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  • Dec 2016: Feathered dinosaur tail fragment trapped in amber amazes scientists

    04/15/2017 2:35:43 PM PDT · by ETL · 101 replies ^ | December 09, 2016 | Rob Verger
    It’s a discovery that's straight out of “Jurassic Park.” Scientists have found a tiny section of a dinosaur’s tail trapped in amber, and not only that, it has feathers. Dating to about 99 million years ago, or the mid-Cretaceous period, the amber containing the eight dinosaur vertebrae originally came from Myanmar. While scientists have known since 1996 that some non-avian dinosaurs had feathers, and even suspected that fact 10 years before that, this new find can teach them more about how feathers have evolved over millions of years. The feathered tail in question came from a juvenile dinosaur, likely a...
  • If Hillary Wins After Latest FBI Revelations - What Will It Mean?

    10/29/2016 7:31:16 AM PDT · by usconservative · 94 replies
    Self ^ | 10/29/2016 | USConservative
    If Hillary wins after all the new revelations from the FBI, WikiLeaks, the documented Clinton Foundation corruption --- what will it mean for the country?
  • Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber

    09/16/2013 10:35:49 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 44 replies
    io9 ^ | 9/15/2013 | Analee Newitz
    Pictures of Dinofuzz at Source.
  • Prehistoric Birds May Have Used Four Wings To Fly

    03/14/2013 6:43:48 PM PDT · by Dysart · 50 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 3-14-13
    Roughly 150 million years ago, birds began to evolve. The winged creatures we see in the skies today descended from a group of dinosaurs called theropods, which included tyrannosaurs, during a 54-million-year chunk of time known as the Jurassic period. Why the ability to fly evolved in some species is a difficult question to answer, but scientists agree that wings came to be because they must have been useful: they might have helped land-based animals leap into the air, or helped gliding creatures who flapped their arms produce thrust. As researchers continue to probe the origin of flight, studies of...
  • American Indians can use bald eagle feathers (Elizabeth Warren overjoyed?)

    10/13/2012 5:46:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/13/12
    American Indians can use bald eagle feathersPublished: Oct. 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- American Indians can now own the feathers of bald eagles and other protected birds but cannot buy or sell them, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. The department announced a new policy that allows American Indians to "possess, use, wear or carry" the feathers and other bird parts, CNN reported.
  • Neanderthals used feathers as 'personal ornaments'

    09/18/2012 12:26:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    bbc ^ | 17 September 2012 | Paul Rincon
    Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown from the Gibraltar Museum, along with colleagues from Spain, Canada and Belgium, examined a database of 1,699 ancient sites across Eurasia, comparing data on birds at locations used by humans with those that were not. They found a clear association between raptor and corvid remains and sites that had been occupied by humans. They then looked more closely at bird bones found at Neanderthal sites in Gibraltar, including Gorham's and Vanguard cave, near the base of the rock: "The Neanderthals had cut through and marked the bones. But what were they cutting? We realised a...
  • "Beautiful" Squirrel-Tail Dinosaur Fossil Upends Feather Theory

    07/03/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7-2-2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    A newfound squirrel-tailed specimen is the oldest known meat-eating dinosaur with feathers, according to a new study. The late-Jurassic discovery, study authors say, strikes down the image of dinosaurs as "overgrown lizards." Unearthed recently from a Bavarian limestone quarry, the "exquisitely preserved" 150-million-year-old fossil has been dubbed Sciurumimus albersdoerferi—"Scirius" being the scientific name for tree squirrels. Sciurumimus was likely a young megalosaur, a group of large, two-legged meat-eating dinosaurs. The hatchling had a large skull, short hind limbs, and long, hairlike plumage on its midsection, back, and tail....
  • Neanderthals were fashionable in feathers

    02/28/2011 12:03:45 AM PST · by decimon · 25 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 23, 2011 | Charles Q. Choi
    Neanderthals plucked the feathers from falcons and vultures, perhaps for symbolic value, scientists find. This new discovery adds to evidence that our closest known extinct relatives were capable of creating art. Scientists investigated the Grotta di Fumane — "the Grotto of Smoke" — in northern Italy, a site loaded with Neanderthal bones. After digging down to layers that existed at the surface 44,000 years ago, the researchers discovered 660 bones belonging to 22 species of birds, with evidence of cut, peeling and scrape marks from stone tools on the wing bones of birds that had no clear practical or culinary...
  • Feathered dinosaur fossils find has Chinese scientists all a flutter

    09/25/2009 1:14:41 AM PDT · by Natufian · 10 replies · 907+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 09/24/09 | Steven Morris
    The discovery of five remarkable new fossils has confirmed that birds evolved from dinosaurs, Chinese scientists claimed tonight.Because the fossils - unearthed in rock formations in north-eastern China - are older than previous discoveries of similar creatures, the find adds weight to the theory that birds descended from predatory dinosaurs.The fossils all have feathers or feather-like structures. The clearest and most striking of the specimens can be seen to have four wings, extensive plumage and profusely feathered feet.
  • Rio Bravo on TCM 10:30PM E.S.T. tonight

    05/06/2009 3:29:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies · 1,012+ views
    It has been said that director Howard Hawks made Rio Bravo (1959) as a reaction to two popular westerns which angered him - High Noon (1952) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). His comment on the former was, "I didn't think a good sheriff was going to go running around town like a chicken with his head off asking for help, and finally his Quaker wife had to save him." Hawks also considered 3:10 to Yuma, which had outlaw Glenn Ford playing psychological games with lawman Van Heflin, "a lot of nonsense." So Rio Bravo was the director's take on heroism...
  • Springfield MO Tea Party Post-Action Report

    02/27/2009 7:33:54 PM PST · by whd507 · 21 replies · 2,314+ views
    Springfield MO, 200+ people arrived in 35 degree weather to show their support to the nationwide "tea party" movement, and the disgust at the obscene expansion of wasteful government spending.
  • Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased In Amber (100 Million Years Old)

    03/12/2008 5:37:43 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,982+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3-11-2008 | James Owens
    Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased in Amber James Owen for National Geographic NewsMarch 11, 2008 Seven dino-era feathers found perfectly preserved in amber in western France highlight a crucial stage in feather evolution, scientists report. The hundred-million-year-old plumage has features of both feather-like fibers found with some two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods and of modern bird feathers, the researchers said. This means the fossils could fill a key gap in the puzzle of how dinosaurs gave rise to birds, according to a team led by Vincent Perrichot of the Museum für Naturkunde-Berlin in Germany. The find provides a clear example "of...
  • Gregg Comments on Immigration Vote (CYA Alert)

    Gregg Comments on Immigration Vote June 28, 2007 Contact: Erin Rath/Laena Fallon WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) today made the following statement regarding today’s cloture vote on the immigration bill. U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) stated, “The immigration situation in this country is a mess and this bill, which was a work in progress, was our last opportunity in the foreseeable future to take the action necessary to fix this acute problem. It is critical that we get control of our borders, and as a result of language that I included in my amendment, this bill would have dramatically...
  • Feathered ancestor of T. rex unearthed [Transitional species]

    10/06/2004 2:08:54 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 114 replies · 2,445+ views
    Nature Magazine ^ | 06 October 2004 | Zeeya Merali
    Ancestors of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex were clothed in delicate feathers, a fossil discovered in China suggests. The find may come as a surprise to people used to images of Tyrannosaurus as a scaly monster. But many palaeontologists have been predicting just such a find ever since the first evidence of a dinosaur with a feathery coat came from the same site in Liaoning in 1995. The 130 million-year-old fossil is the oldest member recorded from the tyrannosauroid family, and the first in the group with a feather-like covering. The discovery of its skull and other fragments is reported today...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Powell Says C.I.A. Was Misled About Weapons

    05/17/2004 5:33:58 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 68 replies · 325+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/17/04 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, May 16 — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said for the first time on Sunday that he now believes that the Central Intelligence Agency was deliberately misled about evidence that Saddam Hussein was developing unconventional weapons. He also said, in his comments on the NBC News program "Meet the Press," that he regrets citing evidence that Iraq had mobile biological laboratories in his presentation to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003. The assertion about the mobile labs was one of the most dramatic pieces of the presentation, which was intended to make public the Bush administration's best...
  • Commentary: The blame shuffle in Iraq

    05/14/2004 7:49:09 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 9 replies · 200+ views
    United Press International ^ | 5/11/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Commentary: The blame shuffle in Iraq By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Published 5/11/2004 8:00 AM WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- It was the mother of all crises of confidence. America's name was suddenly mud all over the world. Political cartoons from Bangladesh to Brazil took their lead from the Financial Times: the Statue of Liberty was portrayed as the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner, electrodes tied to his wrists, swaying precariously on a pedestal. Doubtless Osama Bin Laden was also grateful for the U.S.-supplied recruiting poster. Would-be jihadis (holy warriors) from Morocco to Mindanao now have living proof...
  • How Ahmed Chalabi conned the neocons

    05/04/2004 6:30:46 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 128 replies · 165+ views
    Salon ^ | 5/4/2004 | John Dizard
    The hawks who launched the Iraq war believed the deal-making exile when he promised to build a secular democracy with close ties to Israel. Now the Israel deal is dead, he's cozying up to Iran -- and his patrons look like they're on the way out. A Salon exclusive. - - - - - - - - - - - - By John Dizard May 4, 2004 | When the definitive history of the current Iraq war is finally written, wealthy exile Ahmed Chalabi will be among those judged most responsible for the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq and...
  • Rice will 'lay out the facts,' Bush says

    04/05/2004 1:20:22 PM PDT · by demlosers · 15 replies · 105+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Apr. 5, 2004
    Associated Press Washington — U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday that his National Security Adviser "knows exactly what took place and will lay out the facts" when she testifies before the Sept. 11 commission. Condoleezza Rice's testimony on Thursday was assured only after Mr. Bush changed course last week under pressure and decided to allow her to appear publicly and under oath. She has testified in a private session in February. "She's a very smart, capable person who knows exactly what took place and will lay out the facts," he told reporters while on an economic and fund-raising trip...
  • Iraqi exile group fed news media false information

    03/16/2004 6:47:49 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 43 replies · 562+ views
    Miami Herald/Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | 3/15/2004 | JONATHAN S. LANDAY and TISH WELLS
    Iraqi exile group fed news media false information By JONATHAN S. LANDAY and TISH WELLS Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - The former Iraqi exile group that gave the Bush administration exaggerated and fabricated intelligence on Iraq also fed much of the same information to leading newspapers, news agencies and magazines in the United States, Britain and Australia. A June 26, 2002, letter from the Iraqi National Congress to the Senate Appropriations Committee listed 108 articles based on information provided by the INC's Information Collection Program, a U.S.-funded effort to collect intelligence in Iraq. The assertions in the articles reinforced President...