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ewilloughby:

alphynix:

What was 11 meters (36ft) long, had a sail on its back, and had arms bigger than an adult human?
Deinocheirus mirificus!
Yep, the big paleo news this weekend was the official announcement of some new fossil material for this particular dinosaur.
Deinocheirus (“terrible hand”) came from the Late Cretaceous of the Gobi desert, about 70 million years ago. Originally discovered in 1965, the only bones known were a set of enormous arms and a few scattered ribs and vertebrae. It was a long-standing mystery for paleontologists. Was it a megalosaur? A carnosaur? Some new type of theropod altogether? A predator or a herbivore?
Some more recent studies suggested it might be an ornithomimosaur, albeit a fairly primitive one based on the arm anatomy. With the two new specimens that have been found, we’ve now got confirmation of that placement — Deinocheirus really was an enormous “ostrich mimic”, the largest known for that group.
And it had a sail-back.
I don’t think anybody was expecting that.

Probably my favorite Deinocheirus yet!

ewilloughby:

alphynix:

What was 11 meters (36ft) long, had a sail on its back, and had arms bigger than an adult human?

Deinocheirus mirificus!

Yep, the big paleo news this weekend was the official announcement of some new fossil material for this particular dinosaur.

Deinocheirus (“terrible hand”) came from the Late Cretaceous of the Gobi desert, about 70 million years ago. Originally discovered in 1965, the only bones known were a set of enormous arms and a few scattered ribs and vertebrae. It was a long-standing mystery for paleontologists. Was it a megalosaur? A carnosaur? Some new type of theropod altogether? A predator or a herbivore?

Some more recent studies suggested it might be an ornithomimosaur, albeit a fairly primitive one based on the arm anatomy. With the two new specimens that have been found, we’ve now got confirmation of that placement — Deinocheirus really was an enormous “ostrich mimic”, the largest known for that group.

And it had a sail-back.

I don’t think anybody was expecting that.

Probably my favorite Deinocheirus yet!

(via fuckyeahdinoart)

Winnie the pooh is a professional asshole

thinksquad:

Iceland’s citizens were given a chance to help forge a new constitution for their country through Facebook and Twitter, so it’s not surprising that they backed the resulting draft. Now it’s over to the politicians.
Here’s a quick run-down of the background to all this. Iceland’s banking system collapsed right at the start of the financial crisis, taking the country’s government with it. The new leadership decided to go the open route, not least because secretive dealings were largely to blame for the banking fiasco.

There were two technologically interesting spinoffs of this situation. One was the creation of the Modern Media Initiative (now the International Modern Media Institute), a Wikileaks-inspired free speech drive – the idea here is to turn Iceland into an haven for free speech by inviting media organizations from around the world to host their sites in Iceland’s green data centers and enjoy the country’s strong new protections for whistleblowers and the like.

The other was the constitutional crowdsourcing. Iceland’s old constitution was based on that of former master Denmark and was seen as out-of-date, so 25 citizens were brought into into a Constitutional Council to help create a new one. The council took the ideas raised online by their fellow citizens and delivered the resulting draft in July last year. It took a while to ask the voting public at large what it thought of the result, but Iceland now has its answer to that question.

http://gigaom.com/2012/10/22/icelanders-approve-their-crowdsourced-constitution/