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2009-06-21 – Oetzi in Svezia (Oetzi, exposure in Sweden)

PALEONTOLOGIA: APPRODA IN SVEZIA LA MOSTRA ITINERANTE SU OETZI

Bolzano, 18 giu. – (Adnkronos) – La mostra itinerante su Oetzi e’ giunta oggi al ”Lansmuseet Varberg”, in Svezia. Il Lansmuseet Varberg e’ il museo storico-culturale della provincia di Halland ed e’ noto a livello internazionale, in quanto espone il ”Bockstenmannen”, un corpo fossilizzato in una torbiera, risalente al XIV secolo, di cui si sono conservati anche i vestiti originali, come nel caso di Oetzi.

Affollata la cerimonia di apertura: presente anche la direttrice del Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige Angelika Fleckinger, che ha presentato i piu’ recenti risultati scientifici riguardanti l”’Uomo venuto dal ghiaccio”. Torstein Sjovold, dell’Universita’ di Stoccolma, che in passato ha analizzato le ossa ed i tatuaggi di Oetzi, lo ha messo a confronto col Bockstenmannen.

La mostra itinerante su Oetzi intende divulgare all’estero i contenuti dell’esposizione permanente allestita a Bolzano. Lo fa servendosi di riproduzioni e di installazioni multimediali. I reperti originali rimangono come sempre ben conservati nel Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige, da cui per ragioni di conservazione non possono essere spostati. La mostra rimarra’ in Svezia fino al 13 settembre 2009.

fonte: http://www.libero-news.it/adnkronos/view/139979 (leggermente corretto)

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giugno 21, 2009 Posted by | - Italia, Europa, Mostre & Fiere, P - Paleoantropologia, Paleontology / Paleontologia, Places | , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-06-20 – Spagna, Teruel: trovato nuovo ornitopode (Spain, new Ornithopod) (Espana, nuevo ornitópodo)

Paleontologists of  Dinópolis Foundation have found the back leg of new a dinosaur ornithopod of small size near a vertebra and a tooth of the “Turiasaurus riodevensis”. These remains are been founded in the deposit going back to 145 million years ago of Barrihonda-El Chimney of Riodeva, in Teruel , Spain.
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El nuevo ornitópodo de Teruel

Pata trasera del ornitópodo encontrado en Teruel. / Fundación Dinópolis

Pata trasera del ornitópodo encontrado en Teruel. / Fundación Dinópolis

  • Hallan la pata trasera de un nuevo dinosaurio de pequeño tamaño
  • También han localizado una vértebra y un diente del ‘Turiasaurus riodevensis’

La pata de un nuevo dinosaurio, seguramente un ornitópodo de hace unos 145 millones de años, es el último tesoro paleontológico encontrado en el yacimiento de Barrihonda-El Humero de Riodeva, en Teruel, en las excavaciones de este año de la Fundación Dinópolis.

Junto con este fósil, ya han aparecido una vértebra y un diente más del gigantesco ‘Turiasaurus riodevensis’, considerado el más grande de Europa, cuyo esqueleto cada vez está más completo.

El hallazgo de la pata trasera del nuevo dinosaurio fue una auténtica sorpresa, como explica Luis Alcalá, director de la Fundación Dinópolis: “Apareció el primer día de las excavaciones en el yacimiento, que es una explanada del tamaño de un campo de baloncesto. Estaban limpiando la zona cuando toparon con el fósil, a unos cuatro metros del ‘Turiasaurus’. Enseguida vimos que era otro dinosaurio nuevo, del grupo de los ornitópodos, pero aún no sabemos de qué especie”, explica el paleontólogo.

Los ornitópodos eran dinosaurios de tamaño pequeño, unos cinco metros incluida la cola, que comían plantas y andaban a cuatro patas. No tenían armadura, ni cuernos ni colmillos; posiblemente las únicas defensas con que contaron fueron su pico grande y fuerte y la cresta (aunque solo algunos).

A pocos metros de este ejemplar, se ha encontrado una vértebra del gigante de Riodeva, así como otro diente. Completar lo más posible su esqueleto es el objetivo prioritario del proyecto de la excavación, cuando ya se tiene un 45%. También han salido a la luz restos de carnívoros, entre ellos uno de grandes dimensiones.

A falta de realizar un exhaustivo estudio de los últimos huesos, el director de la Fundación plantea que podría haber habido una avalancha o algún otro suceso natural que provocó la muerte simultánea de varios dinosaurios, debido a la gran acumulación de huesos que hay en el mismo sitio.

Hace unas semanas, los investigadores confirmaron que animales carnívoros, alguno de grandes dimensiones, habían devorado a ‘Turiasaurus’, en cuyos restos de la cadera se identificaron perforaciones hechas por las mordeduras.

Las excavaciones en este yacimiento continuarán hasta el 20 de julio, si sigue este ritmo de hallazgos. “No podemos sacar más fósiles de los que podemos estudiar en los ocho meses siguientes. Y también hay que preparar el material”, comenta Alcalá.

Hasta ahora, el yacimiento de Barrihonda-El Humero está siendo una mina. Junto con el gigante de Europa y varios carnívoros, se había encontrado un estegosaurio, y la lista aumenta ahora con el nuevo ornitópodo.

Rosa M. Tristán | Madrid

source: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2009/06/16/ciencia/1245171379.html

giugno 20, 2009 Posted by | - Ornitopodi, - R. Dinosauri, 2 Jurassic / Giurassico, An. Vertebrates, Europa, Mesozoic, P - Ritrovamenti fossili | , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-06-19 – Mongolia: Nuovo Psittacosauro (new Psittacosaur)

Parrot-like dinosaur found in Mongolia

A new dinosaur resembling a giant parrot has been discovered in Mongolia.

 By Chris Irvine
Published: 7:00AM BST 17 Jun 2009
New dinosaur, Psittacosaurus gobiensis: Parrot-like dinosaur found in Mongolia
A new dinosaur, named Psittacosaurus gobiensis, meaning ‘parrot dinosaur’ has been discovered in Mongolia

The creature, Psittacosaurus gobiensis whose name means “parrot lizard”, is thought to have lived about 110 million years ago.

Psittacosaurs are noted for being the most species-rich dinosaur genus with at least nine different species, including the latest found in the Gobi Desert, a famous dinosaur graveyard.

Features of the dinosaur included a near perfect skull, strong jaw muscles and a powerful biting and crushing bill – showing that it evolved structures like those in today’s parrots.

The three feet long psittacosaurs may also have had a diet dominated by nuts and seeds, owing to the presence of many large stomach stones, according to the findings published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Prof Paul Sereno, a Biologist from the University of Chicago, said analysis of its skull showed it chewed its food in a similar way to modern parrots.

“These and other features, along with the presence of numerous large stomach stones, suggest that psittacosaurs may have had a high-fibre, nut eating diet,” he said.

Its short snout just a third of the skull length was different to most dinosaurs, giving the skull its parrot-esque profile.

They ate nothing but plants and walked normally on two legs but could reach the ground with their three-fingered hands.

They were good runners and were extremely successful in Asia about 100 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period.

“Psittacosaurs are all relatively small in body size, ranging from one to two metres in body length. Their geographic range is limited to central Asia, and their temporal range may be as narrow as 10-20 million years in the mid Cretaceous,” said Prof Sereno.

It is a member of the Ceratopsia group of herbivorous, beaked dinosaurs, which also include the more famous Triceratops.

source: telegraph.co.uk

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giugno 19, 2009 Posted by | 1 Cretaceo, Articolo sc. di riferimento, Asia, Mesozoic, P - Preservazione eccezionale, P - Ritrovamenti fossili | , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-06-18 – Limusaurus inextricabilis and the evolution of dinosaurs hands

per informazioni in italiano vedi:

BLOG THEROPODA – Limusaurus inextricabilis Xu et al. (2009) – Prima Parte: Un Ceratosauria senza denti dal Giurassico Superiore della Cina!

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New dinosaur gives bird wing clue

Limusarus fossil (James Clark)
The Limusaurus fossil sits among small crocodile fossils

A new dinosaur unearthed in western China has shed light on the evolution from dinosaur hands to the wing bones in today’s birds.

The fossil, from about 160 million years ago, has been named Limusaurus inextricabilis.

The find contributes to a debate over how an ancestral hand with five digits evolved to one with three in birds.

The work, published in Nature, suggests that the middle three digits, rather than the “thumb” and first two, remain.

Theropods – the group of dinosaurs ancestral to modern birds and which include the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex – are known for having hands and feet with just three digits.

It’s a really weird animal – it’s got no teeth, had a beak and a very long neck, and very wimpy forelimbs
James Clark, GWU

It has been a matter of debate how the three-fingered hand developed from its five-fingered ancestor. Each digit among the five was composed of a specific number of bones, or phalanges.

Palaeontologists have long argued that it is the first (corresponding to the thumb), second, and third fingers from that ancestral hand that survived through to modern birds, on grounds that the three fingers in later animals exhibit the correct number of phalanges.

However, developmental biologists have shown that bird embryos show growth of all five digits, but it is the first and fifth that later stop growing and are reabsorbed.

The remaining three bones fuse and form a vestigial “hand” hidden in the middle of a bird’s wing.

‘Weird animal’

James Clark of George Washington University in Washington DC and Xing Xu from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing hit an palaeontologist’s gold mine in the Junggar Basin of northwestern China.

Previous digs have unearthed the oldest known fossil belonging to the tyrannosaur group and the oldest horned dinosaur among several others.

Limusarus fossil (Portia Sloan)
The dinosaurs had beaks and may have had feathers

This time, the ancient mire has yielded a primitive ceratosaur, a theropod that often had horns or crests, many of whom had knobbly fingers without claws.

“It’s a really weird animal – it’s got no teeth, had a beak and a very long neck, and very wimpy forelimbs,” Professor Clark told BBC News.

“Then when we looked closely at the hand, we noticed it was relevant to a very big question in palaeontology.”

The fossil has a first finger which is barely present, made up of just one small bone near the wrist. The fifth finger is gone altogether.

It is a fossil that appears to offer a snapshot of evolution, proving that the more modern three-fingered hand is made up of the middle digits of the ancestral hand, with the outer two being shed.

The third finger is made up of the four phalange bones that the second should have, and it is presumed that the second would lose one bone to become like the first finger that was missing in the fossil.

This process of shifting patterns of gene expression from one limb or digit to another is known as an “identity shift”, and was again caught in the act – making the conflicting theories of bird hand origin suddenly align.

“This is amazing – it’s the first time we’ve seen this thing actually starting to disappear,” Jack Conrad, a palaeontologist at the American Museum of Natural History, told BBC News.

“There’s been this fundamental rift – there was no way to make peace between the good data we were seeing from the developmental biologists and the palaeontological evidence that showed with every fossil we found we were seeing [fingers] one, two and three.”

from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8105513.stm

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Other links:

Fossil Solves Mystery of Dinosaur Finger Evolution

FOXNews – ‎17/giu/2009‎

By Jeanna Bryner Bird wings clearly share ancestry with dinosaur “hands” or forelimbs. A school kid can see it in the bones.

Fossil Catches Dinosaur Red-Handed, Evolving Into Bird Wired News

NEW DINOSAUR: Fossil Fingers Solve Bird Wing Mystery? National Geographic

giugno 18, 2009 Posted by | - R. Dinosauri, - Teropodi, An. Vertebrates, Articolo sc. di riferimento, Asia, Italiano (riassunto), P - Evoluzione, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia, X - Nature | , | 1 commento

2009-06-15 – Atlante dei geositi della Liguria (aggiornamento)

Atlante dei geositi della Liguria – clicca qui per leggere l`aggiornamento

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2009-06-15 – Mare del Nord: pescati resti di “Uomo di Neanderthal” (North Sea, Homo neanderthalensis)

SCIENZA: FOSSILE DEL MARE DEL NORD APPARTENEVA A UOMO NEANDERTHAL

(ASCA) – Roma, 15 giu – Un frammento di osso recuperato nelle acque del mare del Nord apparteneva ad un uomo di Neanderthal. Secondo quanto rende noto il sito web della Bbc, il primo ritrovamento del genere, e’ stato confermato dall’analisi degli isotopi del fossile, che risale a 60 mila anni fa ed e’ appartenuto ad un uomo la cui alimentazione era carnivora, caratteristiche specifiche dell’uomo di Neanderthal.

Il Mare del Nord e’ una delle aree piu’ ricche del pianeta per ritrovamenti di fossili di mammiferi, dovuto al fatto che nelle ere passate i livelli dell’acqua erano sostanzialmente piu’ bassi di quelli odierni con vaste zone di terraferma.

Qui sono stati ritrovati molti reperti di animali dell’era glaciale, come cavalli, renne, rinoceronti e mammuth.

Il frammento di osso frontale scoperto a Leiden, nei Paesi Bassi, e’ il primo conosciuto reperto umano ”arcaico” recuperato dalle acque del mare in tutto il mondo. Fu ritrovato fra resti di altri animali e manufatti di pietra a 15 chilometri al largo delle coste olandesi nel 2001. Gli studi sui reperti sono stati condotti dal professor Jean-Jacques Hublin, del Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology di Leipzig, in Germania. ”Anche avendo un piccolo frammento di disposizione, possiamo ora sicuramente confermare la sua appartenenza ad un uomo di Neanderthal”, ha detto Hublin alla Bbc.

L’uomo di Neanderthal e’ vissuto nel periodo detto paleolitico, fra 130 mila e 25-30 mila anni fa in Europa, Africa e Asia

fonte: asca.it

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Sea gives up Neanderthal fossil

By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News

Neanderthal frontal bone (Museum of Antiquities in Leiden)

The fragment of skull belonged to a young adult male

Part of a Neanderthal man’s skull has been dredged up from the North Sea, in the first confirmed find of its kind.

Scientists in Leiden, in the Netherlands, have unveiled the specimen – a fragment from the front of a skull belonging to a young adult male.

Analysis of chemical “isotopes” in the 60,000-year-old fossil suggest a carnivorous diet, matching results from other Neanderthal specimens.

The North Sea is one of the world’s richest areas for mammal fossils.

But the remains of ancient humans are scarce; this is the first known specimen to have been recovered from the sea bed anywhere in the world.

For most of the last half million years, sea levels were substantially lower than they are today.

Significant areas of the North Sea were, at times, dry land. Criss-crossed by river systems, with wide valleys, lakes and floodplains, these were rich habitats for large herds of ice age mammals such as horse, reindeer, woolly rhino and mammoth.

Even with this rather limited fragment of skull, it is possible to securely identify this as Neanderthal
Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max Planck Institute

Their fossilised remains are brought ashore in large numbers each year by fishing trawlers and other dredging operations.

According to Professor Chris Stringer, from London’s Natural History Museum, some fishermen now concentrate on collecting fossils rather than their traditional catch.

“There were mammoth fossils collected off the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts 150 years ago, so we’ve known for some time there was material down there that was of this age, or even older,” Professor Stringer, a museum research leader, told BBC News. Indeed, some of the fossil material from the North Sea dates to the Cromerian stage, between 866,000 and 478,000 years ago.

It had been “only a matter of time”, he said, before a human fossil came to light.

Professor Stringer added: “The key thing for the future is getting this material in a better context.

“It would be great if we could get the technology one day to go down and search (in the sea floor) where we can obtain the dating, associated materials and other information we would get if we were excavating on land.”

Private collection

Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) were our close evolutionary cousins; they appear in the fossil record some 400,000 years ago.

These resourceful, physically powerful hunter-gatherers dominated a wide range spanning Britain and Iberia in the west, Israel in the south and Siberia in the east.

Our own species, Homo sapiens, evolved in Africa, and replaced the Neanderthals after entering Europe about 40,000 years ago.

The specimen was found among animal remains and stone artefacts dredged up 15km off the coast of the Netherlands in 2001.

Artist's impression of Neanderthal man (Museum of Antiquities)

Neanderthals were our close evolutionary cousins

The fragment was spotted by Luc Anthonis, a private fossil collector from Belgium, in the sieving debris of a shell-dredging operation.

Study of the specimen has been led by Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

“Even with this rather limited fragment of skull, it is possible to securely identify this as Neanderthal,” Professor Hublin told BBC News.

For instance, the thick bony ridge above the eyes – known as a supraorbital torus – is typical of the species, he said.

The fragment’s shape best matches the frontal bones of late Pleistocene examples of this human species, particularly the specimens known as La Chapelle-aux-Saints and La Ferrassie 1.

These examples, which were both unearthed in France, date from between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.

The North Sea fossil also bears a lesion caused by a benign tumour – an epidermoid cyst – of a type very rare in humans today.

The research links up with the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain 2 (AHOB 2) project, which aims to set Britain’s prehistory in a European context. Dutch archaeologist Wil Roebroeks, a collaborator on this study, is a member of the AHOB 2 research team.

Extreme ways

Dr Mike Richards, from the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, analysed different forms, or isotopes, of the elements nitrogen and carbon in the fossilised bone. This shed light on the types of foods eaten by this young male.

The results show he was an extreme carnivore, surviving on a diet consisting largely of meat.

“High in the food chain, they must have been quite rare on the ground compared to other mammals, which explains their rarity to some degree,” said Wil Roebroeks from the University of Leiden.

The results of the stable isotope analysis fit with what is known about other examples of this species, though other research suggests that in Gibraltar, on the southern coast of Iberia, some Neanderthals were exploiting marine resources, including dolphins, monk seals and mussels.

Researchers decided against carbon dating the specimen; this requires the preservation of a protein called collagen.

CT scan (Max Planck Institute)

A CT scan shows the find super-imposed on another Neanderthal skull

Professor Hublin explained that while there was some collagen left in the bone, scientists would have needed to destroy approximately half of the fossil in order to obtain enough for dating.

Professor Roebroeks told BBC News: “Dutch scientists – geologists and archaeologists alike – are hoping this find will convince governmental agencies that the Netherlands needs to invest much more in that… archive of Pleistocene sediments off our coast – and off the coast of Britain.”

He said this submerged repository contained “high resolution information on past climate change and its environmental consequences, points of reference for how rivers ‘worked’ before any human interference and now, as this find shows, remains of people who once roamed these landscapes.”

Professor Hublin said the individual was living at the extreme edge of the Neanderthals’ northern range, where the relatively cold environment would have challenged their capabilities to the limit. Neanderthal remains have been found at only two sites this far north.

“What we have here is a marginal population, probably with low numbers of people,” Professor Hublin explained.

“It’s quite fascinating to see that these people were able to cope with the environment and be so successful in an ecological niche which was not the initial niche for humans.”

While these hunting grounds would at times have provided plentiful sources of meat for a top carnivore, Neanderthals living in these areas would also have been at the mercy of fluctuations in the numbers of big game animals.

Periodic dips in populations of mammals such as reindeer could have caused local extinctions of Neanderthal groups which hunted them, Dr Hublin explained.

Paul.Rincon-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk

Neanderthal frontal bone (Museum of Antiquities in Leiden)

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8099377.stmf

giugno 15, 2009 Posted by | - Mammiferi, - Ominidi, - Primati, An. Vertebrates, Cenozoic, Europa, Lang. - Italiano, P - Paleoantropologia, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , , , , | Lascia un commento

Raggiunti 50000 visitatori sul Blog: Grazie !!! – 50000 visitors on the blog: Thank you very much !!!

50000 visitatori, solo una parola: Grazie !!!

Quando ho cominciato questo blog mai avrei immaginato di raggiungere tale numero in cosi` poco tempo. Quindi grazie di cuore a tutti, specialmente coloro che con i loro commenti hanno arricchito tale blog e mi hanno spesso dato spunto di parlare della cosa che amo di piu`, ovvero la paleontologia.

Mi scuso inoltre con coloro cui ho promesso una risposta che poi non è mai arrivata, (ma da quando ho cominciato la mia “avventura” all`Università` di Plymouth non ho piu` tanto tempo libero da dedicare al blog). Comunque mi riprometto di farlo prima o poi: meglio tardi che mai …

Nel caso ci fosse qualche che volesse aiutarmi nel raccogliere paleo-news e a pubblicarle sul blog si faccia avanti, mi farebbe molto piacere.

Ancora grazie a tutti e a presto.

Giuseppe

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50000 visitors on the blog:

Thank you very much !!!

50000 visitors, only a word: Thanks!

When I have begun this blog I never would have imagined to reach such number in so little time. Therefore thanks very much to all, especially those who with their comments have enriched such blog and have often given me cue to speak about the thing who I love more: the palaeontology.

Moreover I apologize with those people to which I have promised an answer that it has never arrived (but from when I have begun my “adventure” in the University of Plymouth I do not have more much free time to dedicate to the blog). However I intend to do it as soon as possible: better late than never…

If there were someone who would help me to collect palaeo-news and to publish them on the blog you move in, it would make me very happy.

Still thanks to all and see you soon.

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A virtual postcard to all, Lyme Regis 13-06-2009

Fog on Lime Regis

Fog on Lyme Regis

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2009-06-12 – Italia: il 4 dinosauro !!! (fourth Italian dinosaur)

Con un po` di ritardo ecco il post su una notizia “eccezonale”.

Un osso ritrovato in sedimenti di origine marina nel Cenomaniano della Sicilia e stato identificato come appartenente a un dinosauro (il quarto ritovato in Italia).

Per info piu` dettagliate: Blog – Teropoda

Riferimento bibliografico:

Garilli, V, et al. “First dinosaur bone from Sicily identified by histology and its palaeobiogeographical implications.” Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie 252.2 (2009):207-216.

giugno 12, 2009 Posted by | - Italia, - R. Dinosauri, An. Vertebrates, Articolo sc. di riferimento, Bl - Top posts, Blogs, Europa, Lang. - Italiano, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia, Theropoda | , , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-06-06 – Serbia: ritrovato scheletro di mammuth (Mammoth skeleton)

Serbia’s Million-Year-Old Mammoth Skeleton

Local media reported on Wednesday that a finely preserved skeleton of a mammoth believed to be around one million years old was uncovered near an archaeological site in eastern Serbia, AFP reported.

An archeologist works on a recently unearthed skeleton of a mammoth at the open pit coal mine in Kostolac, some 95 km east of Belgrade, Thursday, June 4, 2009. A skeleton of a so-called southern mammoth or mammuthus meridionalis, originating from northern Africa believed to be about one million years old has been unearthed in eastern Serbia. The mammoth was more than 4 meters (13 feet) high, 5 meters (16 feet) long and weighed more than 10 tons, Miomir Korac from the Archaeology Institute says. Another mammoth skeleton, from a much later period, was discovered at a factory in Serbia in 1996 and was named Kika. (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)

An archeologist works on a recently unearthed skeleton of a mammoth at the open pit coal mine in Kostolac, some 95 km east of Belgrade, Thursday, June 4, 2009. A skeleton of a so-called southern mammoth or mammuthus meridionalis, originating from northern Africa believed to be about one million years old has been unearthed in eastern Serbia. The mammoth was more than 4 meters (13 feet) high, 5 meters (16 feet) long and weighed more than 10 tons, Miomir Korac from the Archaeology Institute says. Another mammoth skeleton, from a much later period, was discovered at a factory in Serbia in 1996 and was named Kika. (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)

Archaeologist Miomir Korac said the skeleton was uncovered during ongoing excavations of the site at Viminacium, a Roman military settlement on the Danube river.

“The skeleton is extremely well preserved, with only a slightly damaged skull,” said Zoran Markovic of Serbia’s Nature museum.

Markovic told B92 television the skeleton is believed to be about one million years old, based on the layers of the grounds where it was uncovered.

The mammoth was estimated to be over 13 feet and possibly weighing up to 10 tons, according to experts.

B92 reported that the animal could have died near the Danube on its way from northern Africa and to southern Europe.

Fossil remains of a mammoth were found near the northern Serbian town Kikinda in 1996. The half a million year old mammoth was named Kika and soon became a tourist attraction.

Local authorities will organize a “Mammoth fest” on September 6 to celebrate “Kika’s 12th birthday,” according to its Website www.kika-mamut.com.

Source: redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports

giugno 6, 2009 Posted by | - Mammiferi, 2 Pleistocene, An. Vertebrates, Europa, P - Ritrovamenti fossili, Paleontology / Paleontologia | , , , , | Lascia un commento

2009-06-05 – Cupra marittima: 33ª mostra malacologica

Si inaugura la 33ª mostra malacologica

Da sabato 6 giugno sarà possibile tornare ad ammirare i 900 mila pezzi conservati nel museo delle conchiglie di Cupra Marittima

CUPRA MARITTIMA – La Mostra Malacologia riapre le sue porte. Sabato 6 giugno infatti, a Cupra Marittima, si inaugura la 33ª edizione della più importante mostra di conchiglie organizzata in Europa. Sono 900 mila le conchiglie da poter ammirare.

L’edizione del 2009 è arricchita anche da una mostra fotografica curata dal professor Carlo Maccà. Fra le novità, anche la nuova veste dell’ingresso del Museo Malacologico che ora è dotata di un pannello realizzato nel salernitano dall’industria ceramica “Il Pozzo”. Il pannello raffigura la conchiglia più conosciuta in ambito malacologico: il Nautilus pompilius in dimensioni gigantesche.

Sabato 6 giugno viene anche ufficializzata la nuova esposizione dedicata ai trilobiti e saranno presentati i fossili tornati “liberi” dopo il recente decreto di dissequestro totale di tutti i reperti paleontologici del Museo Malacologico. Presenti inoltre i fossili recentemente donati al museo dall’Avvocato Marco Maria Brunetti di Ancona, in particolare una straordinaria tibia appartenuta ad un Elephas primigenius, vissuto oltre un milione di anni fa.

Nell’ambito della cerimonia inaugurale, programmata per le ore 18, sarà consegnato il Premio Internazionale “Una vita per la malacologia 2009” al professor Enzo Campani, malacologo livornese, Redattore del Notiziario Sim, supplemento del Bollettino Malacologico. Campani è professore asosciato di Fisica dell’Università do Pisa, ha pubblicato diversi lavori in svariati argomenti, prevalentemente sistematici e faunistici inerenti i molluschi, è presidente del Gruppo Malacologico Livornese e socio della Società Malacologica Italiano sin dal 1975. È possibile visitare la mostra fino al 5 settembre, tutti i pomeriggi. Per informazioni è attivo il numero 3473704310.

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