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Tiktaalik: wading fish with front limb bones parallelling

by Ziks511 / April 8, 2006 7:42 PM PDT

all subsequent vertebrates, humerus, radius and ulna, and wrist joint. Specimens come from the far northern coast of Ellesmere Island, which is as far north as you can go on land. There's about 30 days free of snow a year at that location.

Most recent news story and article published by Neil Shubin on April 6th.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiktaalik

Rob

If my Inuktitut is half way correct, which would be miraculous, the name is pronounced as if you're trying to swallow your tongue at the point where you say 'lik.

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Just recently saw an article forward to us about these
by Roger NC / April 9, 2006 1:26 AM PDT

the one I saw was from NY Times sent to my wife by one of her online friends.

Meant to mention it here, and duh, my memory again let me down. Glad to see someone did, thanks.

Speakeasygang, Speakeasy


Roger

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Thanks Rog. Amazing stuff, but I have great sympathy for
by Ziks511 / April 10, 2006 10:36 AM PDT

the guys doing the excavation and fossil hunting.

I remember an archaeologist friend (American) talking about working in parts of the Barrens in northern continental Canada researching early man in those areas. The flies are so bad that sometimes the caribou go up onto the tops of the hills which are of course fairly bare to start with, and are quickly overgrazed, but the caribou will stay there and starve to death rather than be eaten by the mosquitoes and other biting insects. The archaeologists didn't have that option but hats with nets and complete cover up were standard equipment. It was still a wretched experience.

Another similar story was of two Native kids who were homesick and wanted to go home from the well-run residential school 500 miles south of where they lived. When found they were so sick from the stuff injected by the flies to act as an anti coagulant and also stuff that acts as a mild desensitizer on the skin so that we don't notice the bites till the little beasties leave, that one of the kids died despite everything the Hospital in Edmonton could do for him.

Rob

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(NT) (NT) Ack! Terrible...
by Dragon / April 10, 2006 11:58 AM PDT
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