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(Metro)   The stuff that Jurassic caveman nightmares were made of: blood-sucking giant maggot found in China   (metro.co.uk) divider line 26
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2014-06-27 09:03:07 AM
And they might have survived to the modern day, if it wasn't for the tireless work of one man...

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2014-06-27 09:19:50 AM
I think a Jurassic caveman's bigger problem is that he'd have to wait around for about 64 million years for someone to bang.
 
2014-06-27 09:21:44 AM
Subby is trolling.
 
2014-06-27 09:35:34 AM
Ah, I see they found my ex.
 
2014-06-27 09:41:13 AM
Giant = less than an inch long.

It's also aquatic, so it's basically a leech that turns into a fly.
 
2014-06-27 09:43:12 AM

Epicedion: Ah, I see they found my ex.


Your ex is my former lawyer?
 
2014-06-27 09:45:51 AM
Uncle John-Inge?!? Oh, that was Thailand he showed up. Carry on.
 
2014-06-27 09:49:06 AM
But have you seen that Jurassic Caveman's sweet sweet ride?

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2014-06-27 09:53:25 AM
Precursor to leeches?

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2014-06-27 09:58:36 AM

cgraves67: Giant = less than an inch long.

It's also aquatic, so it's basically a leech that turns into a fly.


Nope.  Not even that.  Justa stupid parasite that's smaller than a leech.  The only thing interesting here is that it pushes the known date of this type of parasite further back in time.
 
2014-06-27 09:58:37 AM
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-06-27 10:14:49 AM
According to the paper, it "represents a stem group of the tabanomorph family Athericidae." So it's vaguely related to horse flies and deer flies, if they are right. I'm usually suspicious of phylogeny based on compression fossils. "Prolegs with crochet hooks", a character they use to justify family placement, have evolved more than once in Diptera.
 
2014-06-27 10:21:28 AM

ZAZ: According to the paper, it "represents a stem group of the tabanomorph family Athericidae." So it's vaguely related to horse flies and deer flies, if they are right. I'm usually suspicious of phylogeny based on compression fossils. "Prolegs with crochet hooks", a character they use to justify family placement, have evolved more than once in Diptera.


I was told there would be no math taxonomy.
 
2014-06-27 10:31:45 AM
Comcastis jurisdoctiris welfarequeenis congressis kardassianus?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-06-27 10:54:35 AM
Also quoting the paper: The round sucker has six radial ridges which are considered to be highly modified thoracic legs.

I doubt this explanation because larvae of Diptera lack thoracic legs.  Why would the legs reactivate then change to ridges instead of some other bilaterally symmetric character of the thorax changing?
 
2014-06-27 10:55:39 AM

felching pen: Comcastis jurisdoctiris welfarequeenis congressis kardassianus?


Hey now, i know the Cardassians were major antagonists for the Federation for decades, but the aftermath of the Dominion war was enough punishment for them. No need to get nasty.
 
2014-06-27 11:07:36 AM
I thought Dennis Rodman went to North Korea, not China?
 
2014-06-27 11:08:24 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: But have you seen that Jurassic Caveman's sweet sweet ride?

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2014-06-27 11:29:43 AM
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2014-06-27 11:33:20 AM

Smoking GNU: felching pen: Comcastis jurisdoctiris welfarequeenis congressis kardassianus?

Hey now, i know the Cardassians were major antagonists for the Federation for decades, but the aftermath of the Dominion war was enough punishment for them. No need to get nasty.


Cardassian. Kardashian. I'm always getting them mixed up. One is a terrifyingly hideous alien race wreaking havoc on humanity, the other is in Star Trek.
 
2014-06-27 11:37:01 AM
If by "Giant,"  Subby means "of average size when compared to a modern maggot" then, absolutely..  *eyeroll*

..agree with assessment by  ZAZ 100%, also..
 
2014-06-27 12:24:03 PM
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2014-06-27 02:02:26 PM
Mongolian death worm, anyone?
 
2014-06-27 02:16:33 PM
A Jurassic caveman would have been about 10 cm long and resembled a modern mouse more than a modern ape.

I guess technically they'd still have sleep cycle and potentially "dream" (fruit flies can suffer sleep deprivation so that evolved pretty far up the family tree) so I suppose they could have nightmares, but an aquatic parasite 1/5 of their size might find a small mostly arboreal mammal to be kind of impractical prey.
 
2014-06-27 02:51:27 PM

Jim_Callahan: A Jurassic caveman would have been about 10 cm long and resembled a modern mouse more than a modern ape.


And voted the straight GOP ticket....

HEY YO!!
 
2014-06-27 04:56:11 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Mongolian death worm, anyone?


Can I get it fried with a side of lo mein?
 
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