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520-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Unearthed

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 02:35 PM

A spectacularly well-preserved sea monster that once prowled the oceans during the Cambrian Period has been unearthed in China.

The 520-million-year-old creature, one of the first predators of its day, sported compound eyes, body armor and two spiky claws for grabbing prey.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 02:41 PM

Sure glad I live in a atomic age filled with little wars, failed states and terrorism instead of the terrifying Cambrian Period where life was developing things like eyes, claws and body armor.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:08 PM

I would still have one as a pet.. :D

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 06:59 PM

View Postbubblykiss, on 19 July 2014 - 02:41 PM, said:

Sure glad I live in a atomic age filled with little wars, failed states and terrorism instead of the terrifying Cambrian Period where life was developing things like eyes, claws and body armor.
Don't forget about hinged jaws.


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

Would make a great design for a Godzilla flick.


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:48 PM



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:21 PM

Freaky critter.  It's amazing that part of it's brain & some of it's nervous system was still well defined in the fossilization process (I wonder if it may provide new insights)... I still wouldn't want to encounter one even if it's only 1/2 foot long (ewwww).


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:57 PM

Looks like something from a video game or anime.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:11 AM

I breed fresh water shrimps, that one would be cool to add to my collection :)

Edited by Aardvark-DK, 20 July 2014 - 12:11 AM.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 02:34 AM

450 millions year is too long, too much time. It is impossible!


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 08:30 PM

Drawn butter.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:58 PM

View Postqxcontinuum, on 20 July 2014 - 02:34 AM, said:

450 millions year is too long, too much time. It is impossible!
And you say that, why?  Please give your reasoning.


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 03:49 AM

View Postpaperdyer, on 21 July 2014 - 03:58 PM, said:

And you say that, why?  Please give your reasoning.

Because they are not dating the exact samples found, they simply would simply assign the age to the layer where the fossil was discovered is claimed to be . Another method is dating the layer where they found the fossil. However, what often happens is that the various methods they use (Uranium-Lead, Potassium-Argon, Rubidium-Strontium, etc.)  would provide different year range results, i find this funny but it is true. Here is where simply they will pick or change the most appropriate year range result to their believes.

Disappointed?

Don't say you believe they are just throwing the samples in some machines pushing a button and the years would be display on a screen. Doesn't work like that ! In fact it doesn't work at all... It is mostly guessing and interpretation of other geological data.

Edited by qxcontinuum, 22 July 2014 - 03:51 AM.


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:17 AM

but you said it was "impossible". the fact that there are innacuracies to some of the dating systems we use does not mean that it is impossible for something to be 450 million years old. in fact, you still haven't actually given any reasoning as to why 450 million years is "too long", or even what you meant by that, exactly. too long for what?


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:18 AM

Great find, but is it really 520 million years old??





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