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Nest Full of Baby Dinosaurs Discovered
Discovery News via Fox ^ | November 16, 2011 | Jennifer Viegas

Posted on 11/20/2011 6:29:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv

A 70-million-year-old nest of the dinosaur Protoceratops andrewsi has been found with evidence that 15 juveniles were once inside it, according to a paper in the latest Journal of Paleontology.

While large numbers of eggs have been associated with other dinosaurs, such as the meat-eating Oviraptor or certain duck-billed hadrosaurs, finding multiple juveniles in the same dino nest is quite rare...

All were found at Djadochta Formation, Tugrikinshire, Mongolia, where it's believed sand "rapidly overwhelmed and entombed" the youngsters while they were still alive.

The researchers conclude that the 15 dinosaurs all show juvenile characteristics. These include short snouts, proportionately large eyes, and an absence of adult characteristics, such as the prominent horns and large frills associated with adults of this species. At least 10 of the 15 fossil sets are complete.

The nest and its contents imply that Protoceratops juveniles remained and grew in their nest during at least the early stages of postnatal development. The nest further implies that parental care was provided...

Yet another discovery previously found at the same locality is the famous "fighting dinosaurs" specimen in which a Protoceratops and Velociraptor appear to have been preserved together "locked in what was evidently mortal combat," Fastovsky added. Parents and other adults of the sheep-sized herbivorous species may then have spent much of their time fighting off such hungry predators.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; dinosaurs; godsgravesglyphs; mongolia; oviraptor; protoceratops
The dinosaur remains in the nest. Researchers believe sand entombed the dinosaur family while the members were still alive.

Dr. Kh. Tsogtbaatar

1 posted on 11/20/2011 6:29:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks TheOldLady.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 11/20/2011 6:31:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TheOldLady; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks TheOldLady. See, I do eventually get around to it.
"rapidly overwhelmed and entombed"
And, it's a two-list topic!




3 posted on 11/20/2011 6:33:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
The land before time part LVII - epitaph
4 posted on 11/20/2011 6:34:36 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEpHPu9dVqA&feature=related


5 posted on 11/20/2011 6:39:03 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Little bebbeh dinos ...


6 posted on 11/20/2011 6:44:41 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow.

Are they okay?


7 posted on 11/20/2011 6:48:42 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: SunkenCiv

bttt


8 posted on 11/20/2011 6:58:31 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a rapid depositional event to me.


9 posted on 11/20/2011 7:01:57 PM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: SunkenCiv

So do you just at water like, like for sea monkeys?


10 posted on 11/20/2011 7:06:17 PM PST by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Aaaaah


11 posted on 11/20/2011 7:12:49 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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12 posted on 11/20/2011 7:14:10 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Mrs.Z; Winstons Julia

Yes, definitely. Here’s another one:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2810199/posts


13 posted on 11/20/2011 7:39:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I find this stuff amazing.


14 posted on 11/20/2011 7:48:18 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/West 2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.”)
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

dino ping....


15 posted on 11/20/2011 8:20:48 PM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: Mrs.Z

Possibly a sand dune collapse as has been suggested as a possibility for the “fighting dinosaurs” referenced in the article??


16 posted on 11/20/2011 8:22:35 PM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Life finds a way.


17 posted on 11/20/2011 8:22:57 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess even back then, they had Aid to Dependent Thugs.


18 posted on 11/20/2011 8:32:34 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“rapidly overwhelmed and entombed”

There are so many instances of such phenomena; massive concentrated collections of dinosaur bones, and the seeming trillions of trilobites, many in concentrated collections, virtually intact,undamanged, in some instances their chitinous exoskeletons preserved as such, not having undergone mineral substitution.
Its a mystery, almost enough to make one doubt the validity of the doctrine of uniformitarianism.


19 posted on 11/20/2011 9:27:50 PM PST by Elsiejay (I)
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To: SunkenCiv
Prease tell One Hong Lo how prepare 70 million year eggs; hear they gleat-gleat aphlodesiac! Hard to chew, like Dwarf bread....
20 posted on 11/20/2011 9:57:10 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Ever seen a “turtle boil”, when the hatchlings dig out of the buried nest? There are often a few that don't make it out.

Sometimes, the nest hatches; but, for what ever reason, is too deep for any to make it to the surface.

In either case, under the right conditions, they could be preserved in a similar tableau.

Are we certain that these guys were surface nesters, and not egg buriers? A buried nest would make it harder for the egg eaters to raid it.

21 posted on 11/20/2011 10:15:45 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: ResponseAbility

:’)


22 posted on 11/21/2011 3:47:38 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I just read something similar in a book about Pterosaurs I was reading to my son last night - no adults were found at the site, presumably because they could fly away as the flash-flood hit, but the non-flying young were “rapidly overwhelmed and entombed.”


23 posted on 11/21/2011 4:26:43 AM PST by Tax-chick (Seven more days to dust your ceiling fan blades!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I saw the headline, and expected the enviro-wackos to have declared them an endagered species.


24 posted on 11/21/2011 5:02:30 AM PST by Pecos (O.K., joke's over. Time to bring back the Constitution.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Gee, maybe they starved after their doting mama, one of the so-called “fighting dinosaurs”, died nearby while protecting the nest.

I get so choked up—(sob)—over the deaths of little ‘bambis’ of a species inimical to the evolution of Man into the dominant form of animal life on our planet.


25 posted on 11/21/2011 5:51:30 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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