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Dinosaur fossil eaten.

In amazing story, ancient, animals, China, civilisation, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, evolution, wild animals on July 4, 2007 at 11:48 pm

 

Villagers in central China dug up a ton of dinosaur bones and boiled them in soup or ground them into powder for traditional medicine, believing they were from flying dragons and had healing powers.

The calcium-rich bones were sometimes boiled with other ingredients and fed to children as a treatment for dizziness and leg cramps. Other times they were ground up and made into a paste that was applied directly to fractures and other injuries, he said.

The practice had been going on for at least two decades.

Until last year, the fossils were being sold in Henan province as “dragon bones” at about 4 yuan (US 50 cents) per kilogram.

“They had believed that the ‘dragon bones’ were from the dragons flying in the sky,” said Chinese scientist Dong Zhimin.

Dong was among a team of scientists who recently excavated a 60-foot-long plant-eating dinosaur, which lived 85 million to 100 million years ago.

The Henan area is also rich in fossilized dinosaur eggs.

Zebra? Horse? Zorse!

In 2007, adult, Africa, amazing story, Amsterdam, animals, comedy, crazy, Crazy news, EU, europe, evolution, farm, genes, genetics, Germany, Humour, International, Italy, Life, pets, wild animals, World News, Worlds most on June 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

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 And I thought mules were hilarious creatures.

A steamy sexual encounter between an Italian stallion zebra and a German female horse has resulted in an amazing anomaly of nature. An animal that is half horse and have zebra. And they are calling it a Zorse, of course.

Last year the mother of the zorse was taken from her German safari park home to visit a ranch in Italy, where she was left to roam freely with a number of other zebras, when one, Ullysses took a shine to her.

Now Eclypse is a major attraction at her home safari park at Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland.

Hybrids are not easy to create, however. The mating pair’s different number of chromosomes – the “packets” of DNA in each cell – makes a pregnancy hard to achieve.

A horse has 64 chromosomes; the zebra has 44. The zorse that results from cross-breeding will have a number of chromosomes that is somewhere in between.

The zorse can only result where the sire is the zebra.

“The smaller number of chromosomes has to be on the male side,” said Lesley Barwise-Munro, a veterinary surgeon in Alnwick, Northumberland, and a spokeswoman for the British Equine Veterinary Association.

“If it had been the other way around there would have been no pregnancy. It’s how nature works.”

And hybrids were invariably sterile.

“Beeb, beeb!”, ‘Roadrunner’ dinosaur species discovered

In dinosaur, Eocursor, evolution, natural world, World News on June 13, 2007 at 7:21 pm

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3ft-long plant-eating dinosaur called Eocursor has been identified by paleontologists. Fossil remains of a single specimen of the dinosaur were discovered in South Africa in 1993, but have only recently been studied.

3ft-long plant-eating dinosaur stood on two legs, was about the size of a large dog and was built for speed. It was a primitive member of a large group of dinosaurs called the ornithischians and lived about 220 million years ago and lived in vast herds of up to 10,000.

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Working with scientists at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, and experts from Cambridge University in England, paleontologist Dr Butler compared Eocursor’s anatomy with that of ornithischians from all over the world.

The researchers produced a new evolutionary tree showing how primitive members of the family were related.

It suggested that they spread throughout the world later than was previously thought.

“By placing Eocursor in an evolutionary tree we can begin to understand when and why ornithiscian dinosaurs became so important,” said Dr Butler.

“It seems that primitive ornithiscians were scarce, and the group succeeded by taking advantage of the extinction of other plant-eating reptiles at the end of the Triassic about 200 million years ago.”