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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:48 PM
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Tiny T. rex fossil discovery startles scientists
Source: CNN

(CNN) -- A pint-sized version of the Tyrannosaurus rex, with similarly powerful legs, razor-sharp teeth and tiny arms, roamed China some 125 million years ago, said scientists who remain startled by the discovery. The predator, nicknamed Raptorex, lived about 60 million years before the T. rex and was slightly larger than the human male, scientists said.

The findings, to be released Friday in the journal Science, are based on fossilized remains discovered in lake beds in northeastern China. They show a dinosaur with many of the specialized physical features of Tyrannosaurus rex at a fraction of its size.

"The most interesting and important thing about this new fossil is that It is completely unexpected," said Stephen Brusatte, co-author of the article, in a conference call with reporters.

"It's becoming harder and harder to find fossils like this that totally throw us for a curve," added Brusatte, a paleontologist with the American Museum of Natural History.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/09/17/tiny.t-rex.d...
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:50 PM
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1. FUNDIES HAVE THEIR PROOF THAN DINOSAURS AND MAN LIVED TOGETHER !!!!
Noah had a pet T-Rex.
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dhpgetsit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:14 PM
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8. Noah's rooster was getting frisky with a small gator.
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:14 PM
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12. I guess someone DID keep fucking that chicken...
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dhpgetsit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 10:56 PM
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35. Did you see the look on her face??
Priceless!

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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 01:26 AM
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18. Alley Oop. If you remember that, yer old. :)
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 10:26 AM
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37. So did Jesus...

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:52 PM
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2. GRRRR -- er -- grrrr. nt
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:54 PM
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3. Why are these animals always portrayed as being in such a foul mood?
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:57 PM
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4. Powerful legs, razor-sharp teeth, tiny arms and jammed for hours.


"What the hell do you mean 'NOT THAT T-REX'?"
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:43 AM
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20. I saw "T-Rex" ....
AKA Marc Bolan ....

I suppose that shows how old I am ....

He rocked hard .... A kinda spacy drone with catchy hooks ....

I am afraid to ask what happened to him ...
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:34 AM
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25. Killed in a car accident in 1977 (nt)
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:15 AM
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33. Oak tree on Putney Common I think
Edited on Fri Sep-18-09 08:16 AM by dipsydoodle
The in song at the time became Tie A Purple Mini Round the Old Oak Tree.

edit : changed colour to correct one ...lol.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:05 PM
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5. A kinder gentler T-Rex.
:headbang:
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:06 PM
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6. And they found itty bitty fossilized people carrying signs that say
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 09:06 PM by Lint Head
"Get a Bran Moran!"
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:42 PM
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10. Bran probably would have helped with the demeaner.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:12 PM
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7. They would have been even more startled by finding a full-size T Rex ...
alive. ;-)
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C_eh_N_eh_D_eh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:19 PM
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9. Aw, wookit de cute widdle death machine...
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:52 PM
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11. Pint-sized?
It'll still bit your head off. :scared:
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Rozlee Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:15 PM
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13. Oh, for crying out loud, that's not a Raptorex !
That's Ann Coulter when she's PMSing!
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:33 PM
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14. Interesting.
I like the name.

Look for it's appearance in future bad(good) sci-fi flicks.
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 06:28 AM
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30. I can see it now: "Raptor X -- The Nightmare Begins"
Starring Carrot Top as the friendly caveman who befriends the undersized thunder lizard (who never got to play in any Tyrannosaurus games). A heartwarming tale of a boy and his dinosaur, with Carrot Top as you've never seen him, offering love, advice, and lots of Wheaties, he nurtures "Raptor X" to grow up and become King of the Tyrannosaurs.

Who then promptly eats him. Much hilarity ensues.
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 11:43 AM
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34. Coming soon to SyFy!!! n/t
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:32 PM
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15. they are still living among us...
pea-sized brain, razor sharp teeth : glennoraptor beckii, limbaughsaurus rex...
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:54 PM
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16. Sounds like a rooster
they are pretty vicious!
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 06:08 AM
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28. Roosterex? Funny thing is, DNA analysis of T-Rex bones

Showed that the current animal that's most related to it is the chicken.
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ceveritt Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:10 AM
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17. tiny t-rex
They say it's a fraction of the size of a conventional Tyrannosaurus Rex. Not exactly. In weight, sure, but the bloody thing was still 9 FEET TALL.

One could come in handy, though, if it could be bred to have a taste for Republicans. ...
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Cobalt-60 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:37 AM
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19. We can't feed Little Rex toxic carrion!
We'll let rats eat the pukes.
Then whip the rats into a giant Shepherd's Pie!
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trusty elf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:45 AM
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21. The article says the dino was 9 feet tall and weighed about 143 pounds.
I find that hard to believe. Seems to me that would be one skinny T Rex!

It must not have been a very good hunter... :D
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:09 AM
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22. I assume you're kidding.
The time frame places this dinosaur as an ancestor of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Naturally it would not be identical.
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trusty elf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:40 AM
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23. Yeah, sure
I'm kidding about its not being a good hunter, but I don't get how it could be 9 feet tall and weigh only a little over 140 pounds.

It seems to me that something that big would have to weigh a lot more than that.

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:43 AM
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26. About the height and weight of an ostrich
"Ostriches usually weigh from 63 to 130 kilograms (140–290 lb)
...
The long neck and legs keeps their head at 1.8 to 2.75 metres above the ground"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostrich
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 07:56 AM
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32. Hey hey!!
Let's not bring republicans into this...

:rofl:
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 06:09 AM
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29. I think there's a typo there. nt
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scrinmaster Donating Member (563 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 10:07 AM
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36. Probably 9 feet long, including it's tail.
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:03 AM
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24. He was OK until he grew in size and
started voting Republican!
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:48 AM
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27. I thought
it was the offcuts from Synagogues that grew into Republicans. :shrug:
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 06:46 AM
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31. I'll have to go back and study that some more!
I read sharp teeth and predator and couldn't help but think of Ann Coulter.
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