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RE: Bird analysis update 3: reweighting
Tim Williams wrote:
< _Longisquama_ was found in the Fergana Valley, now divided between divided
among Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. _Longisquama_ was found in
the Kyrgyz sector. The Fergana Valley is one of those Central Asian
"trouble spots": ethnic violence broke out in 1989-90, and Tajik guerillas
of a militant-Islamic persuasion infiltrated Kyrgyzstan in the late 1990's
to stir up trouble. I'm not sure what the current geopolitical situation
is, but it may not be favorable to paleontological operations.
The sauropod _Ferganasaurus_ was also found in the Fergana Valley of
Kyrgyzstan, but from a later formation than the one that yielded
_Longisquama_. _Ferganasaurus_ was excavated in the 1960's, back when the
Soviet regime had a stranglehold on this neck of the woods. How times have
Islam strikes again!
I have been wondering about the Islamic view of creation. We all have a
good giggle at Christian fundamentalists and their unwillingness to accept
evolution, but what does the Koran say?