Thursday, 25 October 2012

How Dinosaurs Mated: The Sexisaurus Chronicles

During your lifetime you have probably spent huge amounts of time wondering, how the hell did dinosaurs have sex? Did the male mount the female or vice versa? How much semen did one ejaculation produce? How tricky was it considering that a T-Rex can weigh up to 30 tonnes and one crucial body part was 12 feet [sch]long?

If you have not been wondering such things, well then congratulations. You are not a weirdo. Or a paleontologist.

 These are the questions that keep paleontologist up at night (probably playing with themselves to such thoughts. Probably). They finally came up with the answer. 'Dinos made love like dogs'.

I am going to give you a moment or two to absorb this shocking revelation by the researchers.

'All dinosaurs used the same basic position to mate,' said Dr Beverly Halstead, an English researcher who spent too much time on this issue. 'Mounting from the rear, he put his forelimbs on her shoulders, lifting one hind limb across her back and twisting his tail under hers.' Well!
Most researchers concluded that dinosaurs had sex like 
The males and females of modern-day birds and reptiles have a single body opening for urination, defecation, and reproduction--something called a cloaca (Latin for sewer! wow!). Paleontologists believe that dinosaurs had the same basic equipment, and that they coupled by pressing their cloacas together. Kinda sapphic if you ask me.

Pelecanimimus dinosaurs mating - these bird-like creatures lived 120 million years ago during the Cretaceous period
No penis is needed to perform a "cloacal kiss." But some birds have penises and crocodiles sport penis-like "intromittent organs," and male dinosaurs might have had something similar. As you might imagine, a dinosaur penis might have been pretty big--perhaps up to 12 feet in length for T. Rexes.

But how did Mr. Dino ever get his cloaca near Ms. Dino's? By mounting her from behind. At least that's the view of many paleontologists, including one Beverly Halstead, an Englishman who became known for his candid talk about dinosaur mating before his death in 1991. For an article that appeared in the now-defunct science magazine "Omni" magazine in 1988, Dr. Halstead said:
All dinosaurs used the same basic position to mate. Mounting from the rear, he put his forelimbs on her shoulders, lifting one hind limb across her back and twisting his tail under hers to align the cloaca.
I am going to assume that all that liquid is from both of them. Orgasmic

Some of Halstead's present-day counterparts concur that that's the way dinos did it.

"I don't think there's much doubt about that," Dr. Gregory M. Erickson, an evolutionary biologist at Florida State University, told The Huffington Post in a telephone interview. But, he acknowledged, "It must have been a hell of a thing to see."

This does not look safe.

So what do you think of this discovery? Are geoscientists venturing into matters that don't help us grow or is such discoveries useful for the growth of earth sciences? Let me know in the comments below.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012


October is "pink month" and is the designated breast cancer month by the UN. being Pink month i decided got to looking for a lighter side of pink and i came across the Pink Terraces of New Zealand!!!
wikipedia describes the rocks as....

The Pink Terraces, or Otukapuarangi ("fountain of the clouded sky") in Māori, and the White Terraces, also known as Te Tarata ("the tattooed rock")

Visitors wore special shoes in order to climb up and gaze into the throat of the gigantic geyser whose silica-charged waters had formed the terraces over countless centuries.The only sad thing about them is that they are now buried under layer of volcanic ash and mud but not before some spectacular snapshots and paintings were made of them in the 1800's before the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. The terraces are made of Traventine ( A type of limestone (a calcium-rich rock composed primarily of the CaCO3 minerals calcite and aragonite) which forms by chemical precipitation (the stuff that makes the rock falls out of solution) from certain types of shallow or surface waters, such as springs and rivers. courtesy of georneys) of alternate white and pink color. They formed heated pools in which people used to bathe in. 

the first paintings were very well detailed and showed this spectacular sites in available detail. 
Charles Blomfield (1848–1926) painted the Pink Terraces four years after they were buried by the eruption of Mt Tarawera. His highly romantic paintings strove for an aesthetic ideal. link

Charles Blomfield, The Pink and White Terraces Rotomahana, New Zealand. link
Painting of the White Terraces, near Rotorua, New Zealand.  
Delightful illustration of bathers at the White Terrace before the famous eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. link
when a geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter and fellow friend Bruno Hamil undertook a geological survey of the area he came up with a lithograph of the terraces. 
Bruno Hamil's 1860 lithograph of Ferdinand von Hochstetter talking to the local chief at the bottom left of the white terraces. link
black and white photos of the 8th wonder of the world
The hot water basins, White Terrace, 1885. link
Boars Head, White Terrace by George Valentine. link
Hot Baths, Pink Terrace George Valentine. link
White Terrace -by Alfred Burton. link
A part of the White Terraces was rediscovered in June 2011. The announcement of the rediscovery of the White Terraces coincided with the 125th Anniversary of the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886.
Digital underwater photographs of area around the pink terrace structures in Lake Rotomahana, New Zealand. Photo by Dan Fornari, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. link