Tuesday, June 05, 2007

LESOTHOSAURUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!









THE LESOTHOSAURUS IS THE COOLEST DINOSAUR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111!!!!! BAD STUFF ALWAYS HAPPENS TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!!!!!!!! BAD STUFF WILL HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT IT DOES!!!!!!!!11111111!!!!!! IT DOESNT MATTER HOW GOOD THE LESOTHOSAURUS IS AT WHAT ITS DOING AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE THE OUTCOME WILL BE BAD NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111!!!!!! SOME LESOTHOSAURUSES GET DEPRESSED ABOUT THIS AND GIVE UP DOING ANYTHING IN AN ATTEMPT TO STOP BAD STUFF HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!1111! BUT BAD STUFF STILL HAPPENS!!!!!!!!111111111!!!!! OTHER DINOSAURS LOOK UP TO THE SEGNOSAURUS AND TRY TO BE OPTIMISTIC!!!!!!!!!!1111111!!!! BUT IT DOESNT MATTER BECAUSE BAD STUFF WILL STILL HAPPEN AND EVEN THE MOST OPTIMISTIC LESOTHOSAURUS WILL GET DEPRESSED EVENTUALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111!!!!!!11 I LOVE THE LESOTHOSAURUS AND IT LOVES ME!!!!!!!!!111111!! THIS KID ALSO LOVES THE LESOTHOSAURUS!!!!111111!!

21 comments:

Paleozoic Joe said...

THE LESOTHOSAURUS IS TOO DEPRESSING TO BE COOL!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!

Dinosaur Joe said...

IT DOESNT MATTER IF ITS DEPRESSING ITS A DINOSAUR THEREFORE ITS COOL!!!!!!1111111111!!!!!

Vincent said...

What terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to the Lesothosaurus. Truly, I can empathize.

Questions for two Joes:

Paleozoic Joe: Can nothing depressing be cool?

Dinosaur Joe: Are these bad things always personal to the Lesothosaurus? Or do they trigger bad things in the lives of others? When the Lesothosauruses give up doing anything, how do they survive? How do they find their places in society? Is there any movement to aide them?

Yarjka said...

Depression could mean extinction for the Lesothosaurus.

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

Is there some sort of subtle commentary on the plight of the tiny country of Lesotho implicit in the Lesothosaurus's name (or vice-versa)?

P.S. What exactly is your photo Dinosaur Joe? Is it Rorschach drawing?

Dinosaur Joe said...

THEY ARE ONLY PERSONAL BAD THINGS!!!!!!11111!!!!!!1!!!!!!!111!! MY PICTURE IS OF DINOSAURS!!!!!!1111111!!!!!!

ChrisV82 said...

Is there no dinosaur equivalent of a lucky rabbit's foot? Maybe a lucky Procompsognathus' foot?

Paleozoic Joe said...

DEPRESSING STUFF CAN ONLY BE COOL IF IT HAPPENS IN PALEOZOIC LAND!!!!!!!!1!

Dinosaur Joe said...

PROCOMPSOGNATHUS?1!?!??!?!?? IVE ONLY HEARD OF THE COMPSOGNATHUS!!!!!!!1111111!!1111 AND ALL GOOD LUCK CHARMS THAT THE LESOTHOSAURUS CARRIES DISSOLVE!!!!!!111111111111!!!!

Yarjka said...

DINOSAURS!!!!!!!!

The Jar said...

Where did paleozoic joe come from? His sudden entry is somewhat suspect.

He appears with no preamble, like pareiasaur type creature (A pareiasaur is a large, lumbering, ungainly, troll-like creature for you paleozoic neophytes out there), charging unchecked through the threads. Unchecked, that is, until a heroic dinosaur joe in shining dinosaur scale mail handily defeats the horrific with his devestating wit and unerring judgement.

Indeed, I say, doesn't it seem that his reposte's are too pithy? His responses too speedy (usually mere minutes)?

I believe that Paleozoic Joe is a mere facade! Dinosaur Joe is simply masquerading as a fiendish pareiasaur to bulster his "cred" with his readers. A despicable ploy

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

Dinosaur Joe? Did you see the New York Times today? I'd like your thoughts.

Dinosaur Joe said...

PALEOZOIC JOE IS SO EVIL THAT HES TRYING TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE I MADE HIM UP!!!!!!!1111111111!!!!! DONT BELIEVE HIM!!!!!!!!!11111111!!!!!!! AND I DONT READ THE NEW YORK TIMES!!!111111111!! I ONLY READ THE TARPIT TIMES SO YOU'LL HAVE TO TELL ME THE ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111!!!!!!!

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

I am pasting the article from the NY Times, because I don't know how to do HTML.

Scientists have uncovered a huge surprise in the Inner Mongolia region of northern China: the fossil skeleton of an unusually robust birdlike dinosaur that lived 70 million years ago. The animal appeared to be a young adult 25 feet long and weighing 3,000 pounds and, if it had lived longer, would probably have grown even larger.

Paleontologists said the discovery contradicted widely held theories that carnivorous dinosaurs got smaller as they evolved more birdlike characteristics. But they emphasized that the new specimen did not challenge the theorized link between dinosaurs and birds.

The Chinese scientists who made the discovery, being reported today in the journal Nature, said the skeleton belonged to a dinosaur family that included the beaked, birdlike oviraptor. This family was not closely related to the dromaeosaurid dinosaurs generally thought to be ancestors of modern birds. Still, the scientists concluded that the new skeleton “is an exception to some general patterns” during the evolution of related dinosaurs, including the “trend of size decrease” that is associated with the origin of birds. They said it was significant that the large specimen “shows many birdlike features absent” in smaller relatives.

Impressed by the size and puzzling character of their find, the team led by Xing Xu, a paleontologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, classified the animal as a new genus and species. It was given the name Gigantoraptor erlianensis, the specific name recognizing the Erlian basin of Inner Mongolia, where the skeleton was excavated.

Gigantoraptor appears in an artist’s reconstruction to have cut a menacing figure on the Cretaceous landscape. Rearing on its hind limbs, it spread out forelimbs tipped with sharp claws and prepared to pounce on prey with an open mouth and strong beak. Independent dinosaur experts said the description of the fossils of the half-complete skeleton appeared to support the discoverers’ interpretations. They said Gigantoraptor probably had some feathers, though none were preserved.

“The specimen is quite convincingly diagnostic,” said Peter Dodson, a paleontologist at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of the authoritative reference book “Dinosauria.” “This was on the line leading toward birds, though not itself the closest relative to birds by any means.”

Mark A. Norell, a dinosaur paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History, said the find was “pretty unexpected” and showed “how little we know about the diversity in the dinosaur world.”

Dr. Xu’s group said Gigantoraptor was about 300 times as heavy as similar dinosaurs and stood, at hips and shoulders, twice the height of a man. An examination of marks in the bones indicated that the young animal’s growth rate was considerably faster than that of North American tyrannosaurs, which the scientists said contributed to its giant size.

The scientists reported that “the animal reached its young adult size within seven years and was still at a relatively early young adult stage at the time of death,” which was probably in the 11th year of its life.

Their analysis also revealed “several salient features previously unknown in any other dinosaur,” such as in the vertebrae and the limb bones. The hind limbs were more gracile than usual in such robust dinosaurs. Although no traces of feathers were found, the discovery team noted that smaller oviraptorosaurs were known to have had arm feathers and possibly other types of feathers. It is possible, the scientists said, that Gigantoraptor also retained some arm feathers, “given that the primary function of arm feathers is not to insulate the individual and their development is probably not related to size.”

As Dr. Dodson explained, large-body animals tend to be naked. Their big concern is not heat loss, but the fact that they generate more heat that must be dissipated. If Gigantoraptor had feathers, they were sparse, as on an ostrich, and also like the ostrich, it might have used them in another heat-related function: courtship displays.

Dinosaur Joe said...

YES THEY FINALLY FOUND IT!!!!!!!!111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

What is the "it" that they found? And who put it there?

Dinosaur Joe said...

"IT" IS THE GIGANOTORAPTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!!!

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

Ok, put "who" put "it" there? And what exactly is it?

Vincent said...

Well, Dinosaur Joe, are they right? Are the experts actually right on this one? I'd like to think they're not entirely deceptive or wrongheaded. How feathered was the Gigantoraptor?

Dinosaur Joe said...

THEY'RE RIGHT ABOUT THE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS!!!!!!!!!11!!!! AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL SEE THIS AS EVIDENCE THAT DINOSAURS EVOLVED FROM BIRDS!!!!!!!11!!!! AND I ALREADY TOLD YOU WHAT IT IS IDEAS MAN!!!!!!!!!11!!!

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