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June 2015 Newsletter

FROM THE EDUCATION DESK
Forty three fossilized dinosaur eggs have been discovered earlier this month by construction workers in the city of Heyuan in south China’s Guangdong province. The city is known as “the hometown of the dinosaur”. Du Yanli, a local archeologist, said that 19 of the eggs had been found intact. More than 13,000 eggs have been found in Heyuan in the last two decades earning the city a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest collection of dinosaur eggs. The first discovery came in 1995 when a group of school boys unearthed what they thought were stones while playing on a building site. Since then dozens of dinosaur skeletons and footprints have also been found around Heyuan.
Low flying drones are being used by paleontologists to track dinosaur footprints in Western Australia north with a never before seen view. A team from the University of Queensland is halfway through a three year project to document hundreds of dinosaur footprints that were left along the West Kimberly coast. Steve Salisbury, the team leader, says “the drone allows us to get as close as we need to and customize the imagery we want, which is proving to be really, really interesting.” The image will be fed into the computer software that will eventually create 3D images of the dinosaur’s movements along the coast. Some track ways are large circular imprints left by sauropods, while others are more bird-like, three toed theropod prints. The drones are a big help since documenting the prints can be a challenge because some are located within jagged rocks and would be unrecognizable to the untrained eye. These track ways are a record of what the dinosaurs were doing 130 million years ago. The project is due to wrap up by the end of 2016.
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Bolivia has become the country with the greatest number of dinosaur footprints in the world, following the discovery of 5,000 new ones, including those of two new species, in the Cal Orcko outcrop near Sucre, an area already known to have 5,000 tracks of this kind. The new discovery was made by a team headed by Swiss paleontologist Christian Meyer, director of the Natural History Museum of Basel.
The outcrop, 360ft. high and almost 1 mile wide was already famous for the 5, 022 tracks that have been registered since 2006. The researchers have now found footprints of several species including two that were previously unknown, and were named after Sucre and Cal Orcko. More than 10,000 tracks have been found and the final report is not in yet.
The various species that inhabited the area lived around 65 million years ago.

Geri Lebold
Education Director

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

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