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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM

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One Bad Mutha
  • "Check it, bitches! I killed this muthafucka and made a sculpture out of his bones. You wanna piece of this?"

UPDATE 2: Sent by Slog-tipper Michael, an article in Wired on this story and the failures of science journalism. Read it!

UPDATE 1: Apparently no ancient krakens made self-portraits with shonisaur bones, and the guy who came up with this theory is a nutter. According to this article:

This "Triassic kraken" has not been found; no fossils, no remains at all, no evidence of its existence. It is postulated to have been large enough to hunt and kill ichthyosaurs, which is remarkable—comparison to modern giant squid is invalid, since they are prey, not predator. This fossil bed is being over-interpreted as a trace fossil, with the bones arranged by intent, by an intelligent cephalopod, which they have not seen. Furthermore, a line of discs is being seen as a picture of a cephalopod tentacle, classic pareidolia. This is trivial: dump a pile of Necco wafers on a table, and I'll see a picture of squid suckers. This is a whole series of tenuous and unlikely speculations stacked together to make an ultimately ridiculous hypothesis.

More "facts" and shit here. Whatever. Thanks for ruining my day, ACTUAL science. *SOB*

Original post after the jump.

Holy crap, you guys. Thanks to Slog-tipper Nathan for this CRAZY bit of dinosaur* news!

A new theory suggests that a 100-foot-long cephalopod arranged these bones as a self-portrait after drowning the reptiles.

WHAT?! WHAT?!?!

After considering the more brutal aspects of modern octopus predation, paleontologist Mark McMenamin of Mount Holyoke College came to the conclusion that the shonisaur remains had been deposited in a "kraken" lair by its massive, tentacled squatter...

...The proposed Triassic kraken, which could have been the most intelligent invertebrate ever, arranged the vertebral discs in biserial patterns, with individual pieces nesting in a fitted fashion as if they were part of a puzzle. The arranged vertebrae resemble the pattern of sucker discs on a cephalopod tentacle, with each amphicoelous vertebra strongly resembling a coleoid sucker. Thus the tessellated vertebral disc pavement may represent the earliest known self-portrait.

Shit. Do not mess with krakens.


*cephalopods are not dinosaurs.

 

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Debunked. The original author is a nut:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/…
Posted by butterw on October 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM · Report this
Mary P. Traverse 2
OH NOES!!!!! *SOB*
Posted by Mary P. Traverse http://dinosaurnews.tumblr.com on October 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM · Report this
3
Mercy me. I love that thought. So I am going to pretend I did NOT read this just now:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/10…
Posted by gloomy gus on October 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM · Report this
California Kid 4
Kraken, hell- it was Cthulu!
Posted by California Kid on October 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM · Report this
samktg 5
Disregard facts, acquire Kraken.
Posted by samktg on October 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Akbar Fazil 6
If ye try ta fight us...
...you will get a nasty whackin´!
If ya disrespect our singing´...
...we will feed ya to a kraken!
Posted by Akbar Fazil on October 11, 2011 at 1:21 PM · Report this
venomlash 7
There are nuts of all sorts. I heard about some guy out in Utah, I believe, who kept insisting that he'd found the fossilized teeth and scales of "sea dragons" (not the close relative of the seahorse). Everyone who looked at the specimens agreed that they were just abiological quartzite chunks, but he made so much noise that finally a state legislator he'd been pestering agreed to send a state-funded paleontologist out to review the find. Of course, the paleontologist came to the logical conclusion that he was looking at Precambrian quartzite, and said as much in his report. The nutjob now submits for publication papers on "PRECAMBRIAN sea dragons".
Also, Robert Bakker, a well-respected paleontologist who may have gone slightly round the bend in recent times, has suggested that Dimetrodon fed mostly on Xenacanthus (a shark), as depicted here.
Posted by venomlash on October 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM · Report this
8

While this is parody, people must realize that the "fossil record" of early man for example, is make up of very few specimens. There are huge time gaps, and leaps of logic.

The gaps in the record, of course, are tolerated by an overwhelming belief in evolutionary theory.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM · Report this
9
You still shouldn't mess with krakens.
Posted by ishf on October 11, 2011 at 2:29 PM · Report this
10
We must recognize that no individual kraaken is inherently more worthy of attention than any other kraaken, and further proceed to debate the kraaken protocols until they all lose patience and wander off.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on October 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM · Report this
11
Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't it possible to be both predator and prey? Isn't that, like, the most common relationship animals have with each other after parasitistic relationships?
Posted by sahara29 on October 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM · Report this
venomlash 12
@8: If you think we haven't found many specimens of early humans, think again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Ho…
Fuck off, you creationist berk.
Posted by venomlash on October 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM · Report this
STJA 13
Hey, it's a hypothesis. It's just not the most logical hypothesis.
Posted by STJA on October 12, 2011 at 7:30 AM · Report this

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