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Modern Dinosaurs

  1. Jan 26, 2008 #1
    Im still in the process of reading Dawkins book, "The God Delusion", in which he invokes the theory of natural selection many times. When people talk about dinosaurs, they often have mental images of something like this:

    http://www.kokorodinosaurs.com/tricera.jpg [Broken]

    http://home.arcor.de/ktdykes/design/triceratops.jpg




    http://www.monsterjones.com/KongTrex1.jpg [Broken]

    Ok, bad example.....

    http://www.petesmoviepage.com/Jurassic/t-rex.gif [Broken]

    There thats much better...........

    Chicago.Trex.Sue.jpg

    http://gsmithblog.com/pixelpost/images/20071006093123_10-06-07.jpg [Broken]

    Most dinosaurs look way out there from another planet... Until you look at some of the odd animals we have roaming around right now that looks like they were teleported from the past.

    http://www.buddycom.com/animal/special/rhino/rhino.jpg [Broken]

    http://www.lewa.org/lewa-wildlife-conservancy-pics/black_rhino_portrait.jpg [Broken]

    http://www.v-flyer.com/vs_press/elephant.jpg [Broken]

    So, if you know of any wierd dinosaurs looking animals roaming around today, Id like to see pictures of them. Im perplex how 40% of americans can look at these clear indications of evolution and chuck even common sense out the window. It does not take much of the imagination to see there is a connection. To me the rhino looks like a modern day dinosaur.
     
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  3. Jan 26, 2008 #2

    Garth

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    Except of course that it is a mammal.

    An example of 'convergent evolution'?
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  4. Jan 26, 2008 #3
    Im not going to pretend to be a biologist, as I know next to nothing about the subject; however, you have to admit that the resemblance is rather striking.

    Even using convergent evolution as you say, its interesting how you still get the evolution of similar traits emerging. Thick skin, horns, big, slow and lumbering.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/88/Rhinosizes.png/800px-Rhinosizes.png [Broken]
     
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  5. Jan 26, 2008 #4
    http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org/images/Thump/Gharial.jpg [Broken]
     
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  6. Jan 26, 2008 #5
    A common designer wouid explain the same connection. You need to produce a fact that would distinguish between two different theories. I'm not saying you can't find such a fact, merely that you must. By the way, I'm told this is the modern dinosaur:
    http://www.birdhealth.com.au/bird/canary/canary_border_fancy2.jpg" [Broken]
     
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  7. Jan 26, 2008 #6
    Well, its quite obvious that such facts do exist for evolution. But thats besides the point.

    That abomination screams T-rex. :surprised I would not want to do battle with that beast.


    You know, I just realized something. If a T-rex fell over, how the hell would it stand back up!? Can a cow stand up when on its side? I guess they wiggle their way back up to their feet, but I mean a big fat cow that has its four legs pointing sideways, not sitting on its legs.
     
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  8. Jan 26, 2008 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    The Cheneyosaurous.
    dick_cheney.jpg
     
  9. Jan 26, 2008 #8
    If there is creative design, god has no mercy.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2008 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    A very dangerous animal, it sneak attacks from behind the Bushes. It has been known to attack the wrong prey.

    It is also known for it's weak Constitution.
     
  11. Jan 26, 2008 #10

    Chi Meson

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    Known weaknesses: yellow-cake in light sweet oil. Just can't resist it!
     
  12. Jan 26, 2008 #11

    Evo

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    It's a horned mamasaur.
     
  13. Jan 26, 2008 #12

    G01

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    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!:eek:

    How horrifying!!!
     
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  14. Jan 26, 2008 #13
    Komodo dragon

    komodo-dragon-indonesia.jpg
     
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  15. Jan 26, 2008 #14
    Frill Shark
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/01/photogalleries/frilled-shark/images/primary/frillshark-big-1.jpg
     
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  16. Jan 26, 2008 #15

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    Frill-necked lizard. Chlamydosaurus_kingii.jpg
     
  17. Jan 26, 2008 #16

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    Whoa,[/URL] I've never seen one before.
     
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  18. Jan 26, 2008 #17
    Virtually every page.
     
  19. Jan 26, 2008 #18

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    http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/856/20217914.JPG


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    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/animals/images/primary/giraffe.jpg
    or
    http://www.museumofosteology.org/images/giraffe-skeleton.jpg [Broken]

    They look far more exotic when you look at just a skeleton, don't they? Coloration and skin texture (including absence of hair and fur) are guesses based on what modern species dinosaur skeletons mostly resemble, but could be wrong. If you focus on the skeletons, there are more similarities.
     
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