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(PhysOrg.com)   And God said, Let there be a 100-million-year-old termite entombed in amber; and it was so   (physorg.com) divider line 91
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2009-05-15 10:51:29 AM  
I don't know who Amber is, but pr0n is getting weird.
 
2009-05-15 10:53:02 AM  
I believe you mean a 6000 year old termite made to look like it was 100 million years old to test our faith, subby.

God always pulls the best practical jokes. Look at Britney Spears.
 
2009-05-15 11:07:22 AM  
NikolaiFarkoff: I don't know who Amber is, but pr0n is getting weird.

Rule 34
 
2009-05-15 11:31:39 AM  
I just know they are going to take tree dna from this insect and clone the arboreal giants of the ancient past. Where is Jeff Goldbloom to warn us of this disaster waiting to happen?
 
2009-05-15 11:38:01 AM  
Noah_Tall: I just know they are going to take tree dna from this insect and clone the arboreal giants of the ancient past. Where is Jeff Goldbloom to warn us of this disaster waiting to happen?

He's busy uploading a virus into an unfirewalled alien mothership central computer. Can he get back to you later?
 
2009-05-15 11:55:47 AM  
See, the way it works is ... The earth was created 6000 years ago but time started going in two directions and the reverse gear is apparently much faster.
 
2009-05-15 12:05:23 PM  
How do you know it's 100 million years old?

Were you there? I don't think so.
 
2009-05-15 12:07:27 PM  
Give it up, Subby. Just because you're provably, undeniably right beyond a shadow of a doubt doesn't mean the Christians are EVER going to dump their delusion. They'll just reverse-engineer even stretchier interpretations of scripture in an attempt to appear viable.

/just watched "jesus camp" last night
//well, some of it...i couldn't get through more than 20 minutes
///scariest shiat i've ever seen
////those poor kids
//farking cultist brainwashing dick-holes
//slashie-slashie
 
2009-05-15 12:13:16 PM  
farm1.static.flickr.com
 
2009-05-15 12:32:53 PM  
eqtworld: farm1.static.flickr.com

I'd expect nothing less painted on what appears to be a mid-90's Escort.
 
2009-05-15 12:35:27 PM  
For a minute there, I thought it said thermite.

/sorely disappointed
 
2009-05-15 12:42:41 PM  
Hender: Noah_Tall: I just know they are going to take tree dna from this insect and clone the arboreal giants of the ancient past. Where is Jeff Goldbloom to warn us of this disaster waiting to happen?

He's busy uploading a virus into an unfirewalled alien mothership central computer. Can he get back to you later?


Was this before or after his work on multi-species teleportation logistics?
 
2009-05-15 12:52:44 PM  
But what about the nine princes?
 
2009-05-15 12:56:24 PM  
Amber must be kinky.
 
2009-05-15 12:56:42 PM  
neritz: NikolaiFarkoff: I don't know who Amber is, but pr0n is getting weird.

Rule 34


Those Orkin commercials just got a little weirder.
 
2009-05-15 12:56:48 PM  
www.animalpicturesarchive.com
I spared no expenses.
 
2009-05-15 12:58:09 PM  
bhcompy: But what about the nine princes?

Your princes are in another castle.
 
2009-05-15 01:10:09 PM  
Such cool shiat we still find.


Ever notice how so many hardcore Christians/creationists (not the sane moderate ones)

Worry so much about how they got here, but don't seem to worry about the reason why. They focus more on 6 days than "Love thy neighbor".
 
2009-05-15 01:13:48 PM  
RoxtarRyan: eqtworld: farm1.static.flickr.com

I'd expect nothing less painted on what appears to be a mid-90's Escort.


My arson finger gets itchy seeing that.
 
2009-05-15 01:13:54 PM  
Linux_Yes: Amber must be kinky.

APPROVES
http://tinyurl.com/oa3zru
(copy and paste)
 
2009-05-15 01:27:26 PM  
Fellow Christians:

It's called contextual interpretation, the Old Testament is rife with metaphors.
 
2009-05-15 01:32:21 PM  
eqtworld: How do you know it's 100 million years old?


We checked the birth certificate...
 
2009-05-15 01:37:02 PM  
Hold on to your butts.
 
2009-05-15 01:41:17 PM  
pwhp_67: eqtworld: How do you know it's 100 million years old?


We checked the birth certificate...


I demand to see an original copy, not this pdf crap.
 
2009-05-15 01:41:38 PM  
gorgor: Linux_Yes: Amber must be kinky.

APPROVES
http://tinyurl.com/oa3zru
(copy and paste)


blog.internetnews.com

Hot, unlike the tinyurl
 
2009-05-15 01:49:39 PM  
meat0918: I demand to see an original copy, not this pdf crap.


good one, good one...
 
2009-05-15 01:51:49 PM  
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/hot
 
2009-05-15 01:52:04 PM  
What I find amazing is that 100 million years ago there is something we can recognize as an Ant. Though, even on a biological scale, 100 million years isn't so long that we could expect a revolutionary change in an insect (or even many mammals)
 
2009-05-15 01:54:03 PM  
I like how God messes with radioactive decay to fool us. It's so ... ecumenical of Him.

/I vote to give Christians their own country where they can be insane all the live long day. Someplace cold, probably. The warm places are already taken by heathens and Hebes.
 
2009-05-15 01:55:01 PM  
This particular termite was probably flying around while mating in a wet, humid tropical forest in what is now Myanmar during the Early Cretaceous period - the age of the dinosaurs.

That's so HAWT!
 
2009-05-15 01:55:55 PM  
TheWizard: Though, even on a biological scale, 100 million years isn't so long that we could expect a revolutionary change in an insect (or even many mammals)

When something works, its going to stay around. A lot of organisms have the same form they've had for hundreds of millions of years, because it works. Humans have only been around for a hundred-ish million years, depending how liberal you want to be with the term "human".
 
2009-05-15 01:56:17 PM  
TheWizard: What I find amazing is that 100 million years ago there is something we can recognize as an Ant. Though, even on a biological scale, 100 million years isn't so long that we could expect a revolutionary change in an insect (or even many mammals)

Isn't that roughly the timeframe that scientists feel most small dinosaurs evolved into birds? Evolutionary time scales are hard to get your head around, but I thought 100MM years was a pretty long time, even by adaptation standards.
 
2009-05-15 02:04:35 PM  
t3knomanser: TheWizard: Though, even on a biological scale, 100 million years isn't so long that we could expect a revolutionary change in an insect (or even many mammals)

When something works, its going to stay around. A lot of organisms have the same form they've had for hundreds of millions of years, because it works. Humans have only been around for a hundred-ish million years, depending how liberal you want to be with the term "human".


I was always interested in the one hominid that existed for millions of years with the same style of stone axe before going extinct. Some of the speculation on that group was that the stone axe was just a slightly more complex version of a chimpanzee using a stick to collect termites. That it was more of an instinctual/semi-learned behavior but that the mind of that hominid wasn't developed for true creative thought and therefore never evolved beyond repetition of that same flint axe.
 
2009-05-15 02:12:16 PM  
I got to "Diuscovery in amber" and stopped reading.
 
2009-05-15 02:16:39 PM  
NikolaiFarkoff: Isn't that roughly the timeframe that scientists feel most small dinosaurs evolved into birds? Evolutionary time scales are hard to get your head around, but I thought 100MM years was a pretty long time, even by adaptation standards.

It's roughly accurate. But as t3knomanser also pointed out, it was something that was working.

So with the dinosaurs into birds, it was only a small group of dinosaurs that began that evolution, probably as they moved into the lower branches of trees and needed to leap from limb to limb. Eventually arms looked more like wings, and reached a point where anything more 'wingy' started to get in the way.

Evolution seems to push species to the extremes of their niches until it gets in the way, and lasts until that niche no longer exists.

Humans 'stabilized' in Africa, and really began differentiating again when we moved into different environments which required us to have less melanin, or changed our lifestyles which changed our dietary habits (raising animals which leads to the consumption of dairy products)

If we found an island with a kind of animal that had spent 10 million years there, made it off limits and somehow protected it for another 10 million years, when we came back, I wouldn't expect much to have changed.


That's why I'm a bit amazed to see how little this 'ant' differs from modern ants, since they never had the segregation from the world, and 100 million years is enough time so that EVERY environment here has changed quite a bit.
 
2009-05-15 02:30:56 PM  
navytim.files.wordpress.com


here's jeff goldblum for you. he got mixed up with a fly
 
2009-05-15 02:36:25 PM  
TheWizard:

That's why I'm a bit amazed to see how little this 'ant' differs from modern ants, since they never had the segregation from the world, and 100 million years is enough time so that EVERY environment here has changed quite a bit.


Alligators and turtles haven't changed much in the past few million years. It's a design that simply works, and works simply, why change it?
 
2009-05-15 02:40:34 PM  
TheWizard:
Humans 'stabilized' in Africa, and really began differentiating again when we moved into different environments which required us to have less melanin, or changed our lifestyles which changed our dietary habits (raising animals which leads to the consumption of dairy products)

Eurasia in periods of glaciation was the crucible, selecting for pre-frontal cortex over fast-twitch muscle fiber.

Glaciers, four seasons and milk-drinking did much more than depigment.
 
2009-05-15 02:43:33 PM  
100 million years ago would be a very cool time to explore.

I vote for more time machine research funding.
 
2009-05-15 02:46:13 PM  
Amber alerts were very different back then.
 
2009-05-15 02:47:16 PM  
it's not 100 million years old.

it's 91 million,478 thousand,656 years, 2 months, 1 week and 2 days old.
 
2009-05-15 02:52:57 PM  
emilyek_1: TheWizard:
Humans 'stabilized' in Africa, and really began differentiating again when we moved into different environments which required us to have less melanin, or changed our lifestyles which changed our dietary habits (raising animals which leads to the consumption of dairy products)

Eurasia in periods of glaciation was the crucible, selecting for pre-frontal cortex over fast-twitch muscle fiber.

Glaciers, four seasons and milk-drinking did much more than depigment.


Yes, I agree. It was just a good 'visual' aid for a point in time.

The idea is that when a change starts, it happens fairly rapidly until it reaches a point of pseudo-equilibrium.
 
2009-05-15 02:53:14 PM  
colon_pow: it's 91 million,478 thousand,656 years, 2 months, 1 week and 2 days old.

So... close enough to be legal?
 
2009-05-15 02:54:53 PM  
TheWizard: (raising animals which leads to the consumption of dairy products)

Is that why black people drink so much more "orange/grape drink"?
 
2009-05-15 02:56:42 PM  
TheWizard: That's why I'm a bit amazed to see how little this 'ant' differs from modern ants, since they never had the segregation from the world, and 100 million years is enough time so that EVERY environment here has changed quite a bit.

Well, the modern ant, in its many species, is pretty much everywhere in the world. It's a good design that fits into a wide variety of environments without serious challenge. It's not terribly surprising that such a broadly spread group of species would not be terribly perturbed by environmental changes.
 
2009-05-15 02:57:37 PM  
LoneCoon: TheWizard:

That's why I'm a bit amazed to see how little this 'ant' differs from modern ants, since they never had the segregation from the world, and 100 million years is enough time so that EVERY environment here has changed quite a bit.

Alligators and turtles haven't changed much in the past few million years. It's a design that simply works, and works simply, why change it?


Only when it comes to gross morphology have they not changed much in the past few million years. Looking at the finer details, you can see a lot of evolutionary changes in ants, alligators, turtles, fish, horseshoe crabs, etc. While the overall environments occupied by these critters has remained relatively stable, there have been enough subtle changes that caused these broad categories of animals to branch off from one another. Hell, even TFA states there are over 2000 species of termites.
 
2009-05-15 03:19:11 PM  
Another day, same unoriginal headline.
 
2009-05-15 03:19:38 PM  
LoneCoon: TheWizard:

That's why I'm a bit amazed to see how little this 'ant' differs from modern ants, since they never had the segregation from the world, and 100 million years is enough time so that EVERY environment here has changed quite a bit.

Alligators and turtles haven't changed much in the past few million years. It's a design that simply works, and works simply, why change it?


Sharks would like a word...
 
2009-05-15 03:24:32 PM  
Taima: LoneCoon: TheWizard:

That's why I'm a bit amazed to see how little this 'ant' differs from modern ants, since they never had the segregation from the world, and 100 million years is enough time so that EVERY environment here has changed quite a bit.

Alligators and turtles haven't changed much in the past few million years. It's a design that simply works, and works simply, why change it?

Sharks would like a word...


Would those words be "Suck my Diiiiick?"
 
Ant
2009-05-15 03:29:36 PM  
farm1.static.flickr.com

I think all creationist/id morons should advertise themselves in similar fashion.
 
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