Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Science Links

First off, from the BBC:
Fishermen in Siberia have discovered the complete skeleton of a mammoth - a find which Russian experts have described as very rare.

The remains appeared when flood waters receded in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region.

The mammoth's backbone, skull, teeth and tusks all survived intact. It appears to have died aged about 50.

Full story here.

Next, from Sirius, a link to a fascinating article about the U.S. silver certificates designed in the 1890's by notable artists of that era. There are some tremendous pictures of the bills, and you can see them all here.

From DQ reader and future Nobel Prize winner Brian Pilnick (who is also now a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University), a link to a story about a newly-discovered pachycephalosaurus whose skull looks like--a dragon. Here's an excerpt:
The newly described horny-headed dinosaur Dracorex hogwartsia lived about 66 million years ago in South Dakota, just a million years short of the extinction of all dinosaurs. But its flat, almost storybook-style dragon head has overturned everything paleontologists thought they knew about the dome-head dinos called pachycephalosaurs.

Very cool story, and you can read it here.

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