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Pigs ruled the world 260 million years ago: Study
Newspost Online ^ | Sep 17, 2008 | Unknown

Posted on 09/17/2008 1:54:57 PM PDT by decimon

Scientists from Leeds University have discovered that the world was ruled by pig-like creatures for a million years.

The “Age of the Porcine” occurred around 260 million years ago - when the creatures called lystrosaurs were the few survivors of a mass extinction.

Nearly 95 pct of the living species were destroyed by a series of volcanic eruptions leaving behind pigs in a “golden age” of no predators.

They had Earth’s abundant plant-life all to themselves.

“We can only speculate on how lystrosaurs survived while the rest died.

Perhaps its ability to burrow and hibernate protected it from the worst periods,” The Sun quoted Professor Paul Wignall of Leeds University, as saying “The remarkable thing about the lystrosaurs was their size.

“Nothing else that big seems to have got through the destruction - and that is why they were able to dominate Earth for so long. They fed and spread.

“We think there were billions of them. Their fossils are everywhere,” he added Lystrosaurs were similar in size to modern pigs, with snouts and small tusks for rooting around in vegetation. (ANI)


TOPICS: History; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalfarm; freepun; godsgravesglyphs; lipstick; planetofthepigs; policestate
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...the world was ruled by pig-like creatures for a million years.

Still is.

1 posted on 09/17/2008 1:54:57 PM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Porcine ping.


2 posted on 09/17/2008 1:55:36 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Yes, but did they (and do they) all wear lipstick?


3 posted on 09/17/2008 1:56:23 PM PDT by NCPAC
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To: decimon

Where’s cartoonist (”The Far Side”) Gary Larson when we need him?

I thought some of the lystro-critters were huge.


4 posted on 09/17/2008 1:56:35 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: decimon

A reptile with a pig snout is still a reptile!


5 posted on 09/17/2008 1:57:10 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: decimon

But, were they wearing lipstick?


6 posted on 09/17/2008 1:57:14 PM PDT by SAMS ("I may look harmless, but I raised a U.S. MARINE!" Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: decimon
Not much different today, except we call them politicians now.
7 posted on 09/17/2008 1:57:37 PM PDT by org.whodat (Republicans should support the SAM Walton business model, and then drill???)
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To: decimon
the world was ruled by pig-like creatures for a million years.

And they'll rule it again...when pigs fly!

8 posted on 09/17/2008 1:57:57 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: decimon

I throw the Barbara Streisand flag on this.


9 posted on 09/17/2008 1:58:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: decimon

Big man, pig man
Ha, ha, charade you are
You well heeled big wheel
Ha, ha, charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You’re nearly a good laugh
Almost a joker
With your head down in the pig bin
Saying ‘Keep on digging’
Pig stain on your fat chin
What do you hope to find
Down in the pig mine?
You’re nearly a laugh
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry

(RIP Richard Wright)


10 posted on 09/17/2008 1:58:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: decimon

Where is Matt Damon on this? I need to know if he knew that Pigs onced ruled the world. I need to know this(sarc)


11 posted on 09/17/2008 1:59:38 PM PDT by Born In America (Affirmative action is no way to elect a President, now or ever....)
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To: decimon

Study done by professors and free student grubbers with government money!

Those that can do, those that can’t teach.

Get a government grant and “research” and then publish or perish!


12 posted on 09/17/2008 1:59:48 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: decimon
...the world was ruled by pig-like creatures for a million years..........................

It's ruled by jack**ses now. Not much difference.

13 posted on 09/17/2008 2:00:14 PM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: decimon

I smell BACON!


14 posted on 09/17/2008 2:00:25 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: decimon

Oh dang, the article got me mixed up with the Eocene pig-beasties.


15 posted on 09/17/2008 2:00:31 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: decimon

Mmmmmmm....bacon


16 posted on 09/17/2008 2:01:54 PM PDT by BJClinton (McPalin 2008)
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To: decimon

Four legs good...


17 posted on 09/17/2008 2:02:23 PM PDT by astyanax (If you need to wear a mask when speaking your mind, it is probably best you remain silent...)
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To: decimon

Anthracotheres, was what I was thinking of...


18 posted on 09/17/2008 2:03:22 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: decimon
This thread is worthless without pics.


19 posted on 09/17/2008 2:03:27 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: sinanju
Oh dang, the article got me mixed up with the Eocene pig-beasties.

Just remember that you are known by the company you keep.

20 posted on 09/17/2008 2:03:27 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
The Jihadis aren't going to like this!!!

How deed Allah permit this to be??!!!

Death to history and science!!!!!!

21 posted on 09/17/2008 2:03:46 PM PDT by skully (Sarah Palin eats babies!!!!)
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To: sinanju
Photobucket

(The real reason dinosaurs became extinct).

22 posted on 09/17/2008 2:04:27 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Plutarch

Oh, that’s a cutie.


23 posted on 09/17/2008 2:04:47 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Animal Farm ???


24 posted on 09/17/2008 2:06:30 PM PDT by Mark319 (Obama/Biden...The liberals are going for the throat...)
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To: decimon

25 posted on 09/17/2008 2:07:37 PM PDT by wolf24 ("It's always easy to rally the stupid.")
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To: decimon
Porcine Ping.


26 posted on 09/17/2008 2:09:59 PM PDT by weegee (Say no to the Marxist who "denounces" the 911 terrorist attacks and yet befriended a Pentagon bomber)
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To: Plutarch

Give that poor turtle back his shell.


27 posted on 09/17/2008 2:10:54 PM PDT by weegee (Say no to the Marxist who "denounces" the 911 terrorist attacks and yet befriended a Pentagon bomber)
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To: catpuppy

"We're bacon people!"

28 posted on 09/17/2008 2:12:30 PM PDT by weegee (Say no to the Marxist who "denounces" the 911 terrorist attacks and yet befriended a Pentagon bomber)
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To: Plutarch

What, did they find part of a tooth again and “construct” a whole animal, including skin color, from it?


29 posted on 09/17/2008 2:12:34 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: BJClinton

“Oh sure, Lisa. Ham and bacon from the same animal. A *MAGICAL* animal.”

- H.Simpson


30 posted on 09/17/2008 2:14:33 PM PDT by ReeseBN38416
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To: decimon

you can put lipstick on a 250 million-year old
lystrosaur, but it is still a 250 million-year
old lystrosaur.

31 posted on 09/17/2008 2:23:10 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home page)
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To: decimon

So if we picture a quorum of either The House or The Senate, we’ll get a good idea what life was really like back then?


32 posted on 09/17/2008 2:23:57 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Screw you, my friends! I'm bravely surrendering to Mexico!)
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To: decimon

All I can think of is “Animal Farm”.


33 posted on 09/17/2008 2:24:00 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: E. Cartman
So if we picture a quorum of either The House or The Senate, we’ll get a good idea what life was really like back then?

No. Back then the pigs could be sated.

34 posted on 09/17/2008 2:28:03 PM PDT by decimon
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To: MEGoody
All I can think of is “Animal Farm”.

Some thoughts are more equal than others.

35 posted on 09/17/2008 2:29:15 PM PDT by decimon
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To: rfp1234
A reptile with a pig snout is still a reptile!

Lystrosaurus was a therapsid, which wasn't exactly a reptile. They were traditionally called "mammal-like reptiles" but are today classified as a clade and aren't grouped with reptiles any longer. Mammals are actually descended from another branch of the therapsids.
36 posted on 09/17/2008 2:30:51 PM PDT by Arthalion
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To: decimon
Quick! Someone get me a time machine!

I smell bacon!

Just don't tell my wife. All that free pork around, and she still wouldn't let me have bacon. "What do you want a heart attack???"

37 posted on 09/17/2008 2:33:59 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: ETL

Somehow I knew that was coming in this thread. Funny!


38 posted on 09/17/2008 2:36:02 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (No longer holding my nose to vote - McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: decimon

Click here for a geologic time table


39 posted on 09/17/2008 2:37:56 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home page)
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To: MrB

“We think there were billions of them. Their fossils are everywhere,”

Yeah, one tooth. Keep telling yourself that.


40 posted on 09/17/2008 2:38:09 PM PDT by allmendream (Sa-RAH! Sa-RAH! Sa-RAH! RAH RAH RAH! McCain/Palin2008)
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To: Born In America
Matt Damon whines about Sarah Palin being an unknown but he says nothing about an empty suit who has connections to serious scumbags. Matt has no problem voting for a candidate who refuses to release his real birth certificate, refuses to release his college transcripts and has had close relationships with terrorist scum he refuses to talk about. Maybe if Matt had a brain he would notice that the questions surrounding Obama are far more serious then Sarah Palin’s belief in dinosaurs.
41 posted on 09/17/2008 2:42:05 PM PDT by peeps36 ( Al Gore Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: decimon

...And they’re trying to make a come-back via barack obumma


42 posted on 09/17/2008 2:50:28 PM PDT by J40000
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To: weegee
It takes all kinds:

SEA PIG

43 posted on 09/17/2008 3:23:26 PM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: allmendream

Are you going to defend the occurrence where they found a tooth,

manufactured an “apeman” from it,

put said apeman on display, with his family, in some cultural setting, clothing, tools, fire, shelter,

then found out later that it was the tooth of a boar?


44 posted on 09/17/2008 3:23:26 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: MrB
No. I am going to say that your construction was a silly straw man designed to discount any fossil finds no matter how numerous or complete as ‘just a tooth’.

Do you think that because one guy once got carried away, and was quickly corrected by his Scientific peers, that all fossil finds are “one tooth”?

45 posted on 09/17/2008 4:01:24 PM PDT by allmendream (Sa-RAH! Sa-RAH! Sa-RAH! RAH RAH RAH! McCain/Palin2008)
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To: decimon

Has anyone told the Muzzies this?


46 posted on 09/17/2008 4:53:49 PM PDT by Chickensoup ('08 VOTING for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY and voting for SARAH PALIN!!!)
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the world was ruled by pig-like creatures for a million years... around 260 million years ago -- when the creatures called lystrosaurs were the few survivors of a mass extinction. Nearly 95 pct of the living species were destroyed by a series of volcanic eruptions...
Nope, it was an impact of a space rock.

Many thanks to decimon. I've pen wondering whether they ever had wings, so I ham a little disappointed that there's no information about that.
 
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47 posted on 09/17/2008 10:01:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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Asteroid 'destroyed life 250m years ago'
by Dr David Whitehouse
Friday, February 23, 2001
Earth's biggest mass extinction 251 million years ago was triggered by a collision with a comet or asteroid, US scientists say. They have reached this conclusion by looking at atoms from a star trapped inside molecular cages of carbon...

In rock layers laid down at the time, there is a much higher concentration of complex carbon molecules called fullerenes that have different types, or isotopes, of helium and argon trapped inside them. These molecules could only have been delivered from space, the researchers say...

The researchers believe these particular fullerenes are extraterrestrial because the gases trapped inside have an unusual ratio of isotopes that indicate they were made in the atmosphere of a star that exploded before our Sun was born...

The telltale fullerenes were extracted from sites in Japan, China and Hungary, where the sedimentary layer at the boundary between the Permian and Triassic periods had been exposed...

The research was made difficult because there are few 251-million-year-old rocks left on Earth. Most rocks of that age have been recycled through the planet's tectonic processes...

Researchers estimate the comet or asteroid was six to 12 km (3.7 - 7.4 miles) across, or about the size of the asteroid believed responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 67 million years ago...

The mass extinction of 251 million years ago was the greatest on record.

48 posted on 09/17/2008 10:07:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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49 posted on 09/17/2008 10:08:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


50 posted on 09/17/2008 10:16:58 PM PDT by Salamander (Destroy America! Vote Obama, 08!)
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