Saddle up your dinosaur
and head down to the Creation Museum
for a lovely date night. Just be sure you don't ruin it for everyone else
by being gay.
- a kids podcast about dinosaurs, by a kid.
Don't continue fooling yourself
. The earth is growing and expanding rapidly. Despite plate tectonics' popular acceptance in the 60s, Samuel Warren Carey
, the father of modern expansion tectonics, was publicly promoting his theories of an expanded earth
as late as 1981. One of the theory's most prominent modern spokesmen is comics artist Neal Adams
, who has created a number of informative videos
about a new model of the universe
that even manages to explain why the dinosaurs died out
. [more inside]
From August 2 to 18 there are fourteen Norwegian reptile hunters doing field work at the foot of the Janus Mountain in Svalbard, digging for remains of prehistoric sea monsters from the Jurassic period.
And it's all being streamed live
, via four webcams. [more inside]
Experts are little help in the constant struggle in this conversation to separate myth from reality, because they have the same difficulty, and routinely demonstrate it by talking past each other. Respected scientists warn of imminent energy shortages as geologic fuel supplies run out. Wall Street executives dismiss their predictions as myths and call for more drilling. Environmentalists describe the destruction to the earth from burning coal, oil, and natural gas. Economists ignore them and describe the danger to the earth of failing to burn coal, oil, and natural gas. Geology researchers report fresh findings about what the earth was like millions of years ago. Creationist researchers report fresh findings that the earth didn’t exist millions of years ago. The only way not to get lost in this awful swamp is to review the basics and decide for yourself what you believe and what you don’t.
In 1916, Bone War
veteran (and poet
) Charles H. Sternberg
loaded 22 crates of fossils from the Alberta Badlands onto the SS Mount Temple
, intending to ship them to the British Museum of Natural History. They never made it.
[via Dinosaur Tracking
Vintage dinosaur books
. Those of a certain age likely discovered dinosaurs in the pages of one of these books in their grade-school library. I'm almost sure that this one
was my first (but I remember the cover being black instead of red), and that this
was my second. Does anybody remember this one
? Or this
Maybe D&D has disappointed you. Too complicated*, too slow, too restrictive? Spirit of the Century (free version
) is a Fate game designed for fast-paced, pulpy adventures. And we should thank Fudge
, too. [more inside]
Dinosaur coloration has always been a source of wild speculation. Artistic renders have ranged from the conservative (battleship grey, lizard green) to the flamboyant
, but all guesses appeared equally valid
. While there are some wonderfully preserved examples of dinosaur skin
texture, fossils have remained stubbornly monochromatic… until now. [more inside]
Hey: the Motion Picture.
Featuring dinosaurs and a brief intermission for snacks. That is all.
Michael Bay has never made a flash game, but if he did, it would probably be Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar
. [more inside]
"It's 1863 and Union soldiers have discovered a hidden valley filled with dinosaurs. Now the Yankees plan to use the dinosaurs as weapons of mass destruction against the South." Presenting Professor Cline's Dinosaur Kingdom
at Natural Bridge VA. Providing fun for the whole family
, this is "not your father's dinosaur park." [via] [more inside]
) and Eric Boardman
on dinosaurs: "More Dinosaurs," 1
. "Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs," 1
. "Son of Dinosaurs," (featuring Jimmy Stewart
. Not dinosaurs, but still cool: "Prehistoric World," 1
. [more inside]
Superstar Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison
is about to tear the DC Universe apart again with Final Crisis
, the latest in a series of apocalypses and world ending events he's inflicted on various comics worlds
over the years. But there was a time before fame when he wrote the tie-in comic for ZOIDS
, the robot dinosaur children's toy. So what did he do? Ushered in the apocalypse, in the form of THE BLACK ZOID
Tetrapod Zoology just celebrated Ankylosaur Week
. Days 7
, and 1
The Strange Lives of Polar Dinosaurs
: How did they endure months of perpetual cold and dark?
See also Taking A Dinosaur's Temperature
: Polar species heat up one of paleontology's great debates.
And Bones To Pick
: Paleontologist William Hammer hunts dinosaur fossils in the Antarctic.
From Smithsonian Magazine.
Some say volcanoes
killed them. Some people say an impact
. Some say both
. Coulda been bugs
, actually. Lots
of theories, some better than others
. Not like it's that uncommon
in the grand scheme of things.
Dinosaurs preach Young Earth creationism
. "The Fossil Finders are a group of eight homeschooled children on a search for the [Biblical] truth on fossils." (This shorter excerpt
cuts to the main argument, involving the discovery of flexible T. Rex tissue
. Scientists remain interested
in the find.) The video was produced by World's Biggest Dinosaurs
, the people who now own
the roadside landmark, Cabazon Dinosaurs
-- and have turned it into a creation museum. [Previously
John Updike writes about bizarre dinosaurs
for National Geographic. "How weird might a human body look to them? That thin and featherless skin, that dish-flat face, that flaccid erectitude, those feeble, clawless five digits at the end of each limb, that ghastly utter lack of a tail—ugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn its place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask. " Besides the Updike essay there's a image gallery
, an interview
with John Updike [audio starts automatically]
, a dino IQ test
, an audio critique
of the way dinosaurs have been depicted in the latter half of the 20th Century [audio starts automatically]
, a closer look at the odder features of some of the stranger dinosaurs
, an examination of the nigersaurus
) as well as dinosaur wallpapers
and jigsaw puzzles
. [via MeFi's Own ed]
"Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit."
John Scalzi with everything you need to know about the $27 million Creation Museum.
"In the first room of the Creation Museum tour there’s a display of two paleontologists unearthing a raptor skeleton. One of them, a rather avuncular fellow, explains that he and the other paleontologist are both doing the same work, but that they start off from different premises: He starts off from the Bible and the other fellow (who does not get to comment, naturally) starts off from “man’s reason,” and really, that’s the only difference between them: “different starting points, same facts,” is the mantra for the first portion of the museum."
Don't forget the photo tour.
A five-minute YouTube video, with dinosaurs and drifting.
Dinos' might in army sights. The Comanche National Grasslands
located near The Sex Change Capital of the World
is under threat by an expanding Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site
[attached to Fort Carson
]. Home to countless fossils
, and Native American cave art
, the Purgatoire River
could end up like The Stronghold Unit of the Badlands
in South Dakota with one of the largest dinosaur tracks
site in the world damaged or destroyed and rendered inaccessible to scientists.
Claude Bell's giant Cabazon Dinosaurs
sculptures have been bought by a Christian developer, Answers in Genesis
. The LA Times
(archived copy) discusses.
Jonson takes pictures of The Salton Sea,
which is a strange place
, like some kind of huge, perpetual, Burning Man
, but by a huge, salty, polluted, manmade lake
with distant shores
, dying fish
, has-been resort towns
, Salvation Mountain
, fundie dinos
, fountains of youth
, and nice churches
. [via mefi projects] [previously] [howdy]
Behind-the-scenes at the dinosaur factory
. Creations for "Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience
," saurian puppetry (and animatronics) on a 1:1 scale. Who needs CGI
? Check out Torosaur vs. Utahraptor
A flash site with Einstein, penguins, ninjas, narwhals
and a dinosaur.
What more could one want?
Tracks of Swimming Dinosaur found in Wyoming
The tracks of a previously unknown, two-legged swimming dinosaur have been identified along the shoreline of an ancient inland sea that covered Wyoming 165 million years ago, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate student.
is an educational game that "simulates the process of creating a scientific hypothesis and testing it against new data
" (A good thing to teach kids with people like these guys
running around). The game is based on the legendary Cope/Marsh feud
: a conflict that caused one Dinosaur to be classified twice
and could make for a really cool movie someday.
T. rex soft tissue!
No, not dino-kleenex -- scientists have extracted organic compounds from a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex bone. Can Jurassic Park
be far behind?