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Rare fossil find on roadside (Extraordinarily preserved pterosaur)
News.com.au ^ | November 2, 2006 | Laine Clark

Posted on 11/03/2006 10:10:40 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

DISCOVERING a rare, 100 million-year-old fossil is amazing enough.

But not as surprising as the way Queensland Museum palaeontologist Alex Cook found it.

Keen for a break after more than three hours of driving, Dr Cook thought he would stretch his legs at the northwest Queensland town of Hughenden - and literally stumbled over the fossil.

"I found it literally on the side of the road. It's serendipity, a happy accident," Dr Cook said today.

It is the third jaw fragment of a pterosaur - a winged, fish-eating reptile that lived in the time of the dinosaurs - found in Australia.

It also is one of the "most exquisitely preserved" pterosaur specimens found in the world.

Dr Cook said pterosaur bones were "rare worldwide".

Only 50 pterosaur bones have been found in Australia in 140 years of collecting.

No wonder Dr Cook couldn't believe his luck.

"We were getting a little tired ... so we stopped at Hughenden, had some lunch, had a bit of a look around and I literally kicked it over," he said.

"It is a little bit like finding an extraordinarily endangered species that you have been looking for - they are that rare."

Dr Cook was on a fossil-finding trip in northwest Queensland with fellow palaeontologists - Colin McHenry, from the University of Newcastle and Adam Morell of the Richmond Marine Fossil Museum, near Hughenden about 500km from Mt Isa - when he made the surprise find in 2004.

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


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: crevolist; dinosaur; dinosaurs; evolution; fossil; godsgravesglyphs; junksciorgasm; paleontology; pterosaur
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Notice this "exquisitely preserved" specimen is in Queensland, Australia, which is just a little bit south of New Guinea, where there have been unconfirmed eyewitness reports of living pterosaurs.

Isn't that interesting.

1 posted on 11/03/2006 10:10:41 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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2 posted on 11/03/2006 10:13:05 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Cool, I've been up Queensland, and close to PNG.

But, Dave, this is science, it has no place here, you should know that.

Now get to church.

:)


3 posted on 11/03/2006 10:13:54 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Pro Evolution, Pro Stem Cell Research, Pro Science, Pro Free Thought, and Conservative)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Don't forget this interesting link on pterosaurs:

Pterosaur! (Evolutionists confounded again)
4 posted on 11/03/2006 10:15:11 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Har. Har. Breaking out the pine sap...


5 posted on 11/03/2006 10:18:01 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I'm trying to figure out why the four-year-old feature "15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense" is resurfacing on Google news tonight. Try searching "intelligent design" on google news, and it pops up. It doesn't even say it's been updated.

Why after four years is it news?


6 posted on 11/03/2006 10:19:34 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

One man's "literally on the side of the road" is another man's place of passionate significance.

"Where was the road when we chose to pass away here...or thirty feet East, accounting for the mud...!"


7 posted on 11/03/2006 10:24:08 PM PST by PoorMuttly ("Character is Destiny" -- Heraclitus)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

8 posted on 11/03/2006 10:25:42 PM PST by Tim Long (Mountjoy for Senate. Noonan for Governor. McClintock for Lt. Governor. Poochigian for Attorney Gen.)
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To: Tim Long

"Impressive wing span!"


9 posted on 11/03/2006 10:29:57 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

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10 posted on 11/03/2006 10:31:12 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: DaveLoneRanger; Central Scrutiniser
But, Dave, this is science, it has no place here, you should know that. Now get to church.

I guess that mass exodus you were talking about wasn't complete, Dave. *rrr* And I was so looking forward to threads without the same fallacious arguments.

Central Scrutiniser, you should be more specific when you say "stem cell research." If you mean embryonic, what's "conservative" about destroying nascent life instead of using adult cells which have yielded 72 cures?

11 posted on 11/03/2006 10:35:52 PM PST by Tim Long (Mountjoy for Senate. Noonan for Governor. McClintock for Lt. Governor. Poochigian for Attorney Gen.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

12 posted on 11/03/2006 10:36:52 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Tim Long

Ah, so you aren't interested in being in a forum that has actual debate?

That is sad.

As for Stem Cell research, all of it. I'm not for abortion, but its gonna be used in other countries as well as our own. If fetal stem cell research is against the law in the US, other nations will use it, and it it leads to discovery, so be it. You aren't going to stop discovery, invention and science, thank God.

As for being a conservative, you don't own the litmus test to my political leanings, and, as a conservative, I respectfully would tell you to piss off.


13 posted on 11/03/2006 10:41:53 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Pro Evolution, Pro Stem Cell Research, Pro Science, Pro Free Thought, and Conservative)
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To: Central Scrutiniser
Ah, so you aren't interested in being in a forum that has actual debate?

No, I just like the debate to be debate to be a little more complex than "Dat's reelijyun!"

As for being a conservative, you don't own the litmus test to my political leanings, and, as a conservative, I respectfully would tell you to piss off.

Oh. Well in that case, I GOT TWO WORDS FOR YA!


14 posted on 11/03/2006 10:51:15 PM PST by Tim Long (Mountjoy for Senate. Noonan for Governor. McClintock for Lt. Governor. Poochigian for Attorney Gen.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Evolution can't answer some pretty simple questions: for instance, what did these creatures do to get by before they evolved? How in the heck did all these wonderful "mutations" get a chance to occur, when these species should have died out long before these wonderful "adaptations" took place. If something exists, it must have been created, and for some reason a lot of people have trouble with this simple, logical conclusion. Also, if something did "evolve," does that automatically mean that it was never created? I'm afraid I'm not as smart as the evolutionists who deny creation, as I have many more questions than I have answers.


15 posted on 11/03/2006 10:52:48 PM PST by jim35 (Holding my nose to vote all R's.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Keen for a break after more than three hours of driving, Dr Cook thought he would stretch his legs at the northwest Queensland town of Hughenden - and literally stumbled over the fossil.

Funny how fossils are dated by the level of earth that they are imbedded in, but in this case a 100 million year old fossil laying right on the top of the ground.

16 posted on 11/03/2006 11:01:34 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: jim35

Creation can't answer any questions, as it is a belief.

Care to explain the noahs ark fable?

You should really read up and try to understand research.

Evolution is a theory that is added to every day with new research and findings. Creationism is just a bunch of dogmatic christians trying to create science to fit their pre concieved beliefs. You seem to think of evolution in the span of one life, its actually many many millions of generations, you need to think beyond the 5000 years that young earth creationists pulled out of their hat.

But, by all means, believe whatever the hell you want, its a free country, even if its not a totally free forum.


17 posted on 11/03/2006 11:07:19 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Pro Evolution, Pro Stem Cell Research, Pro Science, Pro Free Thought, and Conservative)
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To: Tim Long

Technically, this wasn't a fallacious argument. It was just a stupid sore-loser slur. There's a difference.


18 posted on 11/03/2006 11:18:21 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Hey, I tried joining DarwinCentral and was banned twice on false charges. So much for "actual debate."

Stem cell research has done practically NOTHING to cure the ailments of humanity. If you'd done your research or read here on FR, you'd know that. Perhaps you should ask Mr. "Are cord-blood stem cells different in some way from embryonic stem cells" Ichnuemon about it.

We're not going to stop discovery, invention and science with creationist beliefs and you're not going to start it with evolutionary beliefs. Evolution has nothing to do with observational, applicable, operational science.

Careful! You just thanked God!

And you're lucky I don't hit the abuse report on your "PO" phrase, but the mods are a little sick of hearing about crevo complaints.


19 posted on 11/03/2006 11:22:00 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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To: jim35; Tim Long

Let's be careful not to gang up. We'll take turns. :-)


20 posted on 11/03/2006 11:23:01 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (I'm not paranoid. But everyone thinks I am.)
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