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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Rubber dinosaur 03 by watz from flickr (CC-NC-SA)
I'm not talking about Fortran, I'm talking about the actual reptiles here. Or protobirds. For as long as I can remember I believed that fossilized bones are just a poor substitute for real genetic information and people use it only because dinosaurs happened to die out without living too many descendant lines. But having seen this BBC documentary I was shocked how much behavioral information they could get from just a bunch of bones plus some experimentation. In addition to scientific value it's simply awesome. Links: part 1, part 2.

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