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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 9:57 p.m. PST

…from the Italian Alps.

"This unique specimen, which also represents the first Jurassic dinosaur from Italy, was accidentally discovered in 1996 by a fossil amateur within a quarry near Saltrio, some 80 km N-E of Milan. Many bones of Saltriovenator bear feeding marks by marine invertebrates, which represent the first case on dinosaurian remains and indicate that the dinosaur carcass floated in a marine basin and then sunk, remaining on the sea bottom for quite a long time before burial.

Although fragmentary, "Saltriovenator shows a mosaic of ancestral and advanced anatomical features, respectively seen in the four-fingered dilophosaurids and ceratosaurians, and the three-fingered tetanuran theropods, such as allosaurids," says first author Cristiano Dal Sasso, of the Natural History Museum of Milan, who reassembled and studied the fossil for several years…."
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Katzbalger27 Dec 2018 5:36 a.m. PST

If a "fossil amateur" discovered it in a quarry, was it really accidental? I mean, this person WAS looking for fossils, right?


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 7:15 a.m. PST

No a Fossil Amateur is someone who didn't pay a great deal of money for a piece of Paper that says they Know what they are doing. More Outstanding fossils are found by Amateurs then Professionals. You just have yo be in the right place and Have a trained Eye.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 11:02 a.m. PST



Bowman27 Dec 2018 5:44 p.m. PST

It's not that simple. One man's amateur paleontologist is another man's poacher.


Unless we have the training, we are in no position to understand the damage that these "archeologists" are doing. To compound the problems, the rich are paying big bucks for stuff that should be in museums and studied for posterity by experts. The amateurs are in it for the money and not the science.

The story in the OP is a happy exception.

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