Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hat tricks, horned dinosaurs and bone puzzles

Lookin' forward to the Leafs game against the Flames tonight, but ... gotta somehow catch the latest episode of CSI and Fringe tonight, too. I'm desperate to get some sleep as well - it's been a while since I've really felt rested.

Plus I haven't caught up on what happened on Fringe last week - so I might just skip it tonight anyhow.

Also - I haven't looked too closely into this, but it looks like there were a bunch of hat tricks in the NHL last night. From just skimming the box scores:

D. Stafford vs. Boston
N. Lidstrom vs. St. Louis
T. Fleischmann vs. Chicago
R. Kesler vs. Columbus

That's a lot of hat tricks in one night.

A bunch of two goal games last night, too.

I. Kovalchuk had 2 vs. Phoenix
J. van Riemsdyk had 2 vs. Philadelphia
T. Ruutu had 2 vs. Florida

Dinosaur News!
Worker assembles dinosaur dolphin fossil piece by piece
Sify News
London, Sep 27 (IANS) For the likes of Mike Harrison, a part-time worker, it represented the ultimate prehistoric jigsaw.

Harrison's discovery of a piece of the skull of an ichthyosaur soon after a landslide along the Jurassic coast in 2008, a World Heritage site in southern England, sparked the 47-year-old's mission.

Ichthyosaur were giant marine reptiles that resembled fish and dolphins. They first appeared 245 million years ago and disappeared about 90 million years ago, 25 million years extinction of dinosaurs. Built for speed, they could swim up to 40 kmph.

After some six months of digging, Harrison managed to discover every part of the dolphin-like creature's five-foot head, reports the Daily Mail.

Then, in his spare room and on the kitchen table, he pieced together the head, which is 190 million years old and weighs 158 kg. Read more!
10 spectacular horned dinosaurs
by TyB


This year has been quite productive for dinosaur hunters, and probably the most spectacular fossils found recently belong to the group of ceratopsians, the horned dinosaurs. Triceratops is, of course, the most famous example, but there were plenty of other genera, some of them as spectacular as their popular relative, and often much more bizarre-looking. Check it out.
Huge possible dinosaur graveyard in B.C. northeast
Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press (Toronto Star)

VICTORIA—You might call it a paleontologists’ playground.

A team of researchers has discovered a field of untouched fossilized dinosaur remains near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., proving that giant plant- and meat-eating prehistoric animals roamed northeastern British Columbia millions of years ago.

But the elation over the dramatic discovery — much of which was just sitting on the surface — is dampened by the provincial government’s Stone Age attitude toward protecting and promoting heritage lands, artifacts and projects.

Paleontologist Richard McCrea and his four-person research team made the discovery last month during a three-day expedition into a remote forested area in B.C.’s Peace River area.

The results were promising, McCrea said, with up to 150 kilograms of fossilized dinosaur remains found on the surface, there was no digging required.

“We have bones from plant-eating dinosaurs and we have some bones from large meat-eating dinosaurs, probably a tyrannosaur,” he said. Read more.

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