July 29, 2005
Posted by scott at July 29, 2005 08:09 AM
Pat gets a well-preserved no-prize for bringing us news of the discovery of the oldest dinosaur embryo found to-date. At 190 million years old, it's almost double the age of the typical embryo find. The fossil was actually excavated nearly thirty years ago, but it's apparently taken this long to chip away the surrounding rock to expose the dinosaur inside. The findings provide some startling insights into how early plant-eating dinosaurs lived, reproduced, and evolved.
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So, some poor schmuck has been coming to work every day, chipping away. I can imagine that conversation with his wife:
M - "Off to work."
W - "What? More chipping away? Aren't you ever going to be finished with that? Seriously. When I met you I thought you were going places - you got your degree in Communications, managed to land a job at the museum, and things looked good. Then, you were transferred over to chip away. Thirty years I've slaved away trying to support you and all you do is chip away at a rock. My poor mother would be rolling over in her grave if she knew what you've done with your life."
M - "Yes, dear."
I am keeping my stick handy. lol