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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:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @06:16AM (#42189779)

    No no no
    God is testing you and your belief.
    He put all these false clues out there to find the non believers!
    True truth is in the Bible. Anything else is wrong!

    Don't laugh - I have actually had that, um, discussion.

    Yep, God is tricky, very tricky.

  • Re:Hmmmm? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by InterArmaEnimSil ( 2549238 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @09:49AM (#42190897)

    Article about dinosaur bones.

    Comments about science? Paleontology? Dinosaurs? Not one.

    Rants about creationism and insults to theists? Forty. ...I thought this was a science and tech site, not one dedicated to the analysis and criticism of religion. Apparently I was wrong.

    You guys are more obsessed with creationism than the creationists.

  • Re:Hmmmm? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by InterArmaEnimSil ( 2549238 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:12AM (#42191827)

    I'm not even trying to touch on the issue of fundamentalism, endorsing it or countering it. Maybe fundamentalism in America needs to be countered, maybe not. I don't even mean to remark on that. As far as congressional committees go, I think you are giving the US too much credit. Give it a couple hundred years and this country won't even exist any more. My point was more about how useless Slashdot is becoming with regard to these sorts of articles.

    I'm just saying, this is a sci/tech news site. I'd like it if my time spent reading comments added to my knowledge of the topic. Instead, that time doesn't give me any new topical knowledge. It just adds to my knowledge of the fact that yes, the majority of Slashdot members are quite hateful and condemning people, and truly despise religion and everyone who takes value from it.

    You say something interesting,

    After the thousandth time you're told you're going to's time to bash back.

    So, you're hitting them because someone - maybe a parent, or a former pastor - bashed you "for the thousandth time." I'm sorry you were hurt by someone telling you that you were going to Hell. Probably wasn't the best way to approach the situation. But bashing back isn't really the way to go. Everyone from Jesus to John Stuart Mill would agree on that. It's petty.

    Moreover, ranting on Slashdot isn't bashing creationists. It's more like *trying* to hit a creationist and instead swiping at thin air. The creationists are in Southern Baptist churches, not on Slashdot. I'd bet that less than 0.1% of Slashdot readers are ranting about how wrong you think YEC is on this site is (pardon the religious idiom) preaching to the choir. It's pointless. I'd like to read science instead of spending time scrolling across a bunch of people who already all believe, with all their heart, the same thing, and sit around telling one another how right that belief is, when they all already agree. I don't know of any "Christian Warriors" who are going to be reached by picking on creationism here.

    I could direct myself to several sites which are dedicated to ridiculing Christianity. There are tons of those sites, and they're easy to find. Instead, I come to a tech news site. I just wish the comments would discuss tech news instead of how silly they think religion is, in keeping with the whole point of why Slashdot exists.

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