Thursday, January 21, 2016

Article of the Week

Mark Grove
Dr. Jones
Honors Bio
21 Jan 2016
This article is about a new type of dinosaur that was discovered. Researchers have classified it as a meat-eating dinosaur from the Theropod group. It was discovered in south Wales and might be the "oldest known Jurassic dinosaur from the UK." It is thought that this dinosaur lived over 200 million years ago, during the beginning of the Jurassic Period. As a distant relative of the T-Rex, it was thought to have been about 70 cm tall and 200 cm long.

I believe this to be a very interesting scientific find. I want to know how exactly it was discovered and what it means to us. Obviously, it is important to science, but how can it help specifically? I liked how the article was concise, short and sweet, with a lot of information. It makes me wonder how all of the information was collected, and what steps were taken to ensure credible data?

One quote that intrigued me was this: "The new specimen represents the most complete theropod from Wales, and may possibly represent one of the oldest known Jurassic dinosaurs in the UK or even in the world." I wonder how these dinosaur fossils can be so complete if they are some of the oldest in the world? Wouldn't that make them less in-tact? Another quote that I found is this: "Compared to its distant relative the T. rex, it appears to be a small, agile animal, probably only about 70 cm tall and about 200 cm long, with a long tail, likely to help it balance." How can so much information be drawn from a few fossils? Also, why is this information important to the scientific community?

This article leaves me with two questions, how much data is needed to conclude something in the scientific field, and what do the discovery of these fossils in particular contribute to society?

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