No Dinosaur Dance Floor in Arizona?

Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 12:47 pm
Though we had a thread about dinosaurs in search of polygamy, obviously based on the University of Utah's press release about having found a dinosaur dance floor, the very same university had some doubts abozt their own findings, just a week later:

Palaeontologists doubt 'dinosaur dance floor':

Nov. 7, 2008 " A group of paleontologists visited the northern Arizona wilderness site nicknamed a “dinosaur dance floor” and concluded there were no dinosaur tracks there, only a dense collection of unusual potholes eroded in the sandstone.

So the scientist who leads the University of Utah’s geology department says she will team up with the skeptics for a follow-up study.

“Science is an evolving process where we seek the truth,” says Marjorie Chan, professor and chair of geology and geophysics, and co-author of a recent study that concluded the pockmarked, three-quarter-acre site in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument was a 190-million-year-old dinosaur “trample surface”.

“We went through the proper scientific process of careful study, comparisons with other published works and peer review” of the study by independent scientists, Chan adds. “We gave the project considerable critical thought and came up with a different interpretation than the paleontologists, but we are open to dialogue and look forward to collaborating to resolve the controversy.”

On Oct. 30 " more than a week after the Utah study was publicized worldwide " four scientists hiked to the remote wilderness-area site: paleontologist Brent Breithaupt, director and curator of the University of Wyoming’s Geological Museum; U.S. Bureau of Land Management paleontologist Alan Titus and geologist Rody Cox; and paleontologist Andrew Milner of the St. George (Utah) Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm.

They saw dinosaur tracks en route, but none in the pockmarked “dance floor.”

“There simply are no tracks or real track-like features at this site,” Breithaupt says. “We will be investigating the formation of these features in the upcoming study. Science works best when scientists work together.”

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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 12:54 pm
can you say OOPS?

Hardly a worldshaking find , they could have waited before publishing. Paleo seems to be on a 24 hour news cycle also, embarrasing when **** like this happens.

Publish in haste, repent in leisure
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Green Witch
Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 12:55 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter, I think if you check the second book Genesis you will find a specific reference to the creation of a dinosaur disco. Therefore, it must be true.
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Mr Stillwater
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 02:53 am
Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom
Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom

It was a night like this forty million years ago
I lit a cigarette, picked up a monkey skull to go
The sun was spitting fire, the sky was blue as ice
I felt a little tired, so I watched Miami Vice
And walked the dinosaur, I walked the dinosaur

Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur

Great, now I am gonna have this song in my head till Wednesday....
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