[...]horned, strong arms, huge talons, dwells in the east - its a bloody deathclaw I tell you!
(and how did you survive? I didn´t! Haha, ´loving that joke...)
Most of what we know about North American dinosaurs comes from the western half of the continent, while those of the east are something of a mystery. So little is known, in fact, that even a scrap of bone can shed light on their diversity. That is what happened while I was exploring the collections at the Yale Peabody Museum, …
Appalachia is not a new term, I could understand someone outside the U.S. not being familar with it and in this context it referred a larger area that it's modern usage. However it is well known in the US due to cultural and literary frequent use, not to mention the Appalachian Mountains are the second largest mountain range on the contenent which are a significant terain feature in over a quarter of the states.
When faced with only a few pieces, how do palaeontologists rule out the possibility that they've dug up the Robert Wadlow or Warwick Davis of that species?
As opposed to mistaking a juvenile of one species as the adult of new one - where I presume there are some hints in the bone structure.
If I comment about a Huffpost article on the Guardian website does anyone care?
If I comment about a The Conversation article on El Reg does anyone care?
Yes I know the real answer: nobody actually cares what I comment anywhere, and fair enough too... but that's not the point: the point is what is this article even doing here???
I don't have a problem with this article being here. If you're not interested in Science as a general category, don't bloody read it. One of the reasons I read the Reg is the broad coverage of all kinds of geek topics. As a polymath, I would find computer-nerd-only news boring. If that is what you crave, there are other sites to suit.
I think yanno is simply commenting that "El Reg" is not the website that it used to be and that reposting content from another website just means there is a dearth of original content.
Page and Worstall contributed quite a bit of original content, but both authors were rather "controversial".
Perhaps too much so for the current leaderships ability to protect them.
"Page and Worstall contributed quite a bit of original content, but both authors were rather "controversial"."
I didn't find Worstall controversial; he writes a lot of good sense. But I did feel that from the point of view of the general reader of El Reg (among whom I count myself) he had probably about written himself out. We all only have a certain number of ideas sufficiently interesting or original to try on other people.
Page also I thought had about run through his gamut. The truth is on climate change perhaps that it is now 1915 and both sides of the commentariat are in their trenches; there are local battles going on which make little difference to the overall position, little skirmishes between scouting parties and the occasional artillery bombardment of patches of mud. What is happening in the rest of the world passes them by. It simply isn't interesting to most people. The big issues are now IT issues, security, technology change, spying, malware and storage and they really aren't that sexy for most people.
Perhaps we are now in a post-IT world, or perhaps I've just had too much dinner.
@AC, I'm well aware of the science header, but this article is just so far removed from the usual science articles posted here it makes my head spin. A "hardcore" paleontology article is just not something I would expect in the science section of the Reg.
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