Niedersächsisches Raubsaurier gets a face

New feathered dinosaur model in the Landesmuseum Hannover

Bird-like "Troodontidae" © Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover
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The riddle of the appearance of a track-producing dinosaur found in the Obernkirchen sandstone quarries in Lower Saxony in 2008 has been solved. On the basis of scientific results, an artist has created an amazingly lifelike reconstruction of the approximately three-meter-long and 1.30-meter-high animal from the group of the very bird-like "Troodontidae".

In 2008, unknown dinosaur tracks were found in the 140 million year old sandstones of Bückeberg. These were characterized by the fact that they are only zweizehig and not, as usual for Lower Saxony tracks of predator dinosaurs, threefold. According to researchers, this clearly speaks in favor of representatives of the so-called sickle-bellied dinosaurs, who turned a toe up while running in order to protect the sitting, very large sickle-claw from abrasion.

Artist succeeds in realistic reconstruction

The exact assignment of the tracks to the dinosaur family of the "Troodontidae", only through intensive research in the past three years. The data gained by Annette Richter, curator of the geosciences section of the Landesmuseum Hannover, and her freelance project colleague Torsten van der Lubbe, now formed the foundation for the new Dino model.

In cooperation with the Serbian artist Boban Filipovic, a realistic reconstruction of the unknown "troodontid" was created. Helpful for the project were the scientific knowledge of the paleontology student of the University of Belgrade, who was already nominated for the "Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize" in 2009.

As intelligent as ravens

The dinosaur model is equipped with feathers of turkey, domestic chicken and emu and has conspicuously large, partially forward-looking eyes. The animals were most likely at night or dawn active. The slender Dino had long legs and turned out to be a fast, perennial runner, according to the scientists. The researchers also suspect that the animals were as intelligent as small mammals or corvids. display

"We are very pleased that the Friends of Natural History in the Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum have thankfully taken over the financing, and that today we can already present this current and exciting new addition to our natural history exhibition to be restructured in the future, " said Katja Lembke, Director the Landesmuseum Hannover on Friday.

(Nieders chsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, 17.10.2011 - DLO)