The Munich Mineral Show 2013.

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rock and gem magazine issue 62 winter 2013After show snippets: Over 1,250 exhibitors
from 63 nations presented and sold a top-class diversified range of goods in four halls of the Munich International Trade Fair Centre with approximately 4,2000 registered visitors. At Mineralworld, the special exhibition GOLD fascinated visitors and professionals alike.

gold specimen
gold specimen,the Dragon, from the Houston Museum of Natural Science


Here, crystalline gold was on display from renown museums and private collectors, treasures of incomparable value. Probably the most valuable gold specimen, the Dragon, which is property of the Houston Museum of Natural Science attracted big attention and also the Corsage which is owned by Dona and Wayne Leicht was a true crowd puller.

The Gomphotherium of Gweng displayed at Fossilworld. It was voted ‘Fossil of the Year 2013’ and it is usually archived at the Paleontologisches Museum Munchen and inaccessible to the public. But the most spectacular object of this year’s show was the dinosaur that was first described as Megalosaurus Bucklandii. The first bones of this raptor were found in a chalk-pit in Oxfordshire, England, in 1676.The scientific first description was made by William Buckland in 1824. He based his description of this huge lizard on the fragments of a lower jaw with many big bent teeth. Three years later, in 1827, Gideon Mantell mentioned Megalosaurus in his geological analysis of southeast England and gave the species its current name: Megalosaurus bucklandii, 18 years after the finding of Megalosaurus. Despite many finds from England, France and Portugal there has not been found a complete skeleton until today. For science, this fossil has an incomparable worth.

Gomphotherium of Gweng
Gomphotherium of Gweng

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