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29 December 2019

At https://phys.org/news/2019-12-brazil-pampas-triassic-flourished.html … this concerns a top of the food chain dinosaur, the Gnathovorex. It was ten feet long and bigger than other dinosaurs at the time, back in the Triassic. They roamed about it what was then a Brazilian pampas environment.

At  https://phys.org/news/2019-12-baby-dinosaurs-australia.html … fossils of baby dinosaurs have been unearthed on the south coast of Victoria, in Australia. Some of the bones are so small they probably come from animals that died while still inside their eggs, it is thought. Slightly large bones are suspected to come fom animals recently hatched – but nest bound perhaps. The eggs themselves were not found. See also www,nature.com/articles/141598-019-56068-8 …

At https://phys.org/news/2019-12-jackalope-ancient-spider-fossil-deemed.html … was published in the journal Palaeontonology (2019) and see also https://doi.org/10.11646/palaeoentomology.2.5.15 … which concerns a Lower Cretaceous fossil from China – which was thought to be a spider. It's not. It was misidentified and is now classified as a crayfish – on which somebody had added some legs (artificially). It was very big for a spider and therefore the forger was out to make a fast buck. This is not the first time fossil hunters have been taken for a ride  by careful restorers – in the hope of a magic pay day.

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