We all remember the story about the ancient Roman city, whose residents have been bombarded with live layer of volcanic ash. Because of this, not only survived the voids in the form of figures of people, but also keratin things - nails, hair. Something similar is found on excavations in Chita - voids that will help you understand exactly how dinosaurs looked, also we will be able to recreate the kind of ancient dinosaurs, even see their color. Moreover, we hope that we will be able to find a completely new animal - but it's still a big secret.
If this is true, it would be absolutely amazing! According to this article in Truth of Amur, a new fossil site near Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, has been discovered with dinosaur remains preserved in voids, similar to how human remains were preserved at Pompeii. Russian paleontologist Yuri Bolotsky said in the article (poorly translated to English):
According to Google Translate, Bolotsky goes on to say, "Another reason not to dig in the Amur region - the lack of filthy lucre that smells independence". Um. What? I reckon I'll wait for a better translation before I report more on this site, but in the meantime I'm thinking of an excellent idea for a post-doctorate...
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Dr Caitlin Syme is a palaeontologist who recently finished her PhD at The University of Queensland, studying the taphonomy (preservation state) of fossil non-avian dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish from the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia. Think forensic science or CSI for fossils, and you're on the right track!
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