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New Dinosaur Built Like a Sherman Tank
LiveScience.com ^ | 10/30/09 | Jeanna Bryner

Posted on 10/30/2009 7:19:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

A husband and wife team of paleontologists has discovered a newfound species of armored dinosaur that lived 112 million years ago in what is now Montana.

The duo, Bill and Kris Parsons of the Buffalo Museum of Science in New York, spotted the dinosaur's skull on the surface of a hillside in Montana in 1997. Over the next few years, they retrieved more of the now nearly complete skull along with skin plates, rib fragments, a vertebra and a possible limb bone from the dinosaur species.

Now called Tatankacephalus cooneyorum, the beast is a type of ankylosaur, or a group of plant-eating dinosaurs that resembled nature's armored tanks as they walked about on four limbs and their bodies were covered with bony armor that may have been covered with a colorful keratinous sheathing (same as the stuff in bird beaks and turtle shells).

"These were big dinosaur versions of a Sherman tank," Bill Parsons said. "They were armored and they withstood whatever came at them, and they just kept going." T. cooneyorum was about 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 meters) in length.

And this dinosaur had its share of protection, with two sets of stubby horns, one on the cheeks and the other around its eyes, two thick domes at the back of the skull and thickened areas around the nasal region.

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


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: dinosaur; godsgravesglyphs; montana; paleontology; shermantank

A newfound species of armored dinosaur, now called Tatankacephalus cooneyorum,
may have showed off skin colored with subdued colors, the researchers speculate.
Credit: Bill Parsons.


1 posted on 10/30/2009 7:19:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

The Dinosaur Song

~ Heywood Banks

Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic,
Don’t ya know it’s funny how the time goes by
Seems like only yesterday we slithered out of the sea
And now we got to wear a suit and tie

For fifty-seven million years the dinosaurs ruled the land
But now they’re dead and that’s just fine you will conclude —
Now I’m not saying they weren’t real nice,
Once you finally broke the ice,
But some of them were really rude!

Oh, way out in Montana, although not very recently
Where the Stegosaurus grew and grew
Everyone knew he had hips like a bird and bony plates along his back
But he never would admit it was true
Out of his tail grew great big spikes and if you mentioned it he would likely
Whip that tail at you angrily
‘Cause even though his brain was actually only the size of a walnut
He was just as proud as you and me

Tyrannosaurus Rex had a head four feet long
And it made it tough to buy a toupee
His teeth were seven inches long,
And he had little teeny arms
And it made it hard to brush every day

Triassic period Jurassic period Cretaceous comma
Hey there Mama, where did all the dinosaurs go?
Some say a meteor hit the Earth and killed them all for what it’s worth
But then again we don’t really know
I can now explain at last, it wasn’t ice or greenhouse gas
That stopped their little hearts from a-tickin’
A caveman who had happened by
Discovered when they were deep-fried
Dinosaurs tasted just like chicken!


2 posted on 10/30/2009 7:25:44 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: All

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3 posted on 10/30/2009 7:27:43 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“No s**t? I could’ve used some of those bastards in the war.”

4 posted on 10/30/2009 7:28:48 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: NormsRevenge
COOL!


5 posted on 10/30/2009 7:34:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: RichInOC

Somehow, I doubt these dinosaurs exploded easily.


6 posted on 10/30/2009 7:34:44 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGepwTmhBtA


7 posted on 10/30/2009 7:42:27 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: org.whodat

That can;t be put together that badly.. the Sherman wasn’t that good a tank.


8 posted on 10/30/2009 7:49:18 PM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: Mmogamer
Shermans won on sheer numbers. Not enough armor or main gun. Oddball would beg to differ though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBiSKaAms5E

9 posted on 10/30/2009 7:53:33 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: NormsRevenge
Really? .. Tatankacephalus cooneyorum ?
10 posted on 10/30/2009 8:00:54 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Mmogamer

LOL, gave those tigers lots of target practice. Took a brave damn man to get in one of those and charge a tiger.


11 posted on 10/30/2009 8:02:35 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: org.whodat

They were also called Tommy Cookers for a good reason.


12 posted on 10/30/2009 8:14:54 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: NormsRevenge

I suspect that this is actually quite an old dinosaur.


13 posted on 10/30/2009 8:51:23 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Halfway honest people reject Darwinism)
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To: wally_bert
"Ronsons"


14 posted on 10/30/2009 8:59:46 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Kozak

Yep, Sherman Tank had really, really, really sh#*y armor...


15 posted on 10/31/2009 12:35:17 AM PDT by gman992
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To: NormsRevenge; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

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Looks like we've got some non-fans of the Sherman. :') It may have been the worst tank in WWII, it probably was the worst non-Italian tank in the European/Mediterranean theater -- but the US built 30,000 of them, and the Germans were simply overwhelmed. One of my mom's first cousins rolled across France in one, wound up being (I think) the only survivor from his crew during the Bulge. Thanks NormsRevenge. I didn't even check to see if this is a duplicate topic. :')

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16 posted on 10/31/2009 9:23:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: JoeProBono

Now let’s see you find a picture of its mortal enemy, Bazookasaurus.


17 posted on 10/31/2009 9:48:44 PM PDT by Pelham (Obammunism, for that smooth-talking happy -face communist blend.)
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To: Pelham

18 posted on 10/31/2009 9:54:09 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SunkenCiv

The size of American tanks was dictated to some degree by shipping parameters. If you built them large and heavy you couldn’t get them to the battle. The German army didn’t have to worry about fitting a Tiger tank into an LST.


19 posted on 10/31/2009 9:56:48 PM PDT by Pelham (Obammunism, for that smooth-talking happy -face communist blend.)
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To: JoeProBono

Are you sure that’s a reptile?


20 posted on 10/31/2009 9:57:42 PM PDT by Pelham (Obammunism, for that smooth-talking happy -face communist blend.)
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To: Pelham
Sorry.

Better?


21 posted on 10/31/2009 10:30:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I think I’ll take door # 18, reptile or not.


22 posted on 10/31/2009 10:37:26 PM PDT by Pelham (Obammunism, for that smooth-talking happy -face communist blend.)
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To: Pelham

23 posted on 10/31/2009 10:44:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

A gopher with a Halloween mask!!


24 posted on 10/31/2009 10:48:12 PM PDT by Pelham (Obammunism, for that smooth-talking happy -face communist blend.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not much on the topic here.


25 posted on 11/01/2009 8:05:20 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv
I have a question....

How come we never see Mammals with armor plating of any kind...excepting horns....?

Archeology speaking....

26 posted on 11/01/2009 8:40:14 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Not sure what a Rino carries...


27 posted on 11/01/2009 8:51:49 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Geert Wilders)
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To: NormsRevenge

Show me the fossilized skeleton!

I read a National Geographic article on dinosaurs. WONDERFUL pictures and vignettes of how they lived.

Then they showed the 1X2 inch bone fragment from which they extrapolated all of that. Color? Size? What they ate? How they cared for their young? What their defenses were? From a 1X2 inch fossilized bone fragment.

These articles are interesting but have lost any magic, they pretty much fall into the realm of fantasy.


28 posted on 11/01/2009 9:00:04 AM PST by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hey, if the fossil of an armored humanoid were found in a prehuman paleontological strata, nothing would be published. ;’D


29 posted on 11/01/2009 9:28:43 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Pelham

The width and height of the assembly lines had much more to do with it. :’)


30 posted on 11/01/2009 9:29:55 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv
Well,...they need to find some armored humanoids....they must be out there...

If evolution worked for reptiles ....why didn't it work for humanoids...?

31 posted on 11/01/2009 9:42:22 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hoosez it did? :’)


32 posted on 11/01/2009 10:04:34 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

LOL!


33 posted on 11/01/2009 10:47:47 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

A little history’s in order. The M-4 “Sherman” was built to be a speedy, armored escort for infantry. The German tanks were bulit to be mobile artillery. Shermans were less armored and smaller gunned but faster and more mobile. A big mistake was first making them with gasoline engines, vs. diesel, which resulted in their exploding when hit. They could not slug it out with bigger, heavier German tanks which also had 90 or 105 millimeter guns to the Sherman’s 75. The allies used Shermans in packs to destroy each heavy German tank. Shermans operated in fours. One or two Shermans were destroyed for each Panzer but the allies had the numbers.


34 posted on 11/01/2009 11:07:15 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice
We can't handle casualties like that anymore.
35 posted on 11/01/2009 12:42:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Geert Wilders)
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To: pabianice
A Sherman can give you a very nice... edge.
36 posted on 11/03/2009 9:11:59 AM PST by colorado tanker (Mr. Flyingsaucerballoonboymediawhoreman - this Bud's for you!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Oddball: Hi, man.
Big Joe: What are you doing?
Oddball: I'm drinking wine and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know.
Big Joe: What's happening?
Oddball: Well, the tank's broke and they're trying to fix it.
Big Joe: Well, then, why the hell aren't you up there helping them?
Oddball: [chuckles] I only ride 'em, I don't know what makes 'em work.
Big Joe: Christ!
Oddball: Definitely an antisocial type. Woof, woof, woof! That's my other dog imitation.
37 posted on 11/03/2009 9:14:38 AM PST by colorado tanker (Mr. Flyingsaucerballoonboymediawhoreman - this Bud's for you!)
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