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Scientists had fossil backbone backwards
www.chem.info ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | Harriet Jarlett

Posted on 01/13/2013 7:16:14 PM PST by BenLurkin

Dr Stephanie Pierce from the Royal Veterinary College and Professor Jennifer Clack from the University of Cambridge, who led the international team in the NERC-funded investigation, have been studying a 360 million year old extinct animal, Ichthyostega; thought to be the first species to have made brief excursions onto land.

They had previously built up a 3D digital model of Ichthyostega's skeleton but on examination of the vertebral column, it became clear that something strange was happening. The researchers then scanned three fossil specimens using high energy X-rays, produced by the ESRF synchrotron in Grenoble , in order to build extremely detailed 3D images of the spine. What they found was unexpected.

Until now, it was thought that early tetrapod's vertebrae were made up of four separate bones – one at the front, one above and a pair at the back. But, the images showed that in Ichthyostega's vertebrae the bones at the back have become fused to the one in front.

This discovery meant that what was previously thought to be the first bone in the series of each vertebra was, in reality, the last

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1 posted on 01/13/2013 7:16:18 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

lol!

ping


2 posted on 01/13/2013 7:30:49 PM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: BenLurkin

Schematics were in Chinese.


3 posted on 01/13/2013 7:31:43 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

That’s alright. At least they know what it ate; when it lived; what its social structure was like and the answer to every other question that informed supposition can conceive.


4 posted on 01/13/2013 7:35:01 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth

That’s nothing - they had the wrong head on the Apatosaur for nearly fifty years.


5 posted on 01/13/2013 7:40:36 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: BenLurkin; zot

I wonder how many more mistakes like this have been made from trying to put an ancient set of bones together without the assembly manual?


6 posted on 01/13/2013 7:42:18 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: BenLurkin

ok, so this should give us great comfort in accepting all the other scientific theories regarding evolution, right? (sarc)

Just goes to show that they don’t know what they don’t know, and they’re trying to fool us all as they try to act like they do.

I’d say they have a great con game going...


7 posted on 01/13/2013 7:43:38 PM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: BenLurkin

It’s settled science, Man! Do not question it!


8 posted on 01/13/2013 7:44:28 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: GreyFriar

If they dug up a chihuahua, and they dug up a great dane, would they declare them to be breeds of canis lupus familiaris? Or would they declare them to be entirely different species? Which would be the ancestor species — the chihuahua or the great dane? How many millions of years older would that ancestor be?

It’s all fantasy and make believe.


9 posted on 01/13/2013 7:48:02 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Flag_This

Was that the brontosaurus?


10 posted on 01/13/2013 7:48:36 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: ClearCase_guy

They got it scientifically wrong so it’s cool...kinda like global warming...HA!

I kill me. Many would like to...


11 posted on 01/13/2013 7:49:42 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: BenLurkin
At first, I thought this was another story about the House of Representatives.

-PJ

12 posted on 01/13/2013 7:50:54 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

No wonder it chased its tail.


13 posted on 01/13/2013 7:51:26 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yup. There is no such thing as a brontosaurus. Never existed. Just like the unicorn.


14 posted on 01/13/2013 7:51:59 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Proud2BeRight
"Was that the brontosaurus?"

Yes it was.

15 posted on 01/13/2013 7:52:03 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: BenLurkin

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This end up...


16 posted on 01/13/2013 7:54:20 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Never existed. Just like the unicorn.”

I tale it you don’t watch “My little Pony”. There are several. A couple Pegasus/Pegasi/Pegawhatever too.

I saw it on TV and TV does not lie. EVER.


17 posted on 01/13/2013 7:55:24 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

The funny thing is that the unicorn did exist. The classical unicorn was supposed to have a horn on its nose, have incredibly powerful legs, a super-tough hide and broad feet instead of hooves. Consider, also, that the word translated as horse was so broad, that “hippopatamus” means “river horse.” Yup, “hippo” was the word translated as horse.

Now, what’s like a “hippo” or a horse, has a horn on its nose, incredibly powerful legs, and broad feet?

Does any animal sound like that to you?

Yeah, once the animal is stripped of the medieval romanticization (influenced by the graceful horn of the Narwhal), and the nonsensical new-agre crap, to its early descriptions, it’s quite plain that unicorns actually do exist.

They’re called rhinos. And they run the Republican party.


18 posted on 01/13/2013 8:17:53 PM PST by dangus
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To: count-your-change

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/heyho.wav


19 posted on 01/13/2013 8:23:19 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Flag_This; Proud2BeRight
"Was that the brontosaurus?"...Yes it was.
i remember that, everyone was chuckling..
except the bone ppl.

20 posted on 01/13/2013 8:31:48 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: BenLurkin
Reminiscent of the episode between Edward Cope and OC Marsh during their fight over Cope's Elasmosaur. Anyone interested in paleontology and the geologic exploration of the west should Google those names. I highly recommend this:


21 posted on 01/13/2013 8:54:29 PM PST by stormer
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To: GreyFriar

Hah! I suspect there are many more mistakes like this.


22 posted on 01/13/2013 9:01:23 PM PST by zot
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To: BenLurkin

Understandable.

What most Democrats and fawning political pundits believe we have at the top of the Governmental vertebra is the awesomest skull of “The One!”.

In reality, what we have is the coccyx.


23 posted on 01/14/2013 2:07:28 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: BenLurkin

All the great minds in the academic world have one thing in common...”Publish or parish”. It makes no difference if they are right or wrong!


24 posted on 01/14/2013 2:41:05 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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So that makes me a back-flipping chimp?


25 posted on 01/14/2013 2:44:24 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: BenLurkin

It makes my day when some know-it-all scientist is proved wrong.


26 posted on 01/14/2013 4:03:38 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: stormer; SunkenCiv; cogitator; xsmommy; tioga

Reference book ping about fossil digging.


27 posted on 01/14/2013 6:43:26 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

28 posted on 01/14/2013 7:00:47 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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