Archive for June 2nd, 2009

Far-flung dinosaur? Similar tracks cue study
Paleontologists can’t find differences between tracks continents apart

Church of Darwin, Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 02 2009

Dinosaurs were supposed to have evolved. When a new feature evolves, it would be necessary for all the dinosaurs without the feature to die off–or for dinosaur and progeny with the new feature to become geographically isolated from the “parent” group–or else the new feature would simply become absorbed and dissipated within the population. Were the theory of evolution true, this occurrence (death or sudden geographic separation) would be needed for the evolution of all animals to have occurred.

With respect to dinosaurs, this is the main reason that the same dinosaur is given many different names, depending on where its fossils are found. Once the permanent separation of populations of dinosaurs occurred, they should have evolved along separate “lines”. Therefore, a demonstrably similar dinosaur on multiple continents is uncool. Evolutionists generally “solve” these problems with various forms of MANTOSH (Move Along, Nothing TO See Here ;0))…

By Mead Gruver, MSNBC
Forwarded by D.Edris

LARAMIE, Wyoming – It’s a Jurassic curiosity: As far as anyone can tell, the fossilized, three-toed dinosaur tracks in north-central Wyoming and on Scotland’s coast are indistinguishable.

Even after painstaking measurements and statistical analysis, University of Glasgow paleontologist Neil Clark can’t identify any differences between the two sets of 170 million-year-old tracks.

“The fact that the footprints in Wyoming and the ones in Scotland are so similar suggest that they may have been produced by a very similar kind of dinosaur, if not the same species,” he said during a recent phone interview from his home in Glasgow, Scotland.

If the same dinosaur species made the tracks, the discovery would be as earthshaking as a mighty apatosaurus. No one has ever been able to say for certain that the same dinosaur species was responsible for fossil tracks discovered at separate locations, much less thousands of miles apart.

Now, American scientists are preparing to scrutinize the tracks further. They will use three-dimensional mapping technology that is revolutionizing the study of dinosaur tracks — and promises to enable scientists to make detailed, intercontinental comparisons without leaving their offices.

“What we hope will eventually happen is that there will be this huge virtual archive that can be shared worldwide,” said Brent Breithaupt, a University of Wyoming paleontologist and head of the school’s Geological Museum. “Tracks can be looked at in three dimensions on computer screens and can be rotated around by various researchers — and can be compared.”

Breithaupt doubts the same dinosaur species made the Wyoming and Scotland tracks.

“The tracks are similar, that’s what we know,” Breithaupt said. “It more than likely indicates similar types of dinosaurs living at higher latitudes at some point in time.”

But he’s more than happy to make comparisons.

For one thing, precious little is known about dinosaurs from the Middle Jurassic epoch, when dinosaurs cemented what would be a very long reign on Earth — and when both sets of tracks were made. Scientists have documented very few fossil dinosaur bones from that epoch in North America, making the handful of track sites in the American West valuable for understanding it.

Also, Breithaupt has spent nearly a decade adapting photogrammetry — using photos to create maps and three-dimensional representations — to the study of dinosaur tracks. Now, he’s taking that work overseas.

Most of the tracks Clark examined from the two locations ranged from about an inch long to more than 8 inches, and he compared details such as the length of each toe and the angles between them. He believes the tracks were made by a type of two-legged, carnivorous dinosaur called a theropod.

One set is from the area of Red Gulch in arid north-central Wyoming, where it looks like a flock of Big Birds ran across freshly poured concrete. The others are near the shore of the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s west coast.

Wyoming and Scotland were much closer together in the Middle Jurassic, before continental drift opened up the Atlantic Ocean between what is now Europe and North America. Even so, the tracks were roughly 2,500 miles (4000 kilometers) apart when they were made — about the distance between New York and Los Angeles.

The Remainder of the story here

Expert: “Turtle” Rock Has Tool Marks

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 02 2009

Photo:Tanya and tyke wih animal heads. Click for larger version

Professional archeologists tend, it seems to lean toward nature when it comes to artifacts like “turtle” rock. So of course, this artifact was no doubt shaped by nature and time–but if it is man made, -its obviously a turtle. (And no ones saying it isn’t :0) ).

You can read more about the “turtle” at

By Sheila McLaughlin • Cincinnati.Com » May 29, 2009

Maybe there’s something to the Morrow turtle rock after all.

A local archeologist dismissed Dirk Morgan’s find as just an odd sandstone boulder probably shaped by nature.

But, Eric Law, a geologist and associate professor at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, said he’s pretty confident someone carved the rock that resembles the head of a turtle.

How did he come to that conclusion after examining the figure for two hours Wednesday?

“The most significant (feature) is something I interpreted as tool marks…They are shown at a well-protected location and are not easily destroyed by weathering or erosion processes,” Law said Friday.

Simply put, he looked far back into the mouth.

• In April, an archaeologist was skeptical.

Law’s conclusion is exciting news for Morgan, who unearthed the rock in his yard near the Little Miami River in April.

“We now know what we have is an artifact without a doubt…a relic,” he said.

Morgan, who runs a canoe livery, is convinced that the 220-pound rock was left behind by American Indians who once inhabited the area.

But, Law can’t say when the tool marks were made or by whom. That’s for an archeologist to figure out, he said.

His job, as a geologist and specialist in petrology – the branch of science that deals with the composition of rocks — was to find evidence that the rock was altered by something other than nature.

Whatever the case, Morgan’s find has sparked curiosity among professionals and amateurs who study rocks.

Law said he may present a paper on the turtle rock in October at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon.

“This thing is just so damn big and obvious. You look at it and immediately it says ‘animal head,’” said Alan Day, a retired engineering consultant in Cambridge, Ohio, who considers himself an amateur archeologist.

Day spends much of his retirement studying the many artifacts he’s found on his hilltop property since 1987.

He has featured information about Morgan’s turtle rock on his Web site, Day said he has heard from people all over the United States and Europe who have found similar but smaller artifacts.

“The bottom line is that people thousands of years ago were constantly carving very simple images into rocks,” Day said.

Boy Chosen by Dalai Lama Turns Back on Buddhist Order

Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 02 2009

As a toddler, he was put on a throne and worshipped by monks who treated him like a god. But the boy chosen by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader has caused consternation – and some embarrassment – for Tibetan Buddhists by turning his back on the order that had such high hopes for him.

Instead of leading a monastic life, Osel Hita Torres now sports baggy trousers and long hair, and is more likely to quote Jimi Hendrix than Buddha.

Yesterday he bemoaned the misery of a youth deprived of television, football and girls. Movies were also forbidden – except for a sanctioned screening of The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy, about a kidnapped child lama with magical powers. “I never felt like that boy,” he said.

He is now studying film in Madrid and has denounced the Buddhist order that elevated him to guru status. “They took me away from my family and stuck me in a medieval situation in which I suffered a great deal,” said Torres, 24, describing how he was whisked from obscurity in Granada to a monastery in southern India. “It was like living a lie,” he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

Despite his rebelliousness, he is still known as Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche and revered by the Buddhist community. A prayer for his “long life” still adorns the website of the Foundation to Preserve the Mahayana Tradition, which has 130 centres around the world. The website features a biography of the renegade guru that gushes about his peaceful, meditative countenance as a baby.

In Tibetan Buddhism, a lama is one of a lineage of reincarnated spiritual leaders, the most famous of which is the Dalai Lama.

According to the foundation biography, another leader suspected Torres was the reincarnation of the recently deceased Lama Yeshe when he was only five months old. In 1986, at 14 months, his parents took him to see the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The toddler was chosen out of nine other candidates and eventually “enthroned”.

At six, he was allowed to socialise only with other reincarnated souls – though for a time he said he lived next to the actor Richard Gere’s cabin.

By 18, he had never seen couples kiss. His first disco experience was a shock. “I was amazed to watch everyone dance. What were all those people doing, bouncing, stuck to one another, enclosed in a box full of smoke?”