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Car-Sized Creature Whacked with Tail's Sweet Spot (until 10,000 years ago)
Natural History Magazine ^ | Nov 15, 2009 | Harvey Leifert

Posted on 11/15/2009 12:39:09 PM PST by decimon

When Alex Rodriguez swings for the fences or Venus Williams tries to ace her serve, they do well to connect at the "sweet spot" of their bat or racket. That aim was apparently shared by some unlikely contenders: glyptodonts, armored mammals with clublike tails that roamed the Americas until about 10,000 years ago.

The sweet spot, or center of percussion, is the point on a tool where powerful blows should be landed to maximize impact and minimize the risk of injury to the user.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs

1 posted on 11/15/2009 12:39:09 PM PST by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

American swing ping.


2 posted on 11/15/2009 12:42:12 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Many don't know it, but his was also the origin of rock-paper-scissors.

3 posted on 11/15/2009 12:47:43 PM PST by stormer
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To: stormer
Many don't know it, but his was also the origin of rock-paper-scissors.

Or the origin of, "Holy S---!"

4 posted on 11/15/2009 12:54:07 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

5 posted on 11/15/2009 1:18:37 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: stormer
Re: Rock, Paper, Scissors:


6 posted on 11/15/2009 1:45:55 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: DuncanWaring

In deference to Larson, scientists have now officially started calling that portion of the Stegosaurus’ anatomy the “Thagomizer”. Really.


7 posted on 11/15/2009 1:49:13 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

true story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thagomizer_comic.jpg


8 posted on 11/15/2009 3:07:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s it? That’s all we get from you? What a slacker. ;-)


9 posted on 11/15/2009 3:47:51 PM PST by decimon
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To: DuncanWaring

LOLOL! Nicely done.


10 posted on 11/15/2009 3:49:08 PM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Salgak
Rock, Water, Wave.

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The moment a giant wave swamps the 60ft sea wall at Porthleven in west Cornwall. An onlooker said it was the biggest wave he'd seen in Cornwall in more than 40 years

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check out the water in back of the break.

11 posted on 11/15/2009 3:53:24 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:
Flood, Fire, and Famine
in the History of Civilization

by Richard Firestone,
Allen West, and
Simon Warwick-Smith


12 posted on 11/15/2009 4:18:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Thanks decimon.
 
Catastrophism
 
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13 posted on 11/15/2009 4:19:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Gods
Graves
Glyphs
Thanks decimon.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.
GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother, and Ernest_at_the_Beach
 

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14 posted on 11/15/2009 4:20:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv; Little Pig
Thanks! "Thagomizer" LOL!

BTW, Larson is my all time fav cartoonist.

15 posted on 11/15/2009 4:43:46 PM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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To: stormer

It looks like a large armadillo.


16 posted on 11/15/2009 4:56:27 PM PST by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: mware; SunkenCiv; decimon
check out the water in back of the break.

It's a little hard to fathom...

thagomizer. Huh. Thumbhow it theems kinda (sissy). Thee you later.

17 posted on 11/15/2009 5:05:56 PM PST by bigheadfred (Be who you are and say what you feel: Those who mind don't matter.Those who matter don't mind.)
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To: decimon

I just knew Abner Doubleday didn’t really invent baseball.


18 posted on 11/15/2009 5:08:30 PM PST by Pelham ("Badges?!! We don' need no stinkin' badges!!")
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To: decimon; colorado tanker; bigheadfred

:’)


19 posted on 11/15/2009 5:16:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv
Aside from the question of megafauna extinctions around 12000 years ago by standard dating schemes, there is the vastly more problematic question of the gigantic muck deposits which you find a mile deep or so over much of Canada and Siberia. Not only would I view a comet as an insufficient cause of such a thing, I'd also view a global flood as an insufficient cause. Those layers represent an entire living world with all of its trees, soil, and animals which was simply picked up into the air, pulverized, and slammed down again.

Of the theories I've heard to explain such a thing if I had to pick one, it would be that of Dwardu Cardona and the thing which he sees as the agency of that vast upheaval is the one thing in nature which really can suck up and agglomerate material on that sort of scale i.e. the same kind of electrical Birkeland currents which are probably responsible for the creations of stars and galaxies and you'd be talking about an interplanetary electrical arc which picked up all that material and then when the spark stopped, the material was all slammed down again. Sorry if that's too catastrophic for anybody or anything like that but again, as I understand it, that's the best theory so far.

20 posted on 11/15/2009 5:18:55 PM PST by wendy1946
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To: Pelham
I just knew Abner Doubleday didn’t really invent baseball.

Thagner Doublewhomp.

21 posted on 11/15/2009 5:26:15 PM PST by decimon
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To: wendy1946

Thanks wendy.


22 posted on 11/15/2009 6:21:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

Excellent - I’ve got a friend who has a couple of slime molds named after him (of course, he did the naming), but the only thing named after me are a couple of cocktails.


23 posted on 11/15/2009 6:31:48 PM PST by stormer
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To: Peanut Gallery

To those of us that believe the Earth is more than 6,000 years old, it serve as evidence of armadillo evolution.


24 posted on 11/15/2009 6:33:48 PM PST by stormer
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To: stormer

If I don’t clean the house pretty soon, I’ll have a bunch of different molds named after me...


25 posted on 11/15/2009 6:37:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv; Little Pig

He gets the Thagomizer and a louse named after him?

I’m jealous.


26 posted on 11/15/2009 6:48:19 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 298 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: stormer

I am not about to argue the age of the earth, here or anywhere else. However, I was under the impression that armadillos were around *back then* even as they are now (kinda the way alligators and crocodiles were/are).


27 posted on 11/15/2009 7:18:17 PM PST by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: Peanut Gallery
It looks like a large armadillo.

That would be because it is a large armadillo relative.

28 posted on 11/15/2009 7:27:39 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (a wild-eyed, exclusionist, birther religio-beast -- Daily Kos)
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To: SunkenCiv

I understand.


29 posted on 11/15/2009 7:49:25 PM PST by stormer
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To: Peanut Gallery
Perhaps the most accessible explanation is that the modern armadillos (20 species) represents the remnant of what was once a much larger family, including our friend glyptodon. http://www.answers.com/topic/armadillos-dasypodidae-biological-family
30 posted on 11/15/2009 7:53:19 PM PST by stormer
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To: SunkenCiv
But it could be worse...


31 posted on 11/15/2009 7:55:59 PM PST by stormer
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