Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dinosaur Roud-up 3

Crocodile ancestors found in Sahara

[Paleontologist Paul Sereno poses with models of his Saharan discoveries, clockwise from top right: BoarCroc, PancakeCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc , DuckCroc and, in front of Serono, SuperCroc. (Mike Hettwer/National Geographic)]

Those crocs are bad-ass!

A six-metre croc with three sets of fangs is among the five ancient relatives of modern-day crocodiles found in the Sahara Desert, scientists said Thursday.

Three of the fossils, discovered by researchers led by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago and Hans Larsson of McGill University, represent newly named species.

The fossil remains were found in a series of expeditions beginning in 2000.

All of the prehistoric crocs lived about 100 million years ago in the southern super-continent known as Gondwana, when the region that is now the Sahara featured dinosaurs and grassy plains criss-crossed by rivers.

"These species open a window on a croc world completely foreign to what was living on northern continents," Sereno said in a statement.

Most interesting:

"My African crocs appeared to have had both upright, agile legs for bounding overland and a versatile tail for paddling in water," Sereno wrote in a National Geographic article.

"Their amphibious talents in the past may be the key to understanding how they flourished in, and ultimately survived, the dinosaur era," he wrote.

Another article from USA Today describes that animals thusly:

The study shows crocodiles came in all sizes:

  • •Kaprosuchus saharicus, or BoarCroc, found in Niger, was equipped with three rows of slashing teeth.
  • •Araripesuchus rattoides, or RatCroc, was a 3-foot-long, bucktoothed plant-eater found in Morocco.
  • •Laganosuchus thaumastos, or PancakeCroc, was a 20-foot-long, flat-headed fish-eater (judging from the teeth) found in Niger and Morocco.
  • The DuckCroc was a Pinocchio-nosed 3-foot-long fish eater and DogCroc, a galloping plant-eater with a short muzzle.
That picture was found at this site. It looks pretty awesome, I agree.

Another problem I have with news coverage of dinosaurs
Paleontologists moving bones from southern Utah

Associated Press - November 22, 2009 12:25 PM ET

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - Paleontologists have begun moving parts of a rich collection of dinosaur bones uncovered recently in southern Utah.

Bureau of Land Management paleontologist Alan Titus says the site found in 2007 is 1 of best so far at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

He says that among the fossils found at the site are remnants of a duckbilled dinosaur, an armored creature that had a clubbed tail and a type of small flying dinosaur.

Some of the bones were taken out of the monument by helicopter last week.

1 of the dinosaurs - identified as a new species two years ago - will be reconstructed and displayed at the new Utah Museum of Natural History under construction at the University of Utah.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

How on earth does something like this get published as actual news? First off, there's no way that this was a story from the AP (associated press) because it would mean this article saw at least three editors before it was published - which this obviously hasn't. How can I tell? First off, you absolutely NEVER start a sentence with a numeric character "1" nor would you WRITE the number "1" in numeric characters in a news article. Totally amateur.

Second: the article provides absolutely no information on anything. It doesn't name the dinosaurs - and only briefly describes a few of the fossils. Seriously, this is "newsworthy" because it contains dinosaurs in it - so why not feature them in the article? No idea what the hell is going on in this article.

Then again - Jack Armstrong on the Fan 590 always says that Utah is 20 years behind everyone else, so maybe that explains it? Shame on Utah - even the fossils are getting up and leaving.

Dinosaurs make great movie stars! Don't I know it. Now, it would appear, there's a museum where you can take them all in at once!

Dinosaurs have been roaming the movie screens ever since film has lived. And the Cine-Saurus exhibit at the Fullerton Museum shows how Hollywood was actually intent on depicting dinosaurs properly.

“The people involved in making dinosaurs movies wanted to do them as accurately as possible, so they followed the artwork by Charles Knight, who translated the science into artwork,” said curator Stephen Czerkas.

The exhibit opens on April 4, 2010 - way out in Los Angeles, CA. Hmmm?

Walking Among Dinosaurs

Apparently this guy has an awesome collection of fossils all over his property - so now he just gives tours around his place instead of farming - not sure what his communist government will think of that when it comes time to deliver his quota to the republic BUT at least he's got cool dinosaurs!

Sihetun is a nondescript village tucked into the dusty brown hills of western Liaoning province, in almost every respect indistinguishable from countless other farming communities of Northeast China. But it was here 13 years ago that Li Yinfang changed the course of science.

Li, a stocky, good-humored farmer with two children, was planting a tree when he noticed something unusual in the ground. With the help of three friends, he carefully unearthed what turned out to be a stunningly well-preserved fossil.

1 comment:

Shelleym333 said...

I have some vacation time next year. Want to go to L.A. for my birthday?