Thursday, October 05, 2006

Like dinosaurs?

plesiosaur

When I was a kid I used to love dinosaurs. I suspect many boy-kids do. My 11-year-old nephew does today.

At some point I suppose my interest changed from being active and became something a little more passive, so now, while I rarely go out of my way to read about dinosaurs or watch any of those frankly dodgy Walking With... type shows, I do love stumbling upon a piece of dino news.

So how about this? Norwegian scientists have found what they are describing as a "treasure trove" of fossils from prehistoric sea monsters (you know, the kind of thing that devout Christians would have us believe never existed...)

Of the island where the remains were found, one of the group says: "You can't walk for more than 100 metres [330 ft] without finding a skeleton. That's amazing anywhere in the world." How cool is that?

He added: "Everything we're finding is articulated. It's not single bones here and there, and bits and pieces - these are complete skeletons."

According to the BBC News story, "the researchers even found evidence of an attack on one of the creatures. An ichthyosaur tooth is embedded in a neck vertebra from one plesiosaur belonging to the genus Kimmerosaurus."

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing pictures of this lot.

11 Comments:

Blogger Suze said...

As a kid I liked dinosaurs too. I had lots of books about them.

This find is amazing, I can't wait to see what else turns up.

05 October, 2006 11:16  
Blogger Tanya said...

Yeah. I always wondered, growing up in a Christian household how the dinosaurs got here. I imagined aliens must have dumped them considering God could not have possible made them himself.

05 October, 2006 11:57  
Blogger Adam said...

Oh My God! This is the most AWESOME thing I've read in a long time - I love dinosaurs and thus prehistoric monsters are at the top of my list.

Keep us posted on this - don't have time right now cuz I gotta go to work, but I'll post an interesting story about christians and dinosaurs haha

05 October, 2006 13:52  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

just wanted to say... i'm a devout Christian... and i know that dinosaurs existed (notice i said know... not believe)

you must have very bad experiences with Christians hate them/us so & automatically assume we all believe insane things and don't believe in facts... i think it's ridiculous to claim you have to believe one way or the other. the Bible doesn't discount the existence of dinosaurs, or even of evolution on a certain scale. the "creation story" (as most intelligent Biblical scholars will tell you) was never meant as a history lesson. it was a song... stories back then weren't written, they were passed down verbally, so important stories were told beautifully, poetically, so that people could remember them.

the point was never that God created the Earth in 7 days... exactly in the order it says He created it... etc... but that He created it... so the only thing you could say that a Christian who's studied his/her Biblical history (i.e. me, to a certain extent), is that the world just happened... and THAT, i'm never gonna give you

:)

05 October, 2006 22:33  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

and i hope that didn't sound like i'm offended or angry or something... 'cause i hate that, too.

i hate that Christians always get so offended... and that people automatically assume we're going to get offended. it would take a lot for you to offend me... we're blogland friends :)

05 October, 2006 22:34  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

curses! got ahead of myself and didn't check what i posted before i posted it...

that last part was supposed the say "the only thing you could say that a studied Christian would outright disagree with is that the world just happened..."

sorry... i hate when i make mistakes... totally rips up any validity my argument might have :)

05 October, 2006 22:36  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

This is a fantastic find isn't it...oh dinosaurs are so cool. I loved the Jurassic Park movies so much, although the first time I saw the first one(seen em dozens of times now) I started to feel so frightened I wanted to leave the theatre, I had tears in my eyes...I was coninced Speilberg really had cloned them!

Have you ever read "Wonderful Life" by Stephen Jay Gould? Awesome account of the history of studying Burgess Shale fossils...

05 October, 2006 23:24  
Blogger Adam said...

I know a girl who flat-out doesn't believe dinosaurs ever existed... I mean, forget about the fossils - it's all a hoax to her, ha.

Anyway, I'm so excited about this news.

06 October, 2006 00:57  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

It's cool to see some dino interest in the girls here too.

Martha: I'm not offended! And I was generalizing, of course, but there are some crazy creationists out there who simply won't accept that dinosaurs existed, no? Reminds me of the Bill Hicks gag where he gets to heaven and before being let in he's asked if he believes in dinos. Yes, he replies, and is promptly thrown into the pits of hell, all the way down shouting, "But they seemed so feasible...."

06 October, 2006 11:02  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

hahaha... yeah, you're right. there are definitely some wacky Christians out there. i didn't mean to presume you think that of all Christians.

i strongly dislike a lot of Christians... so, i think we actually have that in common... :)

06 October, 2006 18:31  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

It's not that I strongly dislike a lot of Christians. I just don't understand those Christians that want to force their views upon you. I used to work with a young woman who told me that her priest/vicar/whatever had told her that there was scientific proof that God existed. I said, No, there isn't. She said there is, because this priest told her so. I said, If there was scientific proof, don't you think it would have been in the papers by now? Silence...

08 October, 2006 12:19  

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