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February 24, 2006


Jurassic Beaver


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Leave it to Castorocauda lutrasimilis.

Did it eat snot?

i expected a pic of cher

I'm not touchin' this one.

So is this a good name for a rock band, or a porn movie?

"Roughly the size of a small, female platypus"

I'm glad they related it to something we're all familiar with

Paleogynecology. Who knew?

Oh...and 'shame on you' and a big ol' *SNORK* to Cyn:)

Phyllis Diller, ladies and gentleman!

Either you're interested in paleontology, or you did the whole link just so you could say "[X] Beaver".

I started the wikipedia article on casterocauda yesterday...but it never occurred to me that it might be of interest here.

Silly me.


Words of the Sentient:

Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? --Jules Feiffer

does Jurassic beaver gnaw on petrified wood?

(yes, there are about five words in there i could have put 'quotes' around for 'humorous' 'effect', 'insert' them according to 'taste'...)

I am amazed at the quality of picture produced by Jurrasic Cameras

"impressions of soft tissue and fur,..."

i can't believe i come late to the party and none of you guys has ventured a comment on that line. my opinions of you all must be reassesed.

*snorks* to all y'all!
I submitted this yesterday from Nature where I found it when I googled "beaver"...just kidding! My first reaction when spotting this thread was that I didn't get credit. Then I saw Dave found it in Scientific American, probably even before my submission.
My other reaction was to the original headline which could lead the unwary to believe women preceded men on the planet, since a beaver specimen was found in the Jurassic.
Old Timer to Tenderfoot: "You ever eat any beaver?"
Tenderfoot: "Nossir."
Old Timer: "Well, you're young yet."

Huh. I thought the hairy beaver died out in the '70s. Learn something new every day.

For crossgirl: beavers with soft tissue and fur - they're the best kind.

Oh, and *SNORK* at cyn.

"Gee, Ward, you were sure rough on the Castorocauda lutrasimilis last night..."

for the record, this was sent in by many alert readers, but the first one was xmnr.

p.s. craig ferguson on this issue was WAY too funny in his monologue last night. of course he always is, but ... i dunno, there's something about when he's being very naughty and pretending WE're the only ones who see it that makes me laugh alot. :)

And this was the missing element in Spielberg's Jurassic Park. I mean, huge dinosaurs and 1 lb. platypus like mammals would have been a killer combo.

LOL. I went to verify that JP was in fact a Spielberg movie and IMDB claims that a Jurassic Park IV will be out in 2007. So there is hope to right this wrong. So wait for it: Furry ankle biters with large paddle-like tails coming soon to a theater near you!

For those of you who didn't watch the excellent Australian film Dot and the Kangaroo over and over when you were a child (Betsy), this is a platypus.

Ok, here's some jurassic beaver...

or this one

"Nice jurassic beaver!"

"Thanks, I just had it fossilized."

OMG! Dot and the Kangaroo! I forgot about that movie. *off to find it at Amazon, if I can*

Shannon~ It's there.

"Can't abide snakes. Never had any time for snakes. They're not gentlemen! It's not good manners to go around biting people."

Watch out for The Bunyip.

Forbidden? (TZCK's first link) WTDD?

After a day like this one, I'm not in the mood for "forbidden" ...

Take your "forbidden" and stick it up Jurassic!

The paleobiologists sit around in the lab drinking vodka out of beakers. Then they say:
"what did we discover today? We won't get our checks until we show something to the boss."
Then they create these things.They call in an art school student.Then they take two old bones and put them in a mud bath.Then they put the mudbath and bones in a kiln,and bake them. Thrwo them in a pond.Then they break open the baked bones while they are filming themselves sitting around the pond.

While this Jurassic critter is interesting, it is hardly the largest of beavers. Casteroides was a Pleistocene beaver the size of a small (500 lb) bear. Whence came this mother of all beavers? Ohio, (the "Giant Prehistoric Rodent" state), my home. Here are some pictures: http://www.boneclones.com/images/BC_071A.jpg and

Bumble...Thanks for the link:) Actually I do know what a platypus looks like, in general, but I don't have a good sense of how large a "small female" is.
As for "Dot and the Kangaroo"...it came out in 1977, when I was no longer, technically speaking, a "child" (if, by "child", you mean "under the age of 35.:) Alas...

*hands Betsy a Lifetime Geezer Bus Pass*


(welcome to the club!)

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