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The Earliest Known Dino? 69

sciencehabit writes "A team of paleontologists thinks it may have identified the earliest known dinosaur — a creature no bigger than a Labrador retriever that lived about 243 million years ago. That's at least 10 million years earlier than the oldest known dinos and could change researchers' views of how they evolved. But some scientists, including the study's authors, caution that the fossils could instead represent a close dino relative."
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The Earliest Known Dino?

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  • Re:Hmmmm? (Score:4, Funny)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @05:30AM (#42189599)

    Ok, this one always makes me laugh.

    Since God (should he exist) is omnicient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, why does Satan have all this power if God doesn't let him?

    Answer, please, if you can.

    The god of the old testament especially seems like a petulant kid running his own "Sims Universe" like this guy:

    MaxxLarge [TotalFark] 2010-06-11 05:53:28 PM

    I was HORRIBLE to my poor Sims.

    I'd build GIANT houses with concrete floors, coffin-lining wallpaper, and hallways one tile wide leading in a giant spiral all the way to the center...where a staircase led to a second level with another spiral that reversed itself to the outer wall. The toilet was at one end, and the 'fridge was at the other. No beds, doors, windows, chairs, or bathing facilities. And there'd be four of 'em living in there, all with conflicting personalities, and no way to walk around each other. Then I'd put the time clock on high speed, and watch as all of their misery meters red-lined. Completely hilarious.

    After a few days of them whining about the lack of a shower, I'd take the 'fridge just to show 'em what REAL misery was. Then, a few days later, I'd put in a window, and then I'd put an end table just outside with a big, juicy roast turkey on it. The poor little digital bastards had to sit there, clustered around the window, crying about how the flies were eating like kings while they slowly starved to death. They just stood there in their own Windex-blue pee, sobbing and begging for relief that would never come. Eventually, I'd hang up the clown painting, then watch as he popped in and tried in vain to cheer them up. About then is when I'd start the fires.

    GOD, I was horrendous. But I'm still giggling like a little girl just remembering it. I'm convinced that being able to take out my frustrations on little computer jerks kept me out of therapy, and made it so I could be nice to meat-people.

    "Hey, let's convince Abraham to kill his kid. It'll be hilarious!"


  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @05:36AM (#42189615)
    Um, this Snorkasaurus []?
  • Re:Hmmmm? (Score:3, Funny)

    by greywire ( 78262 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @05:49AM (#42189677) Homepage

    You're an idiot.

    The reason all the dinosaurs are embedded in layers of sediment is because of the great flood (you know, the one that noah saved all the animals from by putting them on the ark) which killed all the dinos and then layered them in dirt and mud kicked up by the flood. This didnt happen slowly over millions of years but in 40 days during the rains and flooding.

    And don't give me carbon dating or any other dating method because they vary so much from each other that they prove the world is only 5000 years old.

    And don't tell me about single specimins of trees that reproduce by self cloning that are over 5000 years old. I'm not listening LALALALALALA....

  • Re:Hmmmm? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @06:23AM (#42189803)

    You forgot the best one of all... earth was blinked into existence with an old earth history baked right in. A little misdirection to tempt us. I suppose that's because we need to keep religion on a faith basis, or there'd be no challenge on which to judge us later.

    There's got to be a judgement, after all. There's obviously not enough space in Heaven for all of us, so there needs to be a cosmic coin flip to divide the herd between luxury resort and lakes of fire.

    Makes sense, right?

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.