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Thursday, January 30, 2003

4 wings good, 2 wings bad
So for some odd reason, the recent fossil discovery of an apparent four-winged dinosaur came to mind. The artist's conception above really drives home to me what a kooky-looking creature this must've been. Especially seeing it glide from tree to tree.

The accompanying thought I had regarding this find was, it just must have absolutelly pissed off creationists and other fundamentalist Bible/Torah/Koran-thumpers. Just seeing this ridiculous-looking critter, and knowing that most people handily accept that it once actually existed, probably drives religious types nuts. From their perspective, it's mind-boggling that the majority of the populace will believe in this Dr. Seuss-looking beast and the role of evolution in natural history, instead of what seems a more rational religious explanation.

Admittedly, it's possible that this fossil is being reconstructed all (or partly) wrong, and this dino didn't look anything like what we now imagine. But I still find humor in this.