Friday, April 13, 2007

Beware the Fearsome Chicken

A new scientific finding has determined that the closest living relative to the great Tyrannosaurus Rex may be the modern chicken. Apparently traces of flesh on a fossilized T. Rex. were analyzed and found to contain proteins that are most similar to proteins found in chickens.

Not only does this discovery give weight to the intriguing birds-are-descended-from-dinosaurs theory but it also challenges the long-held belief that the fossilization process removes all biological material and replaces it with stone. Turns out, some bio bits can last millions of years.

What I love is that while we were busy evolving from little rodent things into the dominant species on the planet, dinosaurs may have been going from the dominant species on the planet to a tasty barbeque treat. Then again, that kind of makes me wonder if we might be on a cockroach’s grill 65 million years from now.



Blogger M. Takhallus. said...

You live in Texas. I know your cockroaches. Don't kid yourself that you're safe for 65 million years.

1:25 PM  

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