layers which contained the theropod tracks.
    The authors of a new paper about these footprints suggest therefore that we maybe have here the documents of an biologic invasion. It's possible that a new land bridge formed during the late Jurassic and connected the Langenberg habitat with an much bigger european island. The faunal exchange brought larger, maybe 8 meters long (hip height 1,8-1,9 m), potential megalosaurids, similar to Torvosaurus in reach of the small Europasaurs.

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    Very interesting. It's great that you can learn so much in this thread! :)
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    I saw a similar chart on "Futurama"!! :)
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    I wonder if they had sense of humors. It would give a new addition to the "Tongue in Cheek" lines. :)
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    this is actually pretty old, but deserves much more attention after replicating a 3d model of the inner structure of parasaurolophus, we have found out what these creatures possibly sounded like in life.