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posted by Dopefish on Sunday February 23 2014, @02:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the where-the-heck-are-the-badlands dept.

Gaaark writes:

"Paleontologists from the University of Calgary have discovered a massive, 70 million-year-old skull of a horned dinosaur: a pachyrhinosaur, to be exact. It is described as a 'rare find': the last discovery of this type in the same region dates back to more than 50 years ago when only a partial skull was collected.

Found in the Alberta Badlands in Canada, its two meter long head had large bony bumps, short curved horns and a large frill at its neck. In her statement, researcher Darla Zelenitsky said, "the skull of this animal has an enormous bony structure over the snout that would have made for a very strange looking individual.

The University of Calgary statement with more details and related links can be found here."

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Jerry Smith on Sunday February 23 2014, @02:49PM

    by Jerry Smith (379) on Sunday February 23 2014, @02:49PM (#5186) Journal

    It must be extremely frustrating to be dependent on these very rare finds in ones field of work. And after a find like this, would it be more satisfactory for it to confirm or deny the current common ideas?

    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by neagix on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:08PM

    by neagix (25) on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:08PM (#5198)

    The less guesswork, the better work.

    I think that for any researcher - or curious kid - the immediate genuine surprise for a discovery like this is an unsurpassable pleasure; the homework part of doing X-rays and anathomical comparisons comes later and gives work to a lot of other people.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by beckett on Sunday February 23 2014, @08:58PM

    by beckett (1115) on Sunday February 23 2014, @08:58PM (#5313)

    Higgs boson had been extensively sought since the early 1990s. It was only recently identified and studied as a thing. however, the confirmation wasn't only a single, simple satisfaction: it generated hundreds of publications and dozens of PhDs. Even if the search ended up disproving the Standard Model, it would have also generated just as many publications

    I think any field of scientific discovery is replete with lots of negative data, but it is the positive confirmations that generate the press and are overrepresented in the literature from publication bias.

  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Monday February 24 2014, @06:30PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 24 2014, @06:30PM (#6031)

    Reminds me of my dating years. The journey being its own reward?