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01-12-2020 | Editorial | Issue 12/2020

ATZ worldwide 12/2020

A Living Fossil

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ATZ worldwide > Issue 12/2020
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Frank Jung
Imagine the amazement of the paleontologists when they make a sensational discovery in a rock stratum that is 48 million years old. Between the beetle Protognathinus spielbergi, named after Steven Spielberg, and the ancient horse-like creature Eurohippus messelensis, they reveal a fossilized Machina rudolfdieseli which even has an overhead cam that has been beautifully preserved. Please forgive me for this flight of fancy, but it is what always comes to my mind when someone mentions the "fossil combustion engine." It is the fuel used in the engine that is of fossil origin. Whether the engine itself is a fossil, as many people would like it to be, has by no means been decided, despite the prevailing hype over electric cars. ...

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