Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hatching clones, bad ideas and new species

With Terra Nova on t.v. tonight, there's no better time to check out cool dinosaur stuff - even though we're 26 minutes into the episode and dinosaurs have not yet appeared.

So here's a rehash of an old cloning idea, a new game with a stupid twist and a new species of dinosaur discovered in a mudstone where it was least expected. Seeing as how they thought it was a Ceolophysis, it's probably a Triassic dinosaur, though not sure what continent you'd find that sort of thing in (and I'm not going to check).

Scientist Wants To Hatch A Dinosaur
Jonathan Moormann

There was a cool special about cloning a dinosaur that I linked to years ago. This post seems to be a rehash of that. Still worth a peek.
I don't throw this term around lightly, but Jack Horner may be a mad scientist. The Montana State scientist has done a lot of important things for regular science, like finding the first evidence that dinosaurs may have cared for their young, but his most recent project seems like the type of thing dreamed up in a mountain lair rather than a lab. Jack Horner is no longer satisfied studying dead dinosaurs and has instead decided to hatch a real one. If my memory serves me correctly, this will result in a failed theme park and two extremely disappointing sequels.
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Jesus v. Dinosaurs interview

If you built cars out of dinosaur parts and cars out of Jesus parts, you could have them battle each other - in a game.

Fossil find at Pennsylvania museum leads to dinosaur discovery
By Scott Detrow

Daemonosaurus chauliodus was found among other fossils in 2004 by researchers at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
A brand-new dinosaur can trace its roots back to the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

Scientists at the center were working their way through a block of mudstone in 2004 when they found a skull that seemed a bit different. The researchers thought they were looking at fossils of a Coelophysis--a small carnivore.

Senior curator Robert Sullivan and fossil preparer Kevin Dermody quickly realized this was a different dinosaur.

"The skull is different, because it's shorter," he explained. "The teeth are procumbent in that they stick out towards the front of the skull. The teeth seem to be longer. And there's some other subtleties of the skull that differentiate it from Coelophysis."
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