June 25, 2006


Dodo skeleton find in Mauritius (BBC, 6/25/06)

Scientists say they have discovered part of the skeleton of a dodo, the large, flightless bird which became extinct more than 300 years ago.

One of the team in Mauritius said it was the first discovery of fully preserved bones which could give clues as to how the bird lived its life.

Last year, the team unearthed dodo bones in the same area, but said the current find was more "significant".

The bird is thought to have been hunted to extinction by European settlers.

Nothing ever goes extinct naturally.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2006 11:14 AM

what the heck is that supposed to mean, "nothing goes extinct naturally"?

Posted by: bradley Cooke at June 25, 2006 4:32 PM

Are they sure they just didn't find Ted Giannoulas?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 25, 2006 6:52 PM

I think it was OJ's grandfather who took out the megafauna, and Xenu who did the dinosaurs.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 25, 2006 7:26 PM

Yeah what about the dinosaurs, were they hunted to extinction by Fred Flintsone? Good Lord.

Sometimes you really go out there into Jesusland, you know that?

Posted by: Amos at June 25, 2006 11:43 PM

No, by catastrophe.

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2006 11:49 PM

One of the dinsosaur species developed intellegence, then proceeded to hunt the rest of them to extinction before destroying themselves so throughly that it looks to us like an asteroid hit the Earth. No need to invoke Jesus or Fred Flintstone, and no more silly a hypothesis than anything else the Darwinists can come up with. (A variation on the Gary Larson Hypothesis of Dinosaur Extinction.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 25, 2006 11:50 PM

Mr. Judd, Mr. Ortega;

Dinosaur species went extinct through out the Mesozoic era (and of course the Mesozoic started with mass extinctions). It's a common misunderstanding that extinctions only happened at the end of the Mesozoic, but that's not the case.

Is your claim that those other extinctions were caused by catastrophe, over and over again?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 26, 2006 12:41 PM

No, one catastrophe. There is, of course, no such thing as species.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2006 1:13 PM

That went on for 180 million years? That must have been a real bummer. One might wonder, though, after what length of time does it change from "catastrophe" to "normal".

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 26, 2006 2:11 PM