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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,17:17   

On the AP wire

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BEIJING (AP) -- The remains of a giant, birdlike dinosaur as tall as the formidable tyrannosaur have been found in China, a surprising discovery that indicates a more complicated evolutionary process for birds than originally thought, scientists said Wednesday.

Fossilized bones uncovered in the Erlian Basin of northern China's Inner Mongolia region show that the specimen was about 26 feet long, 16 feet tall and weighed 3,000 pounds, said Xu Xing, a paleontologist at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology in Beijing.

The height is comparable to the meat-eating tyrannosaurs. But the dinosaur, called Gigantoraptor elrianensis, also had a beak and slender legs and likely had feathers. It was 35 times larger than its likely close relation, the Caudiperyx, a small, feathered dinosaur species, Xu said.

That puts the Gigantoraptor's existence at odds with prevailing theories that dinosaurs became smaller as they evolved into birds and that bigger dinosaurs had less birdlike characteristics, he said.


More at the link.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,17:29   

Yowza. Wouldn't wanna meet that guy in an alley... (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)

  
blipey



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,17:37   

Quote (Henry J @ June 13 2007,17:29)
Yowza. Wouldn't wanna meet that guy in an alley... (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)

Yeah, that is if he really existed.  I'm all for Ftk telling me how this couldn't possibly be evidence that dinos are ancestors of birds.

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JohnW



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,18:05   

Quote (blipey @ June 13 2007,17:37)
Quote (Henry J @ June 13 2007,17:29)
Yowza. Wouldn't wanna meet that guy in an alley... (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)

Yeah, that is if he really existed. I'm all for Ftk telling me how this couldn't possibly be evidence that dinos are ancestors of birds.

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Could be Cretaceous, could be Bronze Age. I'm keeping an open mind.
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Ftk



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,18:06   

Quote (JohnW @ June 13 2007,18:05)
Quote (blipey @ June 13 2007,17:37)
 
Quote (Henry J @ June 13 2007,17:29)
Yowza. Wouldn't wanna meet that guy in an alley... (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)

Yeah, that is if he really existed. I'm all for Ftk telling me how this couldn't possibly be evidence that dinos are ancestors of birds.

[pirahna]
Could be Cretaceous, could be Bronze Age. I'm keeping an open mind.
[/pirahna]

LOL...

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,18:17   

well, at least you're still able to laugh at yourself, FTK.

that's a hopeful sign that therapy would have a positive effect.

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2007,20:21   

Quote (Henry J @ June 13 2007,17:29)
Yowza. Wouldn't wanna meet that guy in an alley... (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)

So many incredibly cool animals that are gone forever. For example, see here, here and here.

PS: The grandaddy of them all.

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