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See That Cute Little Birdie? April 12, 2007

Posted by Michael in Science.

Consider this little fellow, for example. It’s a Tufted Titmouse — a cute bird with an even cuter name.

Scientists are increasingly validating the Jurassic Park notion that they are the remnants of this guy:


This is good news, in my opinion. It means that 60 or 70 million years from now, there could be likable and good-looking descendants of Brewfan.

For the first time, researchers have read what they say is the biological signature of a tyrannosaur — a signature that confirms the increasingly accepted view that modern birds are the descendants of dinosaurs.

The signature doesn’t come from studying the shape of the 68 million-year-old dinosaur’s fossilized bones, but from analyzing the organic material found inside those bones. It’s not DNA — despite what you’ve seen in movies like “Jurassic Park,” that genetic material couldn’t be recovered. But researchers say it’s the next-best thing: collagen proteins that were isolated using techniques on the very edge of what’s possible today.

T. Rex Analysis Supports Dino-Bird Link

In honor of the research regarding the genetic composition of collagen compounds, I am offering a musical double-header:




1. Tushar D - April 12, 2007

It does kind of look like a mouse. But it has no tits.

2. Wickedpinto - April 13, 2007

hehe you said titmouse.

3. Wickedpinto - April 13, 2007

is there such a thing as a titswallow? cuz that will cause me to crack a rib.

4. Wickedpinto - April 13, 2007

heheheh, male chickens are called “cocks” what do they call male swallows?

If it’s cock-swallow, I will have nightmares, and crack another rib.

5. Mrs. Michael - April 14, 2007

When I was a kid the zipper opening on mens and boys jeans was called the “barn door” and there IS such a thing as a barn swallow….

6. Retired Geezer - April 14, 2007

When I was a kid the zipper opening on mens and boys jeans was called the “barn door”

Mrs. Geezer talks about ‘dead soldiers’… what’s that all about?


7. Mrs. Michael - April 14, 2007

You will have to ask Mrs. Geezer.

“Dead soldiers” to me are empty beer bottles ’cause that is what my dad calls them.

And when you get a bucket of iced-down beer — they really do look dead when you put the empties up-side-down in the bucket.

8. Wickedpinto - April 16, 2007

Mrs. Michael is funny.

Prolly why she married michael cuz it takes a woman with a rather significant sense of humor to marry and mother the children of a man who think’s he’s batman.

mrs. Michael, you are an honorary peacetime marine.

9. jojo - March 29, 2008

that bird is very cute!

10. Michael - March 29, 2008

Dang, I had completely forgotten about this post.

I’m proud of it. You’ve got science, pictures, a great Brewfan joke, and two excellent music selections.

You can’t ask for more than that.

11. BrewFan - March 29, 2008

The likable and good-looking descendants already exist. Don’t make me break out the pics of the grandkids.

12. Who killed Cock Robin? 'I' said the Amish - March 29, 2008

Fairly clever joke by Mrs M at #5

13. Michael - March 29, 2008

Fairly clever joke by Mrs M at #5

Yes, clever, and very risque for her. She was trying to fit in.

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