Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Amazingly Preserved New Theropod Announced

Meet the new guy on the block. This has broken out all over the paleoworld tonight and is causing quite a stir – and rightly so. Oliver Rauhut and his fellow workers from the Bavarian State Museum for Palaeontology and Geology made the announcement earlier today.
Found in Upper Jurassic sediments, around 150 million years old, the skeleton is incredibly 98% complete representing a juvenile theropod and is 72cm long. This small animal represents the most complete theropod ever found in Europe and one of the most complete in the world. The animal will be officially announced on October 27th in Munich and as yet has no official name or description but as you can see from this image, it is a spectacular specimen.

Fellow blogger Andrea Cau has initially described it as possibly a “compsognathid-grade tetanuran”  (with a proviso!) and very Juravenator-like whilst Tom Holtz has already mentioned that the animal has “.....some pretty big implications.” Expect the wires to be ablaze for days to come regarding this little guy!


Anonymous said...

I have heard it's a juvenile megalosauroid. I have always been a supporter that feathers aren't Coelurosauria exclusive. It would be quite awesome to have proof of that.

Mark Wildman said...

This is what makes this specimen so interesting. However, we are all speculating at the moment and if you think the fascination surrounding this animal is hot now, wait until the paper is published!

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