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Posted - 01/13/2007 :  04:15:46  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
I read about these some years back, but the article wasn't all that definitive. Now, new and better fossils are being found and more is known about them.

This group of dinosaurs evolved from swift predators into lazy herbivores.
The revision will show the above image of Therizinosaurus cheloniformis.

Therizinosaurs are the strangest dinosaurs ever discovered. These are incredibly weird animals that baffled paleontologists for many years. The first record of their existence was the 1948 discovery of giant 3-foot long claws that certainly did not below to any known species. Maleev thought they may have come from an otherwise unknown giant chelonian (turtle). In 1954, he named it Therizinosaurus cheloniformis.
Around ten years later another giant Therizinosaur claw was found, but this time along with other fossils, including a tooth, parts of the front and rear limbs and even a four-toed foot. The forelimbs had all the characteristics of the fierce meat-eating theropods, such as tyrannosaurs and velociraptors, but they were much longer than any known species.

I wonder if the good Rev. Ham has these represented in his soon-to-open Cincinatti Side Show. Probably not; I mean, what could God have been thinking?

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Posted - 01/13/2007 :  05:38:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Funny, I stumbled onto those beasts when reading about a week ago. Fascinating. They are to the theropods as hippies are to Vikings.

But I happen to know they weren't all that weird. They weren't a silly pink -- they had green feathers.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 01/13/2007 :  14:05:42   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
Thorazine-o-saurus was lazy git? Who would have thunk?

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Edited by - Dr. Mabuse on 01/13/2007 14:07:04
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Posted - 01/13/2007 :  14:05:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Neurosis an AOL message Send Neurosis a Private Message
Originally posted by HalfMooner

Funny, I stumbled onto those beasts when reading about a week ago. Fascinating. They are to the theropods as hippies are to Vikings.

But I happen to know they weren't all that weird. They weren't a silly pink -- they had green feathers.

Are you arguing with the artist rendering Half? That is a cardinal sin. Those guys work hard to instil a visual image in your head! The nerve.

Facts! Pssh, you can prove anything even remotely true with facts.
- Homer Simpson

[God] is an infinite nothing from nowhere with less power over our universe than the secretary of agriculture.
- Prof. Frink

Lisa: Yes, but wouldn't you rather know the truth than to delude yourself for happiness?
Marge: Well... um.... [goes outside to jump on tampoline with Homer.]
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