Chilean ichthyosaurs discovered


This video is called The history of paleoillustrations: Ichthyosauria.

From the Santiago Times in Chile:

Palaeontologists discover Jurassic marine reptile fossils, the oldest ever found in Torres del Paine

February, 11 2010

After undergoing difficult weather conditions (heavy rain, strong winds, and frequent snow storms) palaeontologists at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia recently uncovered the remains of four marine reptiles from the Jurassic period.

The Jurassic classification of the reptile, scientifically named Ichthyosauri, makes these fossils the oldest found in the area. One of the female skeletal fossils contained fossil evidence of a reptile fetus.

“[This discovery] makes the Torres del Paine National Park one of the most important paleontology sites for marine reptiles in the world,” said University of Heidelburg professor Wolfgang Stinnesbeck.

The palaeontologists were also able to extract bone marrow from the remains, which will be analyzed in German labs to reconstruct and study the dinosaur’s anatomy.

Ichthyosaurs, though living at the same time as dinosaurs, are not dinosaurs themselves.

The presence of bone marrow demonstrates the incredible preservation conditions unique to Torres del Paine, said Chilean biologist Judith Pardo.

The excavation project, which began in 2007, is led by German experts Stinnesbeck and Eberhard “Dino” Frey from the Karlsruhe Natural History Museum.

Marine reptiles, which at the time of the last great extinction included mosasaurs, plesiosaurs and pliosaurs: here.

A teenager in Queensland, Australia, recently dug up a 100-million-year old Dinosaur Era marine reptile in his school’s vegetable garden. A local museum has since identified the fossil as belonging to an ichthyosaur: here.

Giant reptiles that ruled dinosaur-era seas might have been warm-blooded, a new study says: here.

Swedish nazi Auschwitz sign thief arrested


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From Associated Press:

Suspect in Auschwitz sign theft arrested in Sweden

Thursday, February 11, 2010; 9:23 AM

STOCKHOLM — Swedish authorities say a man wanted in Poland in connection with the theft of a famous sign at Auschwitz has been arrested in Stockholm.

Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnstrom says 34-year-old Anders Hogstrom was arrested Thursday on a European arrest warrant.

Qvarnstrom says Hogstrom will be appointed a defense lawyer and questioned by Swedish investigators before authorities can decide on extraditing him to Poland.

Polish officials have said Hogstrom is suspected of incitement to commit theft of a cultural treasure.

The sign was stolen in December from the site of the Nazis’ former Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Polish police found the sign in the woods three days later, and charged five Polish men with its theft.

Neo-nazi Hogström (Associated Press forgot the dots on the ö) is the ex-Führer of the Swedish National Socialist Front.

See also here.