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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The tracks of a small, carnivorous therapod were discovered in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just a short distance from Las Vegas!

Federal paleontologists announced this week the discovery of Nevada’s first formally documented set of dinosaur tracks, which were recently found by some volunteers in the conservation area’s fire-colored Aztec sandstone.

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Will in Seattle 1
So, how long do you think it would take to render a fully animated CGI version of this beastie on my new Cyber Monday newegg 6 core 16GB 2TB rig?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
"Federal paleontologists"

I had heard about this from state-level and even county paleontologists, but until you hear it from the feds, the news just isn't reliable.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
@2 true.

Those rogue state paleontologists sometimes even sell fossils and steal them from native reservations without proper authorization, as we all know.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 4
DON'T WALK ON THAT FLOOR, I JUST MOPPED!
Posted by thatsnotright on November 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM · Report this
venomlash 5
This is an example of a trace fossil, or ichnofossil. While it is often difficult to match a trace fossil with the corresponding body fossil, trace fossils have the advantage of always being found where they originated. (A carcass can be washed downstream; footprints always give accurate data as to the in-life location of the animal.)
Posted by venomlash on November 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM · Report this
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Let us know when you find fresh ones!
Posted by RonK, Seattle on November 29, 2011 at 4:12 PM · Report this

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