Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 02:16 pm
I just heard this woman interviewed on CBC, and she stated that she had forgotten to top off the gas tank on her buggy, so she and a colleague were waiting while someone went back to camp for more gas. She was just scuffing the dirt with her boot, when . . .

Fossil found in Arctic reveals ancient freshwater relations of seal.

Kinda recalls to me the Isaac Asimov quote:

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'
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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 02:50 pm
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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 03:17 pm
What's really cool about it is that she seems to have literally just stumbled upon it. That's the kind of thing that makes science fun.
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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 03:19 pm
It's that Otter thing again. Cool Smile
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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 03:50 pm
ha! who needs a shovel?

I've got perfectly good scuffing boots.

Awesome story.
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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 04:39 pm
set :

next time you are down by lake ontario , you might want do some kicking .
there seem to plenty of fossils down there - just keep kicking .


from the article :
Catastrophic Flood Dynamic Database
Great Lakes Region
Silt and clay deposits in the area of ancient Lake Champlain, in eastern Ontario and New York, show former flooding, when the land was submerged. Crustal movements are indicated by ancient shorelines around the lake. The shorelines on the northern side of the St. Lawrence are considerably higher than those on the southern side. Fossil whales and other marine fossils in the sediments indicate a former connection to the sea.
A.P. Coleman mentioned a whale (Megaptera longimana) found 420 feet above the sea in a gravel pit near Smith’s Falls, Ontario [Coleman, 1941, p. 94]. Also “the skull of a full-grown seal under a bouldery deposit at Finch ... showing typical marine conditions three hundred miles above the open Gulf of the St. Lawrence” [Coleman, 1941, p. 95].

Reference: A.P. Coleman, 1941. The Last Million Years, U. of Toronto Press.

Fossil whale and walrus bones and teeth in Michigan point to the effects of a flood, when the interior of the continent was submerged beneath the sea. How could whales swim up rivers so far inland?

let us know when you've "kicked up" a whale .
Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 06:14 pm
I love the Miocene. If I had a favorite geologic epoch, it would be the Miocene. So much **** happened and so many modern forms were scumbling their way to massive sizes. (You can keep yer ages of dinosaurs) give me the Tertiary and the Miocene in particular. Little celebrated bolides whacked into the planet in Germany and the Chesapeake Bay that caused a mass extinction that is always passed over in the awards programs. The Rift Valley got going in earnest then, India was lining up on Asia, the rockies went through a test "birth" and the sea mammals were also evolving away into their present forms . Somethin for everybody, I say.

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