Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Chinese Decorating Dinosaur Fossils With Rhinestones

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It seems birds of a feather are jeweled together for one archeologist who is trying to link the evolution of birds from dinosaurs.

Archeologist Mark Norell has spent years in China researching feathered dinosaur fossils to prove that dinosaurs and birds are closely related.

But often the crown jewel of an archaeological discovery can literally be covered in jewels.

Norell says it’s not unusual to find fossils for sale in marketplaces that have been decorated with rhinestones.

He says local cottage industries dig up the bones and, as Norell puts it, “improve things,” to make them more marketable.

It doesn’t shock or outrage him though.

In his words, “I have a pragmatic view to the ownership of fossils.”

Norell’s full findings are detailed in his book Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery (Pi Press).

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