kryptops palaios: or, old hidden face.

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kryptops palaios: or, old hidden face.

Postby longtimecoming » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:21 pm

something scientific! and not my usual hot for teacher reference!

Monday, February 18, 2008
Fossils of New Meat-Eating Dinos Found
"Fossil hunters say they have discovered bones of two massive meat-eating dinosaurs in Africa. University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and co-author Stephen Brusatte named one Kryptops palaios, or "old hidden face," because of a horny covering over its face. They named the other Eocarcharia dinops, or "fierce-eyed dawn shark," for its razor-sharp teeth and bony brow.
Both were about 25 feet long and stood 7 feet high at the hip. Kryptops had a short snout with teeth better for gnawing, leading the scientists to believe it was more of a scavenger.
Eocarcharia's brow was so pronounced that Sereno thinks it was used for head-butting rivals to win over potential mates.
"The only thing I can think of is they were smacking each other with it," Sereno said.
The creatures lived at a time when land bridges connected Africa to India and even Antarctica, which was then a temperate home to dinosaurs. But Africa later became isolated and its dinosaurs followed unique evolutionary paths scientists have just begun to uncover.
Sereno's group found the new species during a 2000 expedition to the Niger desert. They found bones from about a dozen new species, and stumbled across one of the richest archaeological sites that's been found in the region.
"We have not released even half of all that we found there," Sereno said. ... QBUAsPLBIF

These discoveries give you a perspective on life. There were beings on earth before us. These discoveries are a great way to get a better understanding of our lives.
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Postby grant » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:33 am

I wonder how many paleontologists enter the field just for the etymology.

I imagine it must be a few.

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Postby Mike McCusker » Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:45 pm

How can dinosaurs have existed, when God only made the world a week last Thursday?

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Postby longtimecoming » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:07 pm

i heard jurassic park got fixed, even the fences!

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