Saturday, January 30, 2010

Technicolor Dinosaurs are All the Rage!

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol, working with Chinese colleagues, has analyzed impressions of melanosomes (color bearing organelles) in a fossil of "feathered" dinosaur Sinosauropteryx, and have determined that it most likely had an orange-and-white striped tail. If only the original discoverers of Sinosauropteryx had known this, they could have named the animal Creamsiclesaurus or Coatisaurus. My joy is only tempered by some... uh... misgivings should it be discovered that Tyrannosaurus had a green-and-purple color scheme.

As a corollary, science is fun, the researchers who decided to use a scanning electron microscope to seek out impressions of microscopic organelles are not only brilliant, but they are cool. Could the boring trolls at the Discovery Institute, with their bogus claims of "irreducible complexity" and their "teach the controversy" lawsuits, ever hope to match real scientists?

Edit: Looking at the post, I should have named it, "The Golden Age of Orange Dinosaurs", but I don't want to change a post title so precipitously.


Johnny Pez said...

Ha! You secular humanists with your "evolution" and your "science" fail to understand the truly sublime sublimity of God's Creation. That was no dinosaur, that was an angel!

With orange-and-white tail feathers.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Orange Creamsicle.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I don't want to change a post title so precipitously

yes you do.

Hey! Over at S,N, you said you spent your Saturday teaching small children to fight. Me Too! what are you teaching? I was doing taekwondo.

Johnny Pez said...

Or alternatively, orange-and-white may have been the highest level of the dinosaurs' Extinction Event Alert System.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Me Too! what are you teaching? I was doing taekwondo.


Or alternatively, orange-and-white may have been the highest level of the dinosaurs' Extinction Event Alert System.

Nice one, JP! Maybe Sinosauropteryx could be called "trafficconesaurus".

Substance McGravitas said...

News out of Utah: dinosaur farts powered by cold fusion.

Science IS cool!

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