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(LA Times)   New Jersey fossil hunter discovers half of ancient giant sea turtle bone, takes it to local museum to have it identified. Curators joke maybe it's other half of another bone discovered in the 1800s. Well, what do you know?   (latimes.com) divider line 21
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2014-03-26 09:12:13 AM  
That's one big ass turtle
 
2014-03-26 09:19:47 AM  
Whaddaya mean "you're supposed to be extinct?"

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2014-03-26 09:22:14 AM  
NOT MUCH, YOU?
 
2014-03-26 10:30:48 AM  
Did he have to fight any murlocs to get it?
 
2014-03-26 11:14:30 AM  
Come on subby, New Jersey Curators make a joke when they find another part humerus.
 
2014-03-26 12:40:48 PM  
Not trying to downplay how important it is for us to acquire knowledge, but if that is an exciting day for them their job is boring as hell.
 
2014-03-26 12:40:49 PM  
FTFA: Scientists believe the turtle the bone belonged to lived 70 million to 75 million years ago, in a shallow sea that covered what is now central New Jersey.

I knew turtles could live a long time, but 5 million years is still impressive.
 
2014-03-26 01:26:27 PM  
"See the TURTLE of enormous girth!
On his shell he holds the earth.
His thought is slow but always kind;
He holds us all within his mind.
On his back all vows are made;
He sees the truth but mayn't aid.
He loves the land and loves the sea,
And even loves a child like me."
 
2014-03-26 01:32:23 PM  
Could someone provide a link that works?

SubTARD's link is behind a paywall.
 
2014-03-26 02:24:36 PM  

papafree: Come on subby, New Jersey Curators make a joke when they find another part humerus.


You owe me a keyboard!
 
2014-03-26 02:49:45 PM  
Too bad it's an arm bone. If they'd found a shell, maybe it would still have elephant tracks on it.
 
2014-03-26 04:58:49 PM  
or it was intact way back when and half was turned in and the other half was secretly kept. i'd question the hell out of the person who found it.
 
2014-03-26 05:05:40 PM  
by intact i mean someone found both pieces and decided to turn in only one. the other piece was in a family attic until this guy made up a story about finding it.
 
2014-03-26 05:34:47 PM  

starlost: by intact i mean someone found both pieces and decided to turn in only one. the other piece was in a family attic until this guy made up a story about finding it.


That makes zero sense. What would be the motive?
 
2014-03-26 05:37:56 PM  

starlost: or it was intact way back when and half was turned in and the other half was secretly kept. i'd question the hell out of the person who found it.


Let me just get your theory straight. You think it's likely this guy's great-grandfather in the mid 1800s decided to anonymously donate a rare bone to a museum (what, do you think they offered him millions?) and then hid the other half in an attic? And this secret was kept in the family until 2014? For what purpose, exactly?
 
2014-03-26 05:41:57 PM  

starlost: by intact i mean someone found both pieces and decided to turn in only one. the other piece was in a family attic until this guy made up a story about finding it.


I like your line "decided to turn in only one." Do you think mid 1800s law required you to turn in rare bones to the local museum? Do you even think modern laws require that? hehe.
 
2014-03-26 06:06:47 PM  
i find dat humorus
 
2014-03-26 06:54:16 PM  

Confabulat: starlost: by intact i mean someone found both pieces and decided to turn in only one. the other piece was in a family attic until this guy made up a story about finding it.

I like your line "decided to turn in only one." Do you think mid 1800s law required you to turn in rare bones to the local museum? Do you even think modern laws require that? hehe.


We don't even have laws like that now.

Hope we never do.
 
2014-03-26 09:29:06 PM  

Dinodork: Confabulat: starlost: by intact i mean someone found both pieces and decided to turn in only one. the other piece was in a family attic until this guy made up a story about finding it.

I like your line "decided to turn in only one." Do you think mid 1800s law required you to turn in rare bones to the local museum? Do you even think modern laws require that? hehe.

We don't even have laws like that now.

Hope we never do.


It's bad enough when well-meaning idiots try to donate pieces of ballast from "Noah's Ark" (or sometimes trying to sell pieces of the "True Cross"). Just imagine how many nuts would come out of the woodwork for mandatory repositories.
 
2014-03-26 11:13:35 PM  
Nobody thought to go back to where the first half was found and look for the rest?
 
2014-03-27 06:12:02 AM  

Thosw: Nobody thought to go back to where the first half was found and look for the rest?


From what I understand, New Jersey itself was under a sea. It's not like you could go upstream when everything was water until Ohio.
 
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