Friday, August 21, 2009

Dinosaur odds and ends

There are a whole bunch of things that came up recently that I've meant to blog about, but haven't bothered to do - that being said, I have about 10 tabs open right now with stuff that I want to close. So, here is a whole bunch of stuff (and then Jeopardy is on again!)

First, I may be able to get a job with Parks Canada once I've moved out to Peterborough, and that would be awesome. I'll have to see what comes of it, but I'd be really excited to get a job like that.

Awful dinosaur jokes
How can you tell a male dinosaur from a female dinosaur? Ask it a question. If he answers, it's a male; if she answers, it's female. There are another dozen bad jokes available at the Tehran Times website. I would have imagined that Tehran had much more important things going on to have space in their paper for this sort of thing?

Europe's largest dinosaur tracks found in the Swiss Alps

The three-toed animal, which probably measured between 15 and 20 feet long, walked through what is now the Swiss Alps more than 210 million years ago, experts said.

The 15-inch-long prints belonged to a carnivore from the Triassic period that would have been the biggest predator on the planet at the time.

A team of palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum in Basel found the prints at 3,300 metres on a mountain in Ela Nature Reserve, Switzerland's largest park.

The footprints were originally made when the region was a huge tropical coast before millions of years of geological pressure folded the land into mountains.

More telling pterosaur tracks
Someone's found the tracks of a pterosaur, and they figure that they're the tracks of it actually landing, which is pretty neat. You can read more about it here, if you care to.

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