Friday, April 13, 2007

T-rex in the Hen House?

Examination of protein particles from tiny fragments of soft tissue found in a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex bone unearthed from a sandstone deposit in Montana reveals that “the genomic . . . sequences are closer to birds or chickens than anything else.” Astounding! Read the full story here ("T-rex thigh shows chicken family ties").


Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

Well that's hardly news down here. Many times after being pursued by a ravenous hoard of veloci-chickens who spotted me carrying anything that even vaguely resembles a feed bucket, I've said to Peggy, "Exactly why did we fill up our yard with all these little feathery dinosaurs???"

April 13, 2007 1:42 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

In retrospect, I guess it's kind of amazing that I ever developed a love of birds and became a wildlife biologist specializing in birds. Your comment sparked a childhood memory of traumatic visits to the farms of friends or relatives and being attacked and bitten by geese. They seemed to sense that I was scared to death of them, 'cause they always seemed to make a bee-line right toward me as I tried to seek shelter behind the legs of my mom or dad.

April 15, 2007 9:49 PM  

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