Saturday, January 30, 2010

China's Dinosaurs

No, not the communists; they are still around.

The real ones, folks!

"Scientists flocking to China fossil excavation; Ask why so many died at single site" by Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post | January 27, 2010

ZHUCHENG, China - As a construction boom sweeps through China, workers digging into the ground and clearing forests for highways and high-rises are inadvertently stumbling upon relics that are rewriting scientists’ understanding of the distant past. The Chinese government, which during the Cultural Revolution in 1966-76 was responsible for dismantling scientific research institutions - banishing many intellectuals to farms and systematically destroying artifacts - is now throwing billions of dollars into projects in archeology, historical ecology, and paleontology.

For decades, much of the important research into dinosaurs was in the United States, at sites in Utah and Montana. But over the past two to three years, attention has shifted to China, with major discoveries in Zhucheng and other sites. In northeastern China in March, scientists discovered a fossil indicating that many dinosaurs may have had featherlike fuzz, which they said suggests a closer relationship between birds and dinosaurs than previously thought....

Welcome to Jurassic Park, 'eh?


Why is it that I feel like history has been one entire lie?

Every time I turn around, something I learned in school is being discredited or debunked.