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What am I sappy dinosaur blogging?

September 22, 2017

A perfectly preserved new species of dinosaur discovered by researchers in Canada.

Discovered in a mine in Alberta, the fossilized dinosaur’s skin, its heavily-armoured back and head is clearly visible, that Canadian palaeontologists named the specimen the ‘Mona Lisa’ of dinosaurs.


Above, one of the best preserved dinosaur fossils ever found, complete with skin and scales.  Credit Courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Canada.

Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lived in western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into the sea. Its undersea burial preserved it in stunning detail.

The specimen’s stomach contents have been also preserved, giving new clues to its nutrition.

Dinosaur Borealopelta markmitchelli

An artist’s impression of the Borealopelta markmitchelli.  Courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Canada.

One the researchers Caleb Brown, from Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada, said:

“Strong predation on a massive, heavily-armoured dinosaur illustrates just how dangerous the dinosaur predators of the Cretaceous must have been.

This nodosaur is truly remarkable in that it is completely covered in preserved scaly skin, yet is also preserved in three dimensions, retaining the original shape of the animal. The result is that the animal looks almost the same today as it did back in the Early Cretaceous. You don’t need to use much imagination to reconstruct it; if you just squint your eyes a bit, you could almost believe it was sleeping … It will go down in science history as one of the most beautiful and best preserved dinosaur specimens – the Mona Lisa of dinosaurs.”

 

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What am I sappy hummingbird blogging?

September 15, 2017

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 25, 2017

Someday soon at my house.

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 18, 2017

(Whiskas cat food ad)

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 11, 2017

from Daily Timewaster

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What am I sappy water bear blogging?

August 4, 2017

credit: SciSource

When I was studying biology, we knew them as water bears, however . . “the tiny tardigrade has been named the world’s most indestructible species after scientists discovered it is the only creature that will survive until the Sun dies.

Although cockroaches are traditionally seen as Earth’s most resilient species, the eight-legged microbeasts are actually far hardier and will continue to thrive for around 10 billion years, come hell or high water, Oxford University has found.

Tardigrades, which are also known as space bears or moss piglets, are able to survive for up to 30 years without food or water and endure temperature extremes of up to 150 degrees celsius, the deep sea and the frozen vacuum of space.

credit: SciSource

Researchers from Oxford and Harvard University, found that their astonishing abilities would protect them from calamities which would wipe out all life on Earth. In fact the only forces capable of harming tardigrades, such as a gigantic asteroid, an exploding star or a deadly gammar ray burst will not happen before our own Sun dies.

Not only does it suggest that tardigrades will survive long after humans have died out, but it gives hope that life could exist on even the most barren and hostile planets.

“Life on this planet can continue long after humans are gone,” said Dr Rafael Alves Batista,  of the Department of Physics at Oxford University.

“Tardigrades are as close to indestructible as it gets on Earth, but it is possible that there are other resilient species examples elsewhere in the universe.

“In this context there is a real case for looking for life on Mars and in other areas of the solar system in general. If Tardigrades are earth’s most resilient species, who knows what else is out there.”

Story from The Telegraph: Science

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

July 21, 2017

“Priest Solodkov, the ship’s doctor and the ship’s cat on the deck of Kagul, Bizerta, 1921. Kagul (renamed Ochakov, later General Kornilov) was built by Sevastopol dockyard. Laid down 1900, launched October 1902, completed 1905, seized by the White forces in the Russian Civil War and interned in Bizerta in 1920 as part of Wrangel’s fleet, sold for scrap in 1933.

Reblogged from Daily Timewaster