A 99 million-year-old fossil specimen from Myanmar is to be the highlight of an amber exhibition at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung that starts at the end of next month.
Experts believe that the fossil resin exhibit contains dinosaur remains, including skin and feathers.
Yang Tzu-ruei (楊子睿), an assistant researcher in geology at the museum, said that the feathers of modern birds have solid shafts, while hollow feather shafts, such as those found on the fossilized feathers, are more common in dinosaurs.
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Natural Science via CNA
The piece was uncovered in a location in Myanmar that experts believe was once a lagoon, he added.
Due to the proximity of lagoons to land and the sea, Yang said it is reasonable for such locations to contain ancient fossils from aquatic and land animals.
Two other pieces, which were uncovered in eastern Taiwan, would also be featured in the exhibition.
The two pieces, each only slightly bigger than a NT$1 coin, are encased in rocks that scientists using chemical analysis believe to have formed from resin of an extinct tree of the Dipterocarpaceae family.
The ambers were on Thursday unveiled at a news conference ahead of the exhibition, along with other specimens containing preserved feathers, skin samples or parasites.
The museum also signed a memorandum of understanding with Keelung’s National Taiwan Ocean University on exchanges of artifacts and cooperation between researchers.
The university would assist the museum in setting up a hall for exhibitions focused on minerals, it said.
MASKS STAY ON: The changes include a shorter self-disease prevention period for confirmed cases and the removal of body temperature scanners from public venues Starting today, confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to isolate at home for seven days, followed by up to seven days of self-health management, to end when they test negative with a rapid test, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. The new policy, dubbed “7+n,” replaces the “7+7” rule that required confirmed cases to isolate at home for seven days, followed by seven days of self-health management. The “7+n” isolation rule would further be shortened to “5+n” on Monday next week, the CECC said. Starting today, close contacts who live with a confirmed case no longer need to isolate at home,
INTERNATIONAL LIST: National Taiwan University retained 19th spot for the third consecutive year, while China’s Peking University topped the list Nine Taiwanese universities entered the top 100 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings released on Tuesday. National Taiwan University (NTU) retained 19th spot for the third consecutive year, the ranking showed. NTU was the only higher education institution from Taiwan that made the top 20 in the ranking, which lists 760 Asian universities. The eight other Taiwanese universities in the top 100 are National Cheng Kung University (36th), National Tsing Hua University (38th), National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (43rd), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (59th), National Taiwan Normal University (70th), National Taipei University of Technology (73rd), National Sun
BEWARE: While reporting on the successes police have had in cracking down on human trafficking, officials warned that people are still being conned by job scams The kidnapping and torture of more than 60 people involved Taiwan’s major gangs, police officials said as authorities warned that jobseekers are still being conned by human traffickers. At a news conference in Taipei yesterday, National Police Agency Director-General Huang Ming-chao (黃明昭) praised judicial agencies and local police for their diligence, when announcing that nine suspects had been arrested in a case of alleged kidnapping and human trafficking by a gang based in the Hsinchu area. “Our government is taking strong action, with law enforcement agencies undertaking operations across the nation. We are clamping down on snakehead operations involving human trafficking to
Taiwan must remain independent and democratic, Robert Tsao (曹興誠), founder and former chairman of contract chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), told an event in Hsinchu City yesterday. In a speech titled “Taiwan’s bright future,” he said that people might feel depressed amid China’s pressure campaign against Taiwan, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflation and the current soft stock market. However, the future of the world is bright, he said. The economies of many countries are growing exponentially, there is increasingly less poverty and life expectancy is rising in many countries, while the infant mortality rate is improving, he said, citing data from popular science


Shop Sephari