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Dinosaur hide

Postby Witness » Sat May 13, 2017 4:35 pm

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The Canadian specimen literally defies words, in more ways than one. As this article went to press, museum staff were finalizing the creature’s scientific description and hadn’t yet settled on a common name for it. (“Mrs. Prickley,” a reference to a Canadian sketch comedy character, didn’t stick.) But already the fossil is providing new insights into the structure of nodosaurs’ armor. Reconstructing armor usually requires educated guesswork, as the bony plates, called osteoderms, scatter early in the decaying process. Not only did the osteoderms on this nodosaur preserve in place, but so did traces of the scales in between.

What’s more, sheaths once made of keratin—the same material that’s in human fingernails—still coat many of the osteoderms, letting paleontologists see precisely how these sheaths exaggerated the armor’s size and shape. “I’ve been calling this one the Rosetta stone for armor,” says Donald Henderson, curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Details & more pics: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-discovery/

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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby sparks » Sat May 13, 2017 5:52 pm

Vaul.

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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby Witness » Sat May 13, 2017 6:00 pm

sparks wrote:Vaul.

He makes the sun shine and the rains fall...

http://www.sark.co.uk/clos-de-vaul-creux-948/ :wink:

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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby sparks » Sat May 13, 2017 6:10 pm

The Isle Of Quark?


WTF?



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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby Fid » Sun May 14, 2017 1:37 am

Damned impressive if true. (Local kiddos sooo want it to be true)
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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby Witness » Sun May 14, 2017 3:43 am

Fid wrote:Damned impressive if true. (Local kiddos sooo want it to be true)
:?

Seems legit to me: http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/4/5/161086

The comments at the NatGeo link are either utterly hilarious or desperately sad (Creationist scum!). Still the old Heraclitus/Democritus divide:

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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby sparks » Sun May 14, 2017 4:49 am

Can't talk to creationists. Gawd likes closed, small and vindictive minds.
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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby Fid » Sun May 14, 2017 6:22 pm

I guess this is an exception to the "if it seems too good to be true..." rule.

Kinda like this.

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http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/ ... /shea-text
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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby Fid » Sun May 14, 2017 6:38 pm

sparks wrote:Can't talk to creationists. Gawd likes closed, small and vindictive minds.


From the painful to read comments:

Virginia WhiteGaul 14 hours ago
@Will Williams:

Uh, the word is spelled "amoeba." If you can't even spell it, don't use it to degrade another's intelligence--you're beginning to look like what @Dan Darnell SAID that Mark Twain said. Oh, BTW, the correct quote is, "Never argue with stupid people. They'll just drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

On that note, I'm outta here. My brain cells are starting to hurt. Say whatever you wish about me. You'll just be talking to yourself. But then, I'm guessing that this state of affairs is not unusual.
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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby sparks » Sun May 14, 2017 8:41 pm

BWAHAHAHA...
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Re: Dinosaur hide

Postby Doctor X » Mon May 15, 2017 3:16 am

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