Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dinosaur run down

I've been learning to bake bread in the last few weeks. With some luck and coincidence, the recipe I have makes enough dough for two loaves of bread, and we happen to have, courtesy of our bridal showers, two bread pans. So, the last two loaves of bread were very nice, but I think the next two that I just finished kneading, will be even better. You should come over and try some. Leave a message and I'll get you directions.

Dinosaur stuff:
Feathered dinosaur fossils find has Chinese scientists all aflutter

Why it's cool: "Because the fossils, unearthed in north-eastern China, are older than previous discoveries of similar creatures, the find adds weight to the theory that birds descended from predatory dinosaurs.

The fossils all have feathers or feather-like structures. The clearest and most striking of the specimens can be seen to have four wings, extensive plumage and profusely feathered feet."

It was discovered by Xu Xing in the Liaoning province. It is believed to have lived between 151 - 164 million years ago with feathers on all four limbs.

I think Anchiornis would mean "Older bird" but I'm not linguist. Double check on that - it means "near bird." My bad.

Robotic dinosaurs arrive in Honolulu
Why this is cool: My fiance and I are travelling to Honolulu at the end of the month for our Honeymoon - I guess we'll get to see some robotic dinosaurs, should we be interested in that (which we certainly should be.)
See a 22-foot-high Tyrannosaurus rex taking on an also-gigantic triceratops on the outdoor grounds of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. In the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit, which opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 4, you’ll see a whole population of large, robotic dinosaurs inside the museum too, like an 11-foot-tall parasaurolophus and a winged pterosaur. Also on display are fossils and dinosaur skeletons.
Utah home to 'dinosaur dance floor'
Geologists say they have discovered prehistoric animal tracks so densely packed on a 3,000-square-metre site that they are calling it a “dinosaur dance floor.”

The site along the Arizona-Utah state line offers a rich new set of clues about the lives of dinosaurs 190 million years ago.

Back then, large stretches of the West were a Sahara-like desert. More than 1,000 tracks were found in what would have been a watery oasis nestled among towering, wind-whipped sand dunes.

The footprints could provide fodder for researchers trying to understand dinosaurs that survived in what many considered a “vast, dry, uninhabitable desert,” said Marjorie Chan, professor of geology at the University of Utah and one of the authors of a new study of the site.

“Maybe it really wasn't as lifeless as we think,” Dr. Chan said Monday.

Some of the footprints – once thought to be potholes formed by erosion – measure 40 centimetres across and have three toes and a heel. Others are smaller and more circular.

The area also includes what researchers think are rare tail drag marks.

Why it's cool: If you've got a total desert and then suddenly you find a spot where thousands of footprints exist, well, you've found a very interesting oasis of some sort - which should be pretty exciting. Also, drag marks believed to be from dinosaur tails is something I've never heard of anyone every finding before. Very interesting.

Nest of dinosaur eggs found in India

The clusters of eggs were under volcanic ash from the Deccan eruptions. Scientists have long thought the Deccan eruptions were a reason for extinctions in the area.

The eggs, which may be 65 million years old, were from both the Carnosaur, an aggressive, predatory dinosaur, and Sauropods, long-necked herbivores that became extremely large. Fossils of these reptiles were found on earlier expeditions but this is the first time so many nests and so many clusters of eggs were found, the newspaper said.

[Again, saying that the eggs came from the Carnosaur and Sauropods is like saying that the bones are from Dog and Birds. It's just way to vague to be useful in any way. I certainly dislike when reporters who know nothing about dinosaurs are required to report on them.]

The eggs were sent to Germany for further study. The area where they were found is cordoned off to discourage vandalism.

Why this is cool: Because it provides an awesome segue into something a bit more interesting!

A monster egg
A chicken layed an egg 2.5 times larger than the average egg. Here's a video about it from Fox 11 news:

Yikes. They say it would be like giving birth to a 25-pound baby, to all you ladies out there, that should make you cringe. To us guys, we can only imagine.

What else?

Do you want to hear some Killers? ... I might be able to do that.

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