Archive for September 8th, 2005

Mega Fauna- Fossils Reveal Flying Prehistoric Giants

Giants in Those Days, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 08 2005

DUBLIN — The giant reptiles that flew above the earth until about 65 million years ago could have grown to twice the size originally thought with wingspans of at least 18 meters, a paleontologist said on Thursday.

That would be almost the same width as the 64 foot fully extended wingspan of an F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft and roughly five times bigger than an albatross, which ranks among the birds with the largest wingspans in the modern world.

Dr David Martill of the University of Portsmouth in southern England, said his research on pterosaur wings appeared to solve the problem of how such enormous creatures managed to take to the skies and stay there.

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Secrets of the Pharaohs’ Physicians Revealed

Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 08 2005

Forbes

By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) — A doctor is called to the house of a young man with a severe wound on his cheek. The flesh is split open, red and inflamed.

After assessing the damage, the doctor applies a special enzymatic cleanser to the affected area, then covers it in a bandage soaked in an antibacterial compound, to reduce the risk of infection. Chances are, the man will make a complete recovery.

While this course of treatment may sound modern, the doctor in question lived and practiced almost 4,000 years ago, in an ancient Egypt where skilled medicine worked hand-in-hand with magic potions and incantations to the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet.

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