Archive for May, 2009

Scotland: Nessie pops up to say “Hello”

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 28 2009

Helen Paterson

The Inverness Courier
Wed, 27 May 2009

Photo:The sonar image taken from the Jacobite Queen (Click to Enlarge)

The cast of the UK stage adaptation of sitcom Allo ‘Allo got slightly more than they bargained for while cruising Loch Ness – catching a glimpse of what could be the elusive Loch Ness Monster on the ship’s sonar screen.

The sonar images reveal five Nessie-shaped images, which a trusted Loch Ness expert cannot explain.

The cast, including television series favourite Vicki Michelle, had been taking a break from performing at Eden Court Theatre last Thursday, when the spot was made.

The crew of the Jacobite Queen witnessed highly unusual readings on the ship’s sonar screen, somewhere between Dores and Urquhart Castle.

According to captain John Askew, it was the first-time in his 15-years working on the loch that he successfully picked up images of this kind on any of the Jacobite fleet’s sonar screens. The images have now been sent for scientific analysis.

An expert in sonar who has been studying Loch Ness since 1973 couldn’t explain the sighting.

“This has got me puzzled and has every appearance of a genuine sonar contact,” said Adrian Shine, of The Loch Ness Project. “The fact there’s five items on the screen can be explained, as a single object often appears again as an echo.

“This certainly adds to the Loch Ness mystery and will be the subject of further investigation.”

Vicki Michelle, who was aboard the boat as it traveled from Inverness to the historic Urquhart Castle, commented: “I went down to the boat’s cabin and caught an arch shape on the monitor, followed by four more. The whole cast had been hoping to see something on the trip and, if it was Nessie, that positive energy probably brought her out… or perhaps she’s just a fan of the show!

“In all seriousness, whether it was Nessie or not, we all definitely saw something on that monitor,” she added.

Recorded sightings of the Loch Ness Monster go back nearly 1,500 years, although many photographs of the legendary ‘Nessie’ taken in the past century have proved to be either hoaxes or simply optical illusions.

The Faith of Science: Not Seeing What’s Not Believed

Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 26 2009

Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen..Hebrews 11

According to Wikipedia, Halton Christian Arp is an American astronomer, “known for his 1966 Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, which (it was later realized) catalogues many examples of interacting and merging galaxies. Arp is also known as a critic of the Big Bang theory and for advocating a non-standard cosmology incorporating intrinsic redshift.”

Although Arp is/was a respected and published scientist, he has had a long term problem communicating the scientific problems with the big banl theory to cosmologists and fellow “scientists”.

The following is a from a Blog posting at Thunderbolts, May 25, 2009, who posit alternate theories to explain phenomena in the universe: From: Not Seeing What’s Not Believed

“The papers reporting and discussing these findings were rejected, delayed, or published in minor journals. Each observation was treated as a separate anomaly—set aside, dismissed with a makeshift excuse, or simply ignored. The systematic correlations and repetitions of the observations were disregarded. Certainly, one or two anomalies are not enough to cast doubt on a theory, but when anomalies preponderate and ad hocisms proliferate, the theory is apt to be wrong.

“It seems the toughest thing for scientists to grasp—that a cherished paradigm like the big bang can be wrong.”

Arp wrote, “In view of all the other evidence known to show that quasars, and 3C273 in particular, belonged to the Virgo Cluster, I gloomily came to the ironic conclusion that if you take a highly intelligent person and give them the best possible, elite education, then you will most likely wind up with an academic who is completely impervious to reality.” [Emphasis in original.]

The image of the fearless scientist dispassionately following the objective truths of careful observation into new regions of discovery turns out to be a pretense for timorous formalists whose observations and thoughts are fashioned to conform to peer opinion.

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‘Junk’ DNA Has Important Role, Researchers Find

Amusing?, Church of Darwin, s8int.com, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 21 2009

Photo: Even with my new barely noticeable LoudbeClear I can’t Pick Up a Peep from Dawkins on “Junk DNA” Anymore! :0)

Sure, famous Atheist Richard Dawkins isn’t the only one who made sensational statements about God and “Junk DNA”, which with the passage of time look a bit foolish and/or premature–and sure we’ve mentioned them here before but.. here they are again-just for review….s8int.com

“Once again, creationists might spend some earnest time speculating on why the Creator should bother to litter genomes with untranslated pseudogenes and junk tandem repeat DNA. … Can we measure the information capacity of that portion of the genome which is actually used? We can at least estimate it. In the case of the human genome it is about 2%, considerably less than the proportion of my hard disc that I have ever used since I bought it”….Richard Dawkins, “The Information Challenge.” the skeptic. 18,4. Autumn 1998

‘Junk’ DNA Has Important Role, Researchers Find
ScienceDaily (May 21, 2009)
— Scientists have called it “junk DNA.” They have long been perplexed by these extensive strands of genetic material that dominate the genome but seem to lack specific functions. Why would nature force the genome to carry so much excess baggage?

Now researchers from Princeton University and Indiana University who have been studying the genome of a pond organism have found that junk DNA may not be so junky after all. They have discovered that DNA sequences from regions of what had been viewed as the “dispensable genome” are actually performing functions that are central for the organism. They have concluded that the genes spur an almost acrobatic rearrangement of the entire genome that is necessary for the organism to grow.

It all happens very quickly. Genes called transposons in the single-celled pond-dwelling organism Oxytricha produce cell proteins known as transposases. During development, the transposons appear to first influence hundreds of thousands of DNA pieces to regroup. Then, when no longer needed, the organism cleverly erases the transposases from its genetic material, paring its genome to a slim 5 percent of its original load.

“The transposons actually perform a central role for the cell,” said Laura Landweber, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton and an author of the study. “They stitch together the genes in working form.” The work appeared in the May 15 edition of Science.

In order to prove that the transposons have this reassembly function, the scientists disabled several thousand of these genes in some Oxytricha. The organisms with the altered DNA, they found, failed to develop properly.

Other authors from Princeton’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology include: postdoctoral fellows Mariusz Nowacki and Brian Higgins; 2006 alumna Genevieve Maquilan; and graduate student Estienne Swart. Former Princeton postdoctoral fellow Thomas Doak, now of Indiana University, also contributed to the study.

Landweber and other members of her team are researching the origin and evolution of genes and genome rearrangement, with particular focus on Oxytricha because it undergoes massive genome reorganization during development.

In her lab, Landweber studies the evolutionary origin of novel genetic systems such as Oxytricha’s. By combining molecular, evolutionary, theoretical and synthetic biology, Landweber and colleagues last year discovered an RNA (ribonucleic acid)-guided mechanism underlying its complex genome rearrangements.

“Last year, we found the instruction book for how to put this genome back together again — the instruction set comes in the form of RNA that is passed briefly from parent to offspring and these maternal RNAs provide templates for the rearrangement process,” Landweber said. “Now we’ve been studying the actual machinery involved in the process of cutting and splicing tremendous amounts of DNA. Transposons are very good at that.”

The term “junk DNA” was originally coined to refer to a region of DNA that contained no genetic information. Scientists are beginning to find, however, that much of this so-called junk plays important roles in the regulation of gene activity. No one yet knows how extensive that role may be.

Instead, scientists sometimes refer to these regions as “selfish DNA” if they make no specific contribution to the reproductive success of the host organism. Like a computer virus that copies itself ad nauseum, selfish DNA replicates and passes from parent to offspring for the sole benefit of the DNA itself. The present study suggests that some selfish DNA transposons can instead confer an important role to their hosts, thereby establishing themselves as long-term residents of the genome.

Worshipping the Creature: Fossil Ida: Extraordinary Find is ‘Missing Link’ in ‘Human Evolution’?

Church of Darwin, s8int.com, Science, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
May 20 2009

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Rom. 1 KJV

A few years ago, National Geographic got the hype machine going on about “Archaeoraptor”, the supposed “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds.

Storrs L. Olson, Curator of Birds at the Smithsonian (and evolutionist) protested:

“The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith.

Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age—the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion.”

Archaeoraptor turned out to be a hoax; two fossils glued together for profit from the gullible). Undaunted, National Geographic has the hype machine pumped up for “Ida”, a fossil about the size of a brown lunch bag which is “hailed” as the missing link” between today’s higher primates – monkeys, apes and humans – and more distant relatives.

Again, this time its evolutionists who are the first to question the hype–and even the description of the fossil as a “mising link”…..s8int.com

Fossil Ida: extraordinary find is ‘missing link’ in human evolutionPerfectly preserved fossil Ida, unveiled in New York today, provides unprecedented insight into our ancestry
James Randerson guardian.co.uk, Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Scientists have discovered an exquisitely preserved ancient primate fossil that they believe forms a crucial “missing link” between our own evolutionary branch of life and the rest of the animal kingdom.

The 47m-year-old primate – named Ida – has been hailed as the fossil equivalent of a “Rosetta Stone” for understanding the critical early stages of primate evolution.

The top-level international research team, who have studied her in secret for the past two years, believe she is the most complete and best preserved primate fossil ever uncovered. The skeleton is 95% complete and thanks to the unique location where she died, it is possible to see individual hairs covering her body and even the make-up of her final meal – a last vegetarian snack.

“This little creature is going to show us our connection with the rest of all the mammals; with cows and sheep, and elephants and anteaters,” said Sir David Attenborough who is narrating a BBC documentary on the find. “The more you look at Ida, the more you can see, as it were, the primate in embryo.”

“This will be the one pictured in the textbooks for the next hundred years,” said Dr Jørn Hurum, the palaeontologist from Oslo University’s Natural History Museum who assembled the scientific team to study the fossil. “It tells a part of our evolution that’s been hidden so far. It’s been hidden because the only [other] specimens are so incomplete and so broken there’s nothing almost to study.” The fossil has been formally named Darwinius masillae in honour of Darwin’s 200th birthday year.

It has been shipped across the Atlantic for an unveiling ceremony hosted by the mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg today. There is even talk of Ida being the first non-living thing to feature on the front cover of People magazine.

She will then be transported back to Oslo, via a brief stop at the Natural History Museum in London on Tuesday, 26 May, when Attenborough will host a press conference.

Ida was originally discovered by an amateur fossil hunter in the summer of 1983 at Messel pit, a world renowned fossil site near Darmstadt in Germany. He kept it under wraps for over 20 years before deciding to sell it via a German fossil dealer called Thomas Perner. It was Perner who approached Hurum two years ago.

“My heart started beating extremely fast,” said Hurum, “I knew that the dealer had a world sensation in his hands. I could not sleep for 2 nights. I was just thinking about how to get this to an official museum so that it could be described and published for science.” Hurum would not reveal what the university museum paid for the fossil, but the original asking price was $1m. He did not see the fossil before buying it – just three photographs, representing a huge gamble.

But it appears to have paid off. “You need an icon or two in a museum to drag people in,” said Hurum, “this is our Mona Lisa and it will be our Mona Lisa for the next 100 years.”

Click Here for Remainder of Article from Guardian.co.uk

“Lost World” of Dinosaurs Survived Mass Extinction?

Church of Darwin, Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
May 15 2009

Is science catching up? Our section on Dinosaurs in Ancient Art, History and Literature confirms that dinosaurs lived through the “mass extinction” (flood) and much longer.

Photo: (click Photo for larger size) Left to right: 1)Ancient warriors from Sumatra ride the back of a parasaurolophus. Art of the Ancient Peoples—Toba Batak, Sumatra By Tibor Bodrogi 1972 Translated from the Hungarian. 2) Head (orange-brown) of a “flat-headed dinosaur”, (Hadrosaurine) such as shantungosaurus or iguanadon. Han Dynasty bronze cooking vessel. The Han Dynasty spanned the period of between approximately 200 B.C. to 220 A.D..

3)Sauropod from the Ancient Art of Thailand. 4) Cerotopsian head from that other dinosaur temple. Muktinath Temple was consecrated in 1815 and is famous for its 108 “dragon headed fountain”. This is one of those dragon heads. 5) Man rides an African (Dogon) Ornithopod (“duckbilled”) Dinosaur. Piece is authenticated to the 1800’s. 6)Tyrannosaurus or other theropod. From Popol Voh Museum . Effigy figure Precolumbian.………s8int.com

Brian Handwerk
for National Geographic News
(Thanks, Constavlos)
May 1, 2009

An isolated group of dinosaurs somehow survived the catastrophic event that wiped out most of their kind some 65.5 million years ago, a new study suggests.

Dinosaurs of this “lost world,” in a remote region of the U.S. West, may have outlived their doomed relatives by as much as half a million years, according to James Fassett, an emeritus scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Fassett, who has argued for years that some dinosaurs survived the mass extinction, based his latest work on fossils from the San Juan Basin in what is now Colorado and New Mexico.

There, the bones of hadrosaurs, tyrannosaurs, anklyosaurs, and several other species were found together in a sandstone formation that dates to the Paleocene epoch—the time period after the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction event, which is thought to have killed off the dinosaurs.

As with his past research, Fassett’s latest find is likely to continue sparking controversy among paleontologists.

“Every few years someone claims to have [found] Paleocene ‘surviving’ dinosaurs,” said Hans-Dieter Sues, associate director for research and collections at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

But so far, such fossils have eventually turned out to be older remains.

“Unequivocal Evidence”

In his new study, appearing in the April 2009 issue of the journal Palaeontologia Electronica, Fassett argues that a single hadrosaur fossil helps prove that the San Juan dinos really are from the Paleocene.

After previous “survivor” finds, it was determined that the dinosaurs in question, initially entombed in sand or mud, had their bones exposed again later by natural forces such as river erosion.

The bones were then redeposited in younger rock layers, making them appear to belong to an earlier era.

But paleontologists found a concentration of 34 bones from a single hadrosaur in the San Juan Basin sandstone.

“That’s unequivocal evidence I think,” Fassett said. River-washed bones would be widely scattered and also show signs of wear and tear—unlike the current fossils, some of which he describes as “pristine.”

Click Here for the Balance of the Article on Nat Geo

Neanderthal Teaches Science a Thing or Two

Church of Darwin, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
May 13 2009

Did man evolve from primitive, less intelligent forms into presumably smarter, brainier and more sophisticated modern man? Or as we learn from the Bible, did he begin with language, intelligence, problem solving capability equal to that of “modern” man? The answer is, the more we learn about Neanderthal and Cro Magnon, the more science realizes that their initial, evolution derived assessment of him is wrong…..s8int.com

Evidence of Modern Smarts in Stone Age Superglue
By Brandon Keim Wired Science, May 12, 2009

Researchers who reverse-engineered an ancient superglue have found that Stone Age people were smarter than we thought.

Making the glue, originally used on 70,000-year-old composite tools, clearly required high-level cognitive powers. Anthropologists usually use symbolic art as the benchmark for modern cognition, but making the glue was an equally profound accomplishment.

“These artisans were exceedingly skilled; they understood the properties of their adhesive ingredients, and they were able to manipulate them knowingly,” wrote University of Witwatersrand archaeologists in a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The archaeologists took design cues from stone tools found during a decade of excavation at South Africa’s Sibudu Cave site. The stones were still covered with traces of an iron-rich red pigment and acacia gum, a natural adhesive found in the bark of acacia trees.

Acacia gum was almost certainly used to attach the stones to wooden shafts, but researchers have debated the pigment’s role. Some suggested that it was decoration. The Witersrand team suspected a more functional use.

Indeed, when they used Stone Age toolmaking techniques to attach stones to wooden shafts with nothing but acacia gum, the tools soon fell apart. When they added the pigment, the tools stuck together. But making the glue required much more than simple mixing. It demanded careful and sustained attention.

Keeping the fire at the right temperature required certain types of wood, with a certain degree of moisture content. If glues were mixed too close to the fire, they contained air bubbles. If too dry, they weren’t cohesive; if too wet, they were weak. The Sibudu Cave’s Stone Age inhabitants, wrote the researchers, were “competent chemists, alchemists and pyrotechnologists.”

The Sibudu tools were about as old as the first possible evidence of symbolic art, also found in South Africa. But some archaeologists say that art, consisting of cross-hatched engravings on stone, may represent absent-minded doodles rather than a cognitive leap. The glues are a more convincing indication of modern intelligence.

“The glue maker needs to pay careful attention to the condition of ingredients before and during the procedure and must be able to switch attention between aspects of the methodology,” wrote the Witwatersrand team. “To hold many courses of action in the mind involves multitasking. This is one trait of modern human minds, notwithstanding that even today, some people find multilevel operations difficult.”

Florida Sea Monster Controversy?

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 11 2009

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5auXcvx6bo

Video by Shiv

From: Shiv: “I strongly suspect that a mosasaur was caught on video.

I also point out how Monsterquest and/or the camera man were misleading the audience away from the mosasaur moment.

This moment didn’t appear on the monsterquest episode. They only showed the parts which appeared to show manatees and some weird seal like animal with a trident tail. I show the mosasaur moment at about 3:07 on the video above.

—Monsterquest did not deal with this issue properly. There is more going on than they presented and/or the original camera man did not want too much to be revealed. None of the audio, video or pictures in this presentation are being used for profit.

My sincere thanks to brothers Bill and Bob Clark ( the men who filmed the San Francisco sea serpent), they are genuine truth seekers and have been of real help. “..Shiv

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Did Mosasaur Become Extinct 65 Million years Ago? Ancient Greek Vase Depiction?

Photo:Caeretan black-figure clay vase from Stavros S. Niarchos collection. John Boardman, Classical Art Pl. VII 71. Photo. S.Hertig; Zurich University Collection

What do we think?

Interesting. We can’t of course confirm your hypothesis but it does remind us that there is a convincing depiction of the mosasaur-or other supposedly extinct aquatic reptile, currently catalogued by science as pliosauria, mosasauria or possibly one of the metriorhynchids. The thing is, much of what we think these creatures look like today is due to the workof a few illustrators from partial fossils.

In science, when it comes to illustrating extinct fossils, the general rule seems to be follow the leader. The “monster” shown here battling Hercules on the ancient Greek vase is uncannily silmilar to the mosasaur. What are the odds that the Greeks could have invented in their minds a creature so similar to modern depictions of “extinct”, sea dragons”.?

A very real seal and a very real dolphin are included in the artistic piece which tends to ground it in reality (as to the fauna) as well as to provide a sense of scale.

Critics of the idea that this vase represents a mosasaur would argue that; -it went extinct 65 million years ago, and thus could not depict a mosasaur , that there is no fossil evidence for a central frill (as shown) and that this depiction shows a tailfin, while mosasaurs are thought to have a flattened tail without fins.

Those may or may not seem like quibbles when you consider how accurate this depiction is in most of its details. The lack of fossil evidence for the frill can be dismissed as these characteristics are often soft and the least likely to leave an impression. For example certain pterosaurs, originally drawn without a headcrest are now being drawn with one (pterodactylus for example) because a fossil was found providing faint outlines of the crest.

Additionally, certain (brave?) scientists have suggested that the masosaur did in fact have a hypocercal tail, with two asymmetrical caudal fins. (See Greek Vase Tail Depiction In this Post)

The Sternberg Museum held a symposium in 2007 and among their findings: “little work has hitherto been done on the different stages of mosasauroid tail fin evolution, and most studies inaccurately assume that they were all anguilliform swimmers powered by isocercal caudal flukes (i.e. single-lobed tail fins supported by a centrally located backbone), unsuitable for rapid, sustained cruising.

Nonetheless, recent investigations have demonstrated that at least the derived members of the Mosasauroidea were pisciform animals equipped with semilunate tails, making them similar in appearance to moderately derived ichthyosaurs (another group of extinct marine reptiles), sharks and whales….”

Darren Naish, of the Paleobiology Research Group, complained in a recent newsgroup post that , “Robert Bakker has been restoring his mosasaurs with well-developed tail fins and dorsal fins (!). I think this is pretty fanciful.”

Robert T. Bakker, Ph.D. is the Curator of Paleontology at Houston Museum of Natural Science. Of course, we don’t suggest that he would agree to an ID of mosasaur for the creature on the vase.

Those who would suggest that this cannot be a mosasaur because of the tail depiction should read the latest literature. Wouldn’t it be ironic that this depiction could be discredited as a mosasaur because it accurately depicted what it looked like?

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Its A Good Thing That Sea Urchins Didn’t Really Have to Wait Millions of Years For Their Self Sharpening Teeth

Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 09 2009

Photo: The Department Heads Were Unamused

Sea urchin stories; we’ve got a million of them, but who doesn’t? According to “science” sea urchins developed their amazing self sharpening and ever sharp teeth over millions and millions of years. But why? Millions of years means millions of generations, so all those prior generations seemed to have done just fine. What was the impetus for sea urchins to devolope these self sharpening teeth and how did they give the improved sea urchins an advantage when millions of generations which had presumably gone before had done just fine without them?

The answer is, that they didn’t evolve over millions of years, because as it happens, the sea urchins need the self sharpening teeth to survive and they didn’t have time to “sit” around while they “evolved”. We would have had only about one generation of sea urchin in that case. The authors who studied these sea urchins can’t keep themsleves from using the word “designed” when describing this self sharpening system. Where there is design, there is a designer, my friends….s8int.com

Forwarded by Arum (Thanks!)
Israeli Scientists: Sea Urchin Teeth Stay Sharp
by IsraelNN Staff, May 9, 2009

(IsraelNN.com) Sea urchins dig themselves hiding holes in the limestone of the ocean floor using teeth that don’t go blunt. Weizmann Institute scientists have now revealed their secrets, which might give engineers insights into creating ever-sharp tools or mechanical parts.

The urchins dig holes to fit their globular bodies using their five teeth, which, like those of rodents, are ground down at the tip but continue to grow on the other end throughout the animals’ lives.

The amazing part, however, is that the teeth, which need to be harder and stronger than the rocky limestone being dug out, are themselves made almost entirely of calcite – the same calcite that makes up much of the limestone. How is this possible?

In a series of studies spanning more than a decade, Professors Steve Weiner and Lia Addadi of Weizmann’s Structural Biology Department have discovered that the urchins’ secret lies in a combination of ingenious design strategies.

The latest of these studies was reported recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), USA.

The scientists found that the sea urchins’ teeth contain crystals of magnesium calcite, which are smaller, harder and denser than those of pure calcite; they are concentrated at the grinding tip of the tooth, particularly in the tip’s center, where the most force is being exerted in the course of grinding. The presence of magnesium calcite crystals acts like sand paper that helps to grind the rock down.

In the latest study, the researchers used X-ray photoelectron emission spectromicroscopy and other high-resolution imaging methods to uncover yet another amazing structural feature of sea urchin tooth design.

They found that all the crystalline elements that make up the tooth are aligned in two different arrays that are interlocked like the fingers of folded hands, just at the tip of the tooth where most of the wear occurs.

The scientists believe that interlocking produces a notched, serrated ridge resembling that of a carpenter’s file. This ridge is self-sharpening: as the tooth is being ground down, the crystalline layers break in such a way that the ridge always stays corrugated.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/131176

Mystery of the Pterosaur Figurine in the 1983 Period Movie; “The Scarlet and the Black”

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 07 2009

Video captures by J Pratt.

This scene occurs at about the 1 hr 52 minute mark of the Italian television film “The Scarlet and the Black” featuring (among other notable actors) Christopher Plummer as the commander of the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of Rome in World War II (after the fall of Mussolini).

I have difficulty believing that the set and location designers, after striving to ensure authentic locations and art for the settings of the film, decided that for this one scene they really needed to create a life-sized gold-plated pterodactyl statue to glare at Plummer’s character from next to a fireplace!

Photo:Two Views (video captures) from the Movie; “The Scarlet and the Black”

You should find two attached jpgs, one of which presents the statue at the closest zoom of the filming camera, and one of which presents the statue from a master shot at another slightly different angle. The resolution is not very good, unfortunately; if you can rent the film at Blockbuster or Netflix, you may be able to obtain a better screen grab. (It certainly looks even more impressive on a high-def television!)

You may recognize this as something you already have better pictures of, but if not then it likely still exists somewhere in Rome in an artistic collection.

Cordially,
J. Pratt

Photo: “Scarlet” ptero compared with alleged dead (non-crested) pterosaur from the 1950′s

As you can see from the photos and comparisons shown here,Jason is on to something. Is is definitely a statue/figure of a pterosaur, probably a crested pterosaur like pterodactylus or a pterodactyl with head spike. The question then is, why is it near the fireplace in a period movie about Nazi’s and the Catholic church?

Is it meant as a joke? I assure you that there are few if any modern gold-plated or bronze statues of pterodactyls. As Jason wondered, is it a reproduction of an anncient Roman piece? Possibly Egyptian, or Greek? We’d ask the set dresser where he got the piece, but he died a few years ago.

Does anyone recognize the style or the piece? Does anyone have the movie in high definition on DVD? Maybe we can obtain a better look at this “pterosaur”….s8int.com

Information About “The Scarlet and the Black”

The Scarlet and the Black is a 1983 made for TV movie starring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer. This production should not be confused with the 1993 British television mini series The Scarlet and the Black, which starred Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz.

Based on J. P. Gallagher’s book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican (published in 1967), this movie tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a real life Irish Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and Allied POWs from Nazi occupied Rome.

Plot synopsis
In 1943, German-occupied Rome witnessed many atrocities of the Gestapo under the command of Colonel Herbert Kappler. Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest, was assigned to the Vatican under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Despite official Vatican neutrality and significant risk to his position within the church and personal safety, O’Flaherty organizes an enormous network of civilians to save Jewish refugees and Allied POWs from the Nazis.

Colonel Kappler discovers that O’Flaherty is giving shelter to Allied prisoners and orders a white line be drawn around the Vatican compound, later placing German guards along the perimeter and checking identification of those entering to try to stop the inflow of POW’s who O’Flaherty has been helping.

The film portrays the brutal tactics of the Gestapo who torture and execute a priest found to be actively assisting the resistance fighters. Kappler makes it his aim not only to stop O’Flaherty’s efforts, but also to have him assassinated.

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Giant Humans, Dinosaurs and Ancient Civilizations of Spain

Dinosaurs in Literature, Giants in Those Days, s8int.com, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, The Flood of Noah, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 06 2009

by Jorge Gasco de El Oráculo de Occidente Source: And Spanish Version of this Article Here

I want to thank my friend Jorge Gasco of El Oraculo de Occidente,for sending me the link to and for giving me permission to publish a version of his article concerning the topics listed in the title. While we here at s8int.com are largely chair bound, Jorge and his friends made like Indiana Jones and conducted some exciting archaeological work on their own.

This story as the title suggests combines a little bit of giant humans along with dinosaurs and mysterious ancient civilizations. It’s mostly told in photographs.

On a number of occasions I’ve been asked about giant humans vis a vis evolution and the Bible. I’ve said that evolution really doesn’t deal with giant “modern” humans but occassionally someone will offer that evolutionists do accept for instance Gigantopithecus (known by giant teeth, some say human, some think great ape)–which we also cover on this site.

Gigantopithecus aside evolution does not adequately explain why sometime in the past, humans, dogs, cats, cows, horses and dinsosaurs were of gigantic size. Certainly not if uniformism is also assumed with respect to the history of the earth.

But Jorge’s article puts the question to the fore once again; when could men have left a shoeprint–in granite (or at least in rock) corresponding to a man of a height of 13 feet!? If they were bare footprints, one could argue that they were from a great ape, though none of them should have been around when this rock was formed–or one could have argued that they were smudged dinosaur prints.

But they are shoeprints, of gigantic size, mixed in with the prints of three-toed dinosaurs. Did 13 foot men live millions of years ago–possibly more than a billion years ago? These findings only make sense if some or all of the following are true; 1)granite takes much less time to form than science says it does–in thousands of years not millions; dinosaurs and men lived at the same time; that there were giants in those days–before the flood–only a few thousand years ago….s8int.com

Giant Humans, Dinosaurs and Ancient Civilizations of Spain
by Jorge de El Oráculo de Occidente–All Photographs Copyright El Oráculo de Occidente, 2009
Translation by Chris Parker Using AltaVista Babelfish; Systran and 6 Years of High School Spanish

Some years ago, in 2004 to be exact, I went for the first time to visit a well-known place within the Valencian archaeological tourist circuit. It is the route of an aqueduct through almost 30 kilometers which meanders through various localities: Tuejar, Chelva, Streets, Domeño and Losa of the Bishop, all in the region of the Highlands, in the Province of Valencia.

It is made up of aqueducts (typically high arched), drains, and galleries cut into the rock of the mountains. Traditionally its construction is attributed to the Romans, but there are no actual facts or evidence to substantiate such claims.

The ancient texts mentions only that the construction pre-dates 1797, –that from the pen of insigne Antonio Josef Cabanilles, in his work “Observations on Natural History, Geography, Agriculture, Population and Fruits of the Kingdom of Valencia”.

After studying and writing on the subject I knew that there were previous references than Cabanilles’ about seeing everything pertaining to the region of the Highlands, province of Valencia.

Photo:The Remains of the Aqueduct

I’m not saying that the attribution of the construction of the works there to the Romans has no foundation in truth, just that there is nothing in the ancient texts to substantiate the claim.

One ancient source assumes the construction took place in the first century, a time of Roman domination but this attribution is also devoid of any actual evidence to support it, and thus it is mere speculation which follows the political line.

In the political line, it serves only to give all credit to the Romans, holding any notion that a prior civilization, higher in technology was responsible to be non-credible. It is as if in forgetting what we once were, we get rid once and for all of that cultural infection, tyrannical and alien of which the present system is built upon that frightens us.

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