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RE: Dino Autopsy and Dino Death Trap programs



The two shows were ok but there was the typical
'intersteller leap of faith' when interpreting the
results of some of the scientific experiments.
For instance, in Dino Death Traps, they suggested the
dinosaurs were killing and eating one another and then
got trapped, hence their superposition on top of one
another and the poses in death. More simple
explanation (but not good for gee-whiz programming) is
that the dinosaurs simply wandered into the mucky ash
pits at different times and got stuck, with the weight
of the subsequent dinosaur bodies contorting the dinos
already encased underneathe.
In Dino Autopsy, the speculation ran rampant and fast
regarding the DNA and CT scanning. The results given
at the end of the show were inconclusive and somewhat
disappointing. A friend (with boeing) has indicated
that further scanning has shown:
 'interesting 
shapes within the interior cavity of the Hadrosaur
that was not on the show.'
 Furthermore, 
'Phil Manning, the Paleontologist from Oxford that is
studying the Hadrosaur, thinks the 
images could be organs??' 
Seems like this Phil Manning is really looking for a
breakthrough with this dinosaur and conjures up many
speculative ideas that are borderline scientific. In
the show, they seemed to take great pride in stating
that dinosaurs can now be shown to be longer due to
the evidence of gaps between the vertebrae, indicating
there were discs in place. What a surprise!!! Me
thinks that if there are folks out there believing
there was vert to vert contact without discs, then how
the heck would there be any flexibility in movement? 
Too much drama and not enough good science in both of
the shows. My question is what to do with the
mummified hadrosaur now if CT scanning does not work?
How does one get to the 'goodies' underneathe the skin
impressions without disturbing or harming the
beautiful impressions?

Bob Simon




      
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