Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Eat Your Heart Out Mr. Giraffe

It seems that school is shutting down early today, out of respect for the huge quantities of water currently falling from the sky. While I prepare myself psychologically for the long, miserable walk to my car, you can all have a look at this amusing news brief from Scientific American:

Scientists have unearthed the fossil of an ancient aquatic reptile that sported a neck almost twice as long as its meter-long body. The 1.7-meter-long neck appears to have been too rigid to twist around in search of prey, however, so its function was at first uncertain. “This animal was one of those things that comes along and says 'wait a minute, you don't know as much as you thought you did'” about what long necks are good for, says Michael LaBarbera of the University of Chicago, one of the authors of a paper detailing the find published today in Science.


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