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Psychokenesis

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Associated Press Dinosaur Found With Vacuum-Cleaner Mouth By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID 11.15.07, 12:34 PM ET Popular Videos Cruise's Comeback: More Lamb than Lion The Prince's Plane $25,000 Dessert Nintendo's Power-Up Adventurer: Indy 500 Legend Lyn St. James Most Popular Stories Most Value-Packed Cars America's Youngest And Oldest Billionaires Businesses You Can Start Tomorrow Five Nest Egg Investor Buys 10 Jaw-Dropping HDTVs for Cheap WASHINGTON - Perhaps it was one of those eureka moments, when the scientists realized they had discovered a new dinosaur with mouth parts designed to vacuum up food. The 110 million-year-old plant eater, discovered in the Sahara Desert, was to be unveiled Thursday by the National Geographic Society. Discoverer Paul Sereno named the elephant-sized animal Nigersaurus taqueti, an acknowledgment of the African country Niger and a French paleontologist, Philippe Taquet. Sereno, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and paleontologist at the University of Chicago, said the first evidence of Nigersaurus was found in the 1990s and now researchers have been able to reconstruct its skull and skeleton. While Nigersaurus' mouth is shaped like the wide intake slot of a vacuum, it has something lacking in most cleaners - hundreds of tiny, sharp teeth to grind up its food. The 30-foot-long Nigersaurus had a feather-light skull held close to the ground to graze like an ancient cow. Sereno described it as a younger cousin of the North American dinosaur Diplodicus. Its broad muzzle contained more than 50 columns of teeth lined up tightly along the front edge of tis jaw. Behind each tooth more were lined up as replacements when one broke off. Using CT scans the researchers were able study the inside of the animal's skull where the orientation of canals in the organ that helps keep balance disclosed the habitual low pose of the head, they reported. Nigersaurus also had a backbone consisting of more air than bone. "The vertebrae are so paper-thin that it is difficult to imagine them coping with the stresses of everyday use - but we know they did it, and they did it well," Jeffrey Wilson, assistant professor at the University of Michigan and an expedition team member, said in a statement. The dinosaur's anatomy and lifestyle were to be detailed in the Nov. 21 issue of journal PLoS ONE, the online journal from the Public Library of Science, and in the December of National Geographic magazine. The first bones of Nigersaurus were picked up in the 1950s by French paleontologists, but the species was not named at that time. Sereno and his team honored this early work by naming the species after Taquet. The research was partly funded by National Geographic. Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed

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Now I...SaQ am a fun loving kind of person and I happen to love Dinosaurs... But um....Nigersaurous?....What on Earth was he thinking?

Okay the dedication to the African scientist was...thoughtful if it was well meaning but this has to be a case being far to diconnected from society. This is de




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#2 11 years ago

Wow. I love dinosaurs, so obviously I'm quite excited they've discovered a new species, but the name? Nigersaurus doesn't seem right. Most other dinosaurs are named after physical attributes, so why have they gone out with Niger on this one?




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#3 11 years ago

made me giggle




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#4 11 years ago

Saquist;4036566Now I...SaQ am a fun loving kind of person and I happen to love Dinosaurs... But um....Nigersaurous?....What on Earth was he thinking?

Okay the dedication to the African scientist was...thoughtful if it was well meaning but this has to be a case being far to diconnected from society. This is de

I suppose the dinosaur Nigersaurus was named after the geographical origin of the fossil, the Republic of Niger (not to be confused with its neighbouring African country, the [COLOR=black]Federal Republic of Nigeria[/COLOR]).

Of course, it is no coincidence that the Latin word "niger" means black and that many people from this sub-Saharan region (formerly known as "negroes" or "nig*ers") had been enslaved in the past centuries.

Nevertheless, I doubt that the name of the dinosaur was chosen because of the skin color or the origin of the scientist who discovered the fossil...

EDIT: The article above also mentions it:

Discoverer Paul Sereno named the elephant-sized animal Nigersaurus taqueti, an acknowledgment of the African country Niger and a French paleontologist, Philippe Taquet.



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#5 11 years ago

I don't see anything wrong with the name. Mephistopheles brings up some good points


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#6 11 years ago
made me giggle

:rolleyes:

There's nothing wrong with it. But, hopefully, we won't have Al Sharpton jumping all over this one.




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#7 11 years ago

That's exactly what I'm talking about...This bound to be abused. Why would anyone with any handle on world events...Jena 6 and all would pick THIS...this of all monkiers and labels to fasten to ancient and extinct animal?

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That's exactly what I'm talking about...This bound to be abused. Why would anyone with any handle on world events...Jena 6 and all would pick THIS...this of all monkiers and labels to fasten to ancient and extinct animal?

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Wait, what? People over in Africa aren't thinking about Al Sharpton and his lackies when they're doing real science. Why should they?




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#9 11 years ago

I wouldn't say that for a certainty. I can say that the people in Africa are just as aware as americans as to the impact of rascism. It's not just about America.

Rascism is still around and very often certain communities act as though they're not.




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#10 11 years ago
Wait, what? People over in Africa aren't thinking about Al Sharpton and his lackies when they're doing real science. Why should they?

They shouldn't be. But neither should they have named the dinosaur nigersaurus, and not after any distinctive physiological attributes this dinosaur may have had.