Mini T-Rex discovered

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Erector, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Erector

    Erector I ruined the Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 1, 2007
    Posts:
    11,051
    News Credits:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    257
    Likes:
    +22
  2. trump

    trump WWBD?

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2007
    Posts:
    984
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Likes:
    +0
    I'd hit it.:p 
     
  3. Ace Convoy

    Ace Convoy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Posts:
    6,830
    News Credits:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    192
    Location:
    Central Virgina
    Likes:
    +14
    Ebay:
    oh look................it's Barney,with a mullet
     
  4. Lock Cade

    Lock Cade Tarn Fangirl TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Posts:
    27,079
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Location:
    Michigan
    Likes:
    +263
    Interesting how all these new dinosaur discoveries changes everything we know about the dinosaurs.
     
  5. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Posts:
    8,872
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +78
    it's a shame when important finds like this come from the black market.
     
  6. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2005
    Posts:
    1,445
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +0
    Facebook:
    Twitter:
    Google+:
    The problem is the use of the word "know" is these situations. (not by you, but in general) We "know" very little about dinos, actually, but we suspect and speculate and theorize a lot. People accept these theories and thoughts and ideas as "knowledge" and "facts" and it causes no end of trouble for intelligent discussion and common sense. *sigh*
     
  7. Dran0n

    Dran0n Junk male

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Posts:
    13,314
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    217
    Location:
    Cygnus X-1 (ya bish)
    Likes:
    +16
    Can I ride it?
     
  8. Darkravager

    Darkravager Zombie Hunter

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2004
    Posts:
    6,293
    Trophy Points:
    211
    Likes:
    +1
    Hmm. That certainly is an interesting article. I'm not at all surprised that it would upset many ideas of dino evolution.
     
  9. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Posts:
    8,872
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +78
    This isn't some speculative theory, it's a fossil skeleton that represents a new genus of dinosaur.

    What I find more interesting is how finds are presented as something new and unique, when in fact they aren't.

    We already know of older, smaller tyrannosaurs, like Guanlong. There's also the tyrannosaur Dilong, which is from the same formation as this new find, and of similar size.
     
  10. yodafett

    yodafett Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2005
    Posts:
    1,445
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +0
    Facebook:
    Twitter:
    Google+:
    Sorry, I was referring to it "turning everything we know upside down!!!!", because it turned what somepeople, not everyone, thought, not knew, upside down. In general, just the misrepresentation of evidence and what it really means as opposed to what some say or think it means.

    Yes, this discovery is cool, and does flip some things upside down. But nothing KNOWN was flipped, just things assumed and speculated, that's what I was trying to say.
     
  11. Darkwing48

    Darkwing48 Heroic Decepticon

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2007
    Posts:
    1,835
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Likes:
    +3
    I agree with you. For all we know, this could be a deformed dino. You never know unless one saw it alive or found multiple evidence.

    "ZMOG, I discovered a two head goat, and a 3 legged human. It must be a new species."
     
  12. ORIO

    ORIO Plant-Based Bot Super Mod News Staff

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2002
    Posts:
    20,141
    News Credits:
    36
    Trophy Points:
    392
    Likes:
    +120
    Ebay:
    Neat
     
  13. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2004
    Posts:
    24,214
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    367
    Likes:
    +1,083
    I assume they can tell its not immature due to the relative proportions of the body parts, such as the feet and skull? Or does that only work with mammals?

    Furthermore, what are the odds that it is a subspecies of T-rex, selectively adapted to its environment, like (and this is a poor example) Pygmies in Africa? Or would that count as a different species when dealing with dinosaurs anyway?
     
  14. Optimus1986

    Optimus1986 TMNT & Hulk Fanatic

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Posts:
    3,918
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +0
    Considering how often scientists change their minds, T-Rex may have wings in ten years.
     
  15. rattrap007

    rattrap007 one with the Force TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2002
    Posts:
    15,498
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    417
    Location:
    Evansville, IN
    Likes:
    +481
    What if this is just a regular T-Rex that was a midget?
     
  16. firehawc_69

    firehawc_69 cloppers = ignore list

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Posts:
    10,629
    News Credits:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    217
    Likes:
    +16
    Maybe we can reverse engineer a midget and get a chicken!
     
  17. llamatron

    llamatron OFFICIAL MMC REP TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2002
    Posts:
    9,037
    News Credits:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    347
    Likes:
    +184
    If credible evidence is discovered then yes!
     
  18. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Posts:
    8,872
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +78
    Well there is a 60 million year gap between this and Tyrannosaurus rex. There are various other Tyrannosaur genera that occur in that time span, such as Gorgosaurus and Alioramus. You'd need a lot of good evidence before you could assign something like this to the genus Tyrannosaurus. For now there's only one recognised species of Tyrannosaurus - T.rex.
     
  19. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2004
    Posts:
    24,214
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    367
    Likes:
    +1,083
    Yeah, I guess a giant span of time between the life of the two dinosaurs is a good way to tell, as well.

    Other than size, what other physiological differences between these two "Tyranosaurs"? I can't see anything major, except possibly the skull shape.
     
  20. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Posts:
    8,872
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +78
    Pretty much. They all have the same basic body plan. Mostly the differences are subtle things in the bones, but a few have distinguishing features.

    Gorgosaurus is one of the better known tyrannosaurs, and has distinctive horns in front of eye sockets. T.rex has the same bone, but in Gorgosaurus, it's a little more squared off and pointed.

    I've seen skulls from small monkeys that look very similar to human skulls. But the more familiar you are with the bones, the more obvious the differences become.
     

Share This Page