a plesiosaur maybe? like nessie?
wait, that's not the one that everybody is freaking out about that could almost literally be the size of godzilla?
just recently i was watching the discovery channel and they had this scientist talking about finding this plesiosaur(?) skull that apparently was one of the biggest ever. they were discussing it's colossal dimensions etc.
but what really freaked him out was the size of the lethal tooth hole in the top of it's skull. whatever did it had to be over twice it's size. should've seen this guy face he was so happily freaked out.
he actually said something like "i know how but this thing was but i don't want to say because i'll sound like a crackpot".
hey kozik, there's a place called joggins in maritime canada (new brunswick specifically).
they have these fossil cliffs there that would blow your mind. fossilized tree stumps, fish and bugs etc. just crumbling out of this shear rock face everyday.
they tell you not to pick any up but it's rediculous not too. it's right on the ocean so if you don't there's a really good chance they'll get lost forever (highest tides in the world and pounding surf).
i was there on a university field trip years ago - saw milipede tracks that were two and a half feet wide! :o
I am fascinated with evolutionary biology and ecosystems. I have like 500 serious books on the subject..as I once dreamed of being a biologist. alas, laziness interferred. Happy to talk it all day long.
if you look at a fin..you can see how the bones can become the radii for digits....we all share a common ancestor that was called a bilateral chordate...that is a central nervous system and bilaterall symmetry. insects and cephalopods and other weird crap does NOT share a common ancestor with us...other than like algea or whatever. Bilateral Chordates ended up winning the lottery and flourished out everywhere...
each generation had tiny incremental changes based on random genteics that eventual became very useful..more died out than survived and evolution goes on right now, it's just that the time frame is not short enough for use to notice. I mean...look at dogs. they are all the 'same' but we can selectively breed them for desired traights. The ones that don't have desired traights dont get to reproduce. Nature does the same by KILLING the ones that are not adaptable.
...well..it's not as if though they sprouted them..slow weeding out over many generations..lets say your a fish..theres a lot of predators around ...you are born a freak..with slightly larger stronger fins..they allow you to
flop over into the next puddle, you survive, breed and your offspring carry a gene for stronger fins...theres other fish the same..your offspring breed with them and generation 3 have even more leg gene and can flop faster...it's like that.
fish can just be so creepy. you know that sushi piece thats bbq'd eel? i think its called unagi. EAT ALOT OF IT. the less eels in the world the better. i dislike the eels that have the little legs like you just know any second they will evolve and walk up to you and wrap themselves around your neck and kill you. death to eels.
yes, as a matter of fact. its the Burgess Shale, in british columbia. clay and i always go camping around there so... its not really ironic...
This is what mystifies me about evolutionary theory: how is a fish growing legs and starting to walk out of water anything close to adapting through "survival of the fittest"???
(note: do not take too many drugs and stare at your pet fish for too long.)
theres also like some island way up north...Novya Zemlaya or maybe one of the ones in the Baffin area..anyway..lots of fossils of tiny,pygmy wooly mammoths..apparentley no predators and limited food so the ended up being tiny...like 4 foot tall.
what a cool pet...I nominate them for genetic resurrection.
your referring to the Pre-Cambrian Fauna..ironically enough the greatest deposits of them are in British Columbia.
Giant # toed sloths are cool too..the American Megafauna ..giant elks, giant armadillos...like evrything we have now was HUGE once. plus giant flightless birds. all dead.
Hunted to extinction or asteroid impact? no one knows for sure.
speaking of hasbeens, i went to the library a few days ago to look at some books on evolution. one of the books had page after page of amazing illustrations of weird animals that are extinct now. i dont mean dinosaurs i mean like mammals you would never recognize and swimming things and tiny monsters that have like five eyes and something that looked like a ufo made out of jelly and cartilage. they'd be great on posters.
We've used an assload of birds on our posters. I don't think we've ever used em' for a EMO band though.
Sweater pattern was for Calexico.
Wallpaper was for Richard Buckner.
The bunnies were for everything we didn't use hitler on...errr wait.