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2012-09-08 12:55:41 PM  
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2012-09-08 01:04:40 PM  
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2012-09-08 01:23:56 PM  
A 110 million year old track of a 15 foot long armored dino found a stone's throw from Goddard SFC?

By some retiree who went dino hunting after lunching with his wife and getting a hunch?

Cool story, Bro. 

/LOL'd at headline. Plus 1. 
 
2012-09-08 02:17:48 PM  
Just in time for the latest Doctor Who episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship."

Coincidence or just timey wimey?
 
2012-09-08 02:31:36 PM  
David Icke must be ecstatic.
 
2012-09-08 02:33:01 PM  
 
2012-09-08 02:37:32 PM  
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2012-09-08 02:49:04 PM  
We're only farked if they start mumbling something about 'balancing the equation'.
 
2012-09-08 03:00:41 PM  
He's on it right...now (in the UK, a few more hours yet in the US.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-08 03:00:59 PM  
Dinosaurs...on a spaceship!
 
2012-09-08 03:02:15 PM  
onfinite.com

Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?
 
2012-09-08 03:04:21 PM  
Bear cavalry unavailable for comment..
 
2012-09-08 03:05:25 PM  
Gotta love the creationist derp in the comments.


Bryan
That's fine and dandy but the fact is layers of rock that would contain a fossil of that type whould be much lower in than erosion in that area accounts for. Unless the surface of that area has eroded 50+ feet or so since then it is not possible. So either the Earth is not as old as they say or it's a hoax. The very science used to make these assumtions destroys itself.

August 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |

Lord knows there's no way the ground could erode 50 feet in over 100 million years; that's just crazy talk!
 
2012-09-08 03:08:32 PM  
Really was hoping that footprint was on Mars....
 
2012-09-08 03:13:43 PM  

The Bestest: [www.poeghostal.com image 320x240]


So a GIS for dinosaucers reveals rule 34 has even hit Dinosaucers.. interesting.
 
2012-09-08 03:15:30 PM  

malaktaus: Gotta love the creationist derp in the comments.


Bryan
That's fine and dandy but the fact is layers of rock that would contain a fossil of that type whould be much lower in than erosion in that area accounts for. Unless the surface of that area has eroded 50+ feet or so since then it is not possible. So either the Earth is not as old as they say or it's a hoax. The very science used to make these assumtions destroys itself.

August 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |

Lord knows there's no way the ground could erode 50 feet in over 100 million years; that's just crazy talk!


The spelling is of an elementary level. "whould." "assumtions." That's someone who has heard those words a lot, but never seen them written, ever.

HOWEVER, I think the point may be relevant. It just so happens that the layer of the earth showing right now gives a flawless imprint? Seems unlikely. Seems more likely this is like seeing jesus in a slice of toast. It just so happens the ground is arranged oddly and in this case looks like a footprint. Would love to see a follow up on this after he tests it or carbon dates the rock.
 
2012-09-08 03:21:07 PM  

quatchi: A 110 million year old track of a 15 foot long armored dino found a stone's throw from Goddard SFC?

By some retiree who went dino hunting after lunching with his wife and getting a hunch?

Cool story, Bro. 

/LOL'd at headline. Plus 1.


*Low Bow*. First greenie in a while. I made me laugh so wth?
 
2012-09-08 04:05:20 PM  

bhcompy: So a GIS for dinosaucers reveals rule 34 has even hit Dinosaucers.. interesting.


heh, wow.. I didn't even notice that. I must be de-sensitized

/no exceptions
 
2012-09-08 05:06:37 PM  

justtray: It just so happens that the layer of the earth showing right now gives a flawless imprint? Seems unlikely. Seems more likely this is like seeing jesus in a slice of toast. It just so happens the ground is arranged oddly and in this case looks like a footprint. Would love to see a follow up on this after he tests it or carbon dates the rock.


He can't carbon date rock that's millions of years old. Radiocarbon dating only works with organic specimens less than a few tens of thousands of years in age.

Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to date old things, and the age of the relevant rock formation will have been pretty well established for some time by the Maryland Geological Survey or the US Geological Survey. And it's also true that fossilized footprints have been found in many places wherever preservation conditions were right. Here are some examples. Studying the footprints has helped paleontologists figure out how dinosaurs actually walked, for example.
 
2012-09-08 05:07:07 PM  
Cmon, the episode doesn't air until later.

Thanks subby
 
2012-09-08 05:07:22 PM  
Dinosaurs...on a...

Damnit. Already on the board.
 
2012-09-08 06:42:25 PM  

justtray: malaktaus: Gotta love the creationist derp in the comments.


Bryan
That's fine and dandy but the fact is layers of rock that would contain a fossil of that type whould be much lower in than erosion in that area accounts for. Unless the surface of that area has eroded 50+ feet or so since then it is not possible. So either the Earth is not as old as they say or it's a hoax. The very science used to make these assumtions destroys itself.

August 29, 2012 at 11:55 am |

Lord knows there's no way the ground could erode 50 feet in over 100 million years; that's just crazy talk!

The spelling is of an elementary level. "whould." "assumtions." That's someone who has heard those words a lot, but never seen them written, ever.

HOWEVER, I think the point may be relevant. It just so happens that the layer of the earth showing right now gives a flawless imprint? Seems unlikely. Seems more likely this is like seeing jesus in a slice of toast. It just so happens the ground is arranged oddly and in this case looks like a footprint. Would love to see a follow up on this after he tests it or carbon dates the rock.


You're right, it's very unlikely that a dinosaur footprint would be preserved and then have the overlying strata experience just enough erosion to expose the footprint without obliterating it. But then, dinosaurs were around for at least 165 million years, leaving footprints all over the planet, even those vanishingly small odds would still result in huge numbers of preserved tracks. And they do. We have tracks all over the place, in configurations that completely rule out random chance.

If you look at the odds of pretty much any exact event happening, they're ridiculously small. But improbable things happen all of the time. What are the odds that your body would have the exact arrangement of atoms that it currently does? Pretty damn close to zero. But there you are. That's why statistics can be used to say just about anything. The odds of any exact thing happening are almost always low, but the odds of any one thing out of a large set of similar outcomes happening can be very high.

Also, carbon dating doesn't work beyond around 60,000 years, but there are plenty of other ways to determine the ages of things, both in relative and absolute terms.

/sorry, I don't mean to jump on your comment, but I couldn't help it.
 
2012-09-08 06:43:47 PM  

The Bestest: [www.poeghostal.com image 320x240]


I somehow remember this show. Good times. Cheesy but good times.
 
2012-09-08 06:46:37 PM  

Xaxor: [onfinite.com image 375x450]

Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


The guy on the left looks like something from West of Eden.
 
2012-09-08 07:57:03 PM  
img222.imageshack.us

This problem has already been dealt with by Dr. McNinja.
 
2012-09-08 09:01:08 PM  
Is this the Sat night Doctor Who thread?
 
2012-09-08 09:05:39 PM  
 
2012-09-08 09:28:53 PM  

SamFlagg: [img222.imageshack.us image 550x800]

This problem has already been dealt with by Dr. McNinja.


That took waaaaaaaay too long.
 
2012-09-08 11:06:35 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Just in time for the latest Doctor Who episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship."

Coincidence or just timey wimey?


If you've seen it already, and for anyone who cares, I think I have found the clue that Moffet is sewing into this early part of the season - the lightbulb.

In the Pond Life webisodes, the Doctor is fixing the light on top of the TARDIS. In Asylum of the Daleks, Amy's vanity has a bulb that blinks. In this one, Rory's dad is trying to fix a burnt out light.

Totally has nothing to do with the thread, but I don't see a thread for this episode, so there it is. Also, thought this wasn't a very good episode - too many characters, not enough time for any of them. Should have been a 2 parter for as many people as they had.
 
2012-09-09 12:34:00 AM  
Im watching this on SyFy right now...

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Space Dinos will be on in two weeks.
 
2012-09-09 12:37:45 AM  

HopScotchNSoda: KawaiiNot: Is this the Sat night Doctor Who thread?

No.

The thread you are looking for is: What forced, illogical plotline will the Ponds be involved in this week? Will the Brigadier and UNIT return


Too soon, man. RIP Brig.
 
2012-09-09 01:31:12 AM  
... and we shall call it "this land".
 
2012-09-09 03:57:02 AM  

Tax Boy: [i.imgur.com image 640x960]


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-09-09 09:48:53 AM  

Dr. Whoof: Should have been a 2 parter for as many people as they had.


There was not enough plot for it to be a two-parter. It was the sort of story that needed to be very fast paced or else you might stop and think about how stupid it actually was.
 
2012-09-09 11:04:12 AM  
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2012-09-09 03:57:23 PM  
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2012-09-09 08:31:42 PM  
Late to the party but still, since DW is covered here you go.

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2012-09-09 09:29:00 PM  
Xaxor:
[onfinite.com image 375x450]

Hey guys, what's going on in this thread?


I never understood why the theropod-people would have evolved to look so much like us. They could have done fine as bipedal tool users... that looked like theropods.

Erix:
The guy on the left looks like something from West of Eden.

Those books were cool because of the neat bio-engineered ichthyosaur-submarines. The inter-species sex... not so much. Also, the idea that mammals evolved on one supercontinent and dinos on the other didn't really make a lot of sense.
 
2012-09-09 10:42:40 PM  

DemonEater: ... and we shall call it "this land".


Ahhhh! Curse your sudden but inevitable Firefly reference!
 
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