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New Dinosaur Species Is a Missing Link 194

Posted by samzenpus
from the filling-in-the-blanks dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A new dinosaur provides a link between what paleontologists consider 'early' and 'later' dinosaurs. There's a gap in the fossil record between the oldest known dinosaurs, which walked or ran on their hind legs about 230 million years ago in Argentina and Brazil, and other predatory dinosaurs that lived much later. Daemonosaurus chauliodus helps fill in a blank in dinosaur history."
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New Dinosaur Species Is a Missing Link

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @08:48PM (#35814100)

    And now there are TWO gaps!

    • by hoytak (1148181)

      It's the key idea of "The Bisection of the Species", a book written by Darwin's lesser-known great-great-great-grandson who studied computer science. Incidently, they both had similar beards.

      • It's the key idea of "The Bisection of the Species", a book written by Darwin's lesser-known great-great-great-grandson who studied computer science.

        A classic binary search...

        Incidently, they both had similar beards.

        Well I don't know about Pappy Darwin, but the Younger Darwin surely knew that he'd never get any respect as a computer scientist if he didn't have a big bushy beard.

        At least if he used UNIX...

    • Dear USA (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) on Thursday April 14, 2011 @06:37AM (#35816212)

      We don't care about your internal sectarian strife between extremist protestant cults and academia, and would like to read interesting comments about the new dinosaur. So far in this thread there have been none, not a one.
      Kind regards
      The rest of the world

      • This poster is clearly persecuting Christians! Make him stop! Make him stooooooop! [/sarcasm]
    • It is a fake. The "fossilized" quarter is a dead giveaway.

    • by Benfea (1365845)
      I was just reading the section in Dawkins' Greatest Show on Earth in which he expresses how annoyed he is whenever these articles use the phrase "missing link".
  • by TheABomb (180342) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @08:51PM (#35814116)

    Did it run on Linux?

    Sorry, but it is /., so I had to ask.

  • by PPH (736903) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @08:53PM (#35814124)
    The missing link?
  • by jc42 (318812) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @08:55PM (#35814136) Homepage Journal
    In the ongoing "discussion" with the creationists, it has occasionally been pointed out that whenever a biologist finds a fossil that fills in a gap in the fossil record, one result is to replace the one gap with two gaps. Thus, no such discovery can ever persuade the creationists; it just adds to their list of known gaps in the fossil record To them, evolutionary theory can't be ready for prime time until all the fossil gaps are filled in. They don't acknowledge the patterns that biologists find in the (admittedly very sketchy) fossil record.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by sumdumass (711423)

      I guess the problem is that you do not understand their argument to begin with.

      First, let me ask, what exactly are you trying to persuade the creationist into doing?

      We have species that look alike presently. We had canines for instance, that if we knew nothing about them other then their fossils, we would probably call different animals. So evolution as in one species becoming another and splitting and become yet another in the fossil record is a little of semantics to begin with. But more importantly, it's

  • by FiloEleven (602040) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @09:19PM (#35814240)

    *For very old values of New.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @10:15PM (#35814492)

    The is no such thing as a missing link, because there is no stable state - every new generation is a link to subsequent generations.

    • by m50d (797211)
      Which is why we need a better definition of species than the current notion of being able to interbreed - every creature could interbreed with its parents, yet somehow along the way we end up with different species.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.

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