Is It News?
To summarize the article, a fossil was discovered in Brazil in 2013, and the fossil was taken in a raid in Sao Paulo. The fossil is known as Tupandactylus navigan from the pterosaur species. In the article, Dr. David Hone notes that fossil smuggling in Brazil is very popular.
The author uses great detail when talking about the new bird fossil, but lacked including information about the problems of fossil smuggling and how it is important to this story. The part about fossil smuggling did not interest me, in fact it confused me. It is unclear who Victor Beccari is. Is he one of the people who found the fossil or one of the people who took the fossil? There is little information about the seizing of the fossil in Sao Paulo. After reading, I don’t know who found the fossil or who took the fossil. It was said at the end of the article that the fossil was safe in a museum. Stolen fossils really have nothing to do with this story.
That being said, I was intrigued about the fossil itself. The author does a good job describing the bird and using images of what the bird would have looked like. This, to me, is the most interesting part of the story. I would like to know more about the bird and if anyone has found any similar fossils since 2013.
I don’t think the article is news. It does not have enough information to help me make a good decision on whether or not I should steal fossils. I think fossils are cool, and if I find one, I want to keep it and study it myself. There will always be new bones and fossils uncovered all over the world, and I want to read an article that makes me feel like I’m discovering a new fossil.