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‘Century-old Indian Dinosaur Fossils yet to be Recovered and Restored,’ says a British Geologist

A major chunk of the excavated bones were shipped to the British and American museums, and subsequently returned to India and presently housed in Indian Museum and GSI, Kolkata

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Dinosaur fossil in a museum. Representational image. Youtube

Kolkata, November 11, 2016: A section of fossil records of Indian dinosaurs, described by British geologist Charles Matley in the early 20th century, are yet to be traced and some, which are housed in the Indian Museum here, have not even been restored, an expert said.

“Some of the collections which he (Matley) claimed were restored back to India are missing over the last 100 years. Some of the specimens are in a bad shape and improperly stored. The challenge is to describe the collected material and restore it.

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“It is a big challenge to restore them as they are extremely fragile,” veteran palaeontologist D.M. Mohabey said at a national workshop on applications of palaeontology in archaeology at the museum on Wednesday.

“Restore the specimens which are misplaced. Some of the specimens packed in 1932 have not been opened yet. They are in writings of Matley,” he demanded.

Narrating the history of excavations of dinosaur fossils in India, Mohabey, a former Joint Director General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI), said the period 1917-33 was the first golden age of research on Indian dinosaurs when Matley carried out excavations in two expeditions (1917-1921 and 1932-1933) in the lameta sediments at Jabalpur (in now Madhya Pradesh) and at Pisdura (now Maharashtra).

Matley’s collections were subsequently distributed in three museums across the world: British Museum of Natural History (BMNH) (now the Natural History Museum), London, the American Museum of Natural History, New York (AMNH) and Indian Museum.

A major chunk of the excavated bones were shipped to the British and American museums for preparation and description, and subsequently returned to India and presently housed in Indian Museum and GSI, Kolkata, said Mohabey, adding the foreign museums still house critical specimens from the collection.

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“But at the same time a section of the specimens that he had collected were never taken to Britain.

“They lie here only, in the galleries of the Indian Museum which the GSI maintains. Many are in the same stage in which he had excavated and packed… they are still like that. Some of the collections were never opened,” he said.

The GSI and the University of Michigan have recently embarked on a programme to recover missing fossil bones in museum collections and to collect new bones from field sites.

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Efforts at the Indian Museum and GSI repositories have resulted in the recovery of the misplaced holotypic (a single specimen used as basis for original description of species) caudal vertebra of India’s first dinosaur, Titanosaurus indicus. (IANS)

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Fossil Gen 5: Will keep Wear OS Enthusiasts Happy (Tech Review)

Conclusion: The Fossil Gen 5 offers a dependable proposition, which has ample versatility. Also, one can easily swap the straps for customising it further. The smartwatch is meant to keep both Wear OS fans and fitness enthusiasts happy

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Fossil Gen 5 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3,100 chip, which, as promised, helps the device with battery life. (Representational image). Pixabay

BY KRISHNA SINHACHAUDHURY 

When you think of Google’s Wear OS, not many names of smartwatches may strike you immediately. But keen observers may recall Misfit and some others might name Fossil.

The Texas-headquartered Fossil is one of the few brands that have remained loyal to Google’s Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear). The company refreshes its smartwatch line-up each year minus the fanfare that a Samsung smartwatch enjoys.

Incidentally, Samsung’s new watches and hearables (both self-branded as well as JBL-branded) captured 9.8 per cent share of the global wearable market, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

Powered by Wear OS, Fossil has now introduced the Gen 5 Smartwatch in the growing India wearable market for Rs 22,995 that promises extended battery mode and has a swim proof speaker.

Here’s how the smartwatch fared in real life.

Those familiar with Fossil smartwatches will feel at home with the Gen 5. We reviewed the “Carlyle” style Gen 5 which has a typical masculine approach.

It sports a chunky 1.28-inch AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 328ppi (pixel per inch) and three pushers on the right side and the middle of which is a rotatable crown. However, the bezel doesn’t rotate like a Samsung Galaxy watch.

The display is beautiful and sharp to look at. However, the bright outdoors can make it a tad trickier to see.

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Those familiar with Fossil smartwatches will feel at home with the Gen 5. We reviewed the “Carlyle” style Gen 5 which has a typical masculine approach. (Representational image). Pixabay

Underneath sits the heart rate sensor that does not detect irregular heartbeat which the Apple Watch does, or what Samsung’s upcoming Tizen OS smartwatches promise.

Fossil Gen 5 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3,100 chip, which, as promised, helps the device with battery life.

We found that the battery life was better than the average Wear OS watches out there, falling a little short of a day’s life on a single charge. However, keeping the always on display can lead to further depletion of the battery.

The company has custom modes to further help the device last longer.

The addition of a speaker was refreshing. One can use it while keeping it connected to their smartphone.

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The speaker also allows your watch to answer you when are using Google Assistant and also can take calls from the watch.

The device is also water resistant up to 3ATM.

Conclusion: The Fossil Gen 5 offers a dependable proposition, which has ample versatility. Also, one can easily swap the straps for customising it further. The smartwatch is meant to keep both Wear OS fans and fitness enthusiasts happy. (IANS)