An all encompassing definition of life?

Random thought: Life could be defined as a self-perpetuating system of data storage and assimilation.


Once a nerd always a nerd

I was searching for a certain comic book panel of the Marvel super-villain, Sauron to use in a later blog post when I came across the gold nugget seen below. I’d always assumed the character was called “Sauron” in reference to being a reptile, but what this tells us is actually way more awesome; I abosutely love how this illustrates he was a nerd before being turned into a bat-shit crazy mutant pterosaur, and as a bat-shit crazy mutant pterosaur, he’s still a nerd.


The Doom Chicken and a World Record

I’ve been to Dallas Fort Worth International airport often, and frequently passed in front of the giant furcula statue installed in terminal D. Today, while dropping someone off, I looked at it and began to daydream about if that were to belong to monster-sized chicken off a belligerent nature, exactly what size would the whole animal be and what kind of carnage it could inflict on a major city before being brought down by the military (and subsequently being used to serve up the most epic chicken nugget feast in the history of the universe). Then it suddenly occurred to me that this giant furcula statue may well be the world’s largest sculpture of a single osteological element of a dinosaur.  I wonder if this has occurred to anyone else or if anyone out there know of any larger sculptures representing a singular dinosaur bone?


World Dinosaur Valley Quarry pt. 5: Lots of Lufengosaurus

The museum is filled with tons (literally) of Lufengosaurus specimens. Labelled varyingly as L. huenei, L. magnus, and L sp. These all probably represent different onotgenetic stages of L. huenei.



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A semi-exploded Lufengosaurus skull.




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Smallish specimen of Lufengosaurus huenei



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A mid-size Lufengosaurus displayed next to a curiously posed Sinosaurus triassicus

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As awesome as this huge mount looks, I noticed that the hips  had to be seriously dislocated to get it into this position.

As a result of my trip to this  museum my mental image of Lufengosaurus has been emended from “smallish”  to “huge-ish.” Some of these things were massive