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Mating Turtles Fossilized Instantly


first_imgEvolutionary paleontologists have a mystery on their hands: how did turtles in the act of mating become fossilized?Most of the news media are amusing themselves with prurient attention on turtle sex, using double entendres and French or Latin expressions to remind themselves that “turtles do it,” too: “Palaeontologists catch turtles in flagrante,” PhysOrg headlined, while Live Science put up in bold type, “Coitus Interruptus: Ancient Turtle Sex Fossilized” (we’ll spare our readers further titillating examples of sexting as news).A more obvious question reporters seem to be skipping over is, how quickly would an animal have to be buried to be preserved in the sex act?  The BBC News article showed a photograph of the exquisite preservation of one of the pairs of fossils claimed to be 47 million years old.  About nine pairs have been found at the Messel Pit in Germany, most of them apparently in mating positions.Evolutionary paleontologists were not without a turtle tale to tell.  The BBC News article told it this way:Researchers think the turtles had initiated sex in the surface waters of the lake that once existed on the site, and were then overcome as they sank through deeper layers made toxic by the release of volcanic gases.The animals, still in embrace, were then buried in the lakebed sediments and locked away in geological time.Notwithstanding the romantic visions in this tale, wouldn’t turtles drifting downward in a toxic lake have become separated?  Wouldn’t their bodies have decayed on the bottom before enough sediments could bury them?  Only Nature News mentioned reasons why this explanation makes little sense:Edwin Cadena, a doctoral student in palaeontology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, agrees that the study shows “strong evidence to consider this the first case of coupling captured in the fossil record of vertebrates”. More controversial, he says, is the interpretation of what the Messel lake was like. The notion of a stratified lake works as an explanation for the turtles’ fate, Cadena says, “but not so well for other fossils found at Messel, for example bats or birds or even other small mammals”. If the upper layers of the lake were inhabitable, Cadena asks, then what caused the death of airborne and terrestrial animals? The turtles are just part of an ongoing fossil mystery.That was the last sentence: they left it as a mystery.These specimens add to a long list of fossils showing nearly instantaneous burial: ichthyosaurs trapped while giving birth, fish caught while swallowing other fish, fish with undigested small fish in their stomachs.  How many seconds does turtle sex take?  Are we to believe they remained in mating posture long enough to sink to the bottom of a lake and wait to be buried, even if poisons in the water killed them on the way down? Wouldn’t Tom Turtle shout, “Gasp! I can’t breathe!” and disengage from Myrtle Turtle?  We can’t assume turtles would have the same priorities as humans.Rapid burial with exquisite preservation as found in this and so many other fossils speaks of catastrophic conditions.  Since the evolutionists can only offer made-up stories and mysteries, let their explanations be ruled out in favor of explanations that can account for the observations.  Remember that “geological time” is a moyboy* phrase that locks away evolutionary mysteries out of sight, out of mind.*A moyboy is someone who thinks that “millions of years, billions of years” solves every problem in evolutionary theory. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Embattled Olympic boxing body picks Russia for 2019 worlds


first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments FILE – This a Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 file photo of AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu as he poses for picture with referees in the ring after the final matches at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The embattled governing body of Olympic boxing has picked Russia to host the 2019 men’s world championships, amid reports of a no-confidence vote against President Ching-Kuo Wu. The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, says its executive committee chose Sochi to host the two-yearly event. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)MOSCOW — The embattled governing body of Olympic boxing has picked Russia to host the 2019 men’s world championships, amid reports of a no-confidence vote against President Ching-Kuo Wu over concerns about the Switzerland-based body’s finances.The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, said its executive committee chose 2014 Winter Games host city Sochi to stage the biennial event. The 2017 edition opens Aug. 25 in Hamburg, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ AIBA said a statement would be made later Tuesday.Wu and AIBA have repeatedly denied claims of a potential financial crisis for the organization due to investors wanting to call in sums of several millions of dollars.In other hosting decisions Monday, AIBA awarded both the 2021 men’s world championships and 2018 women’s championships to New Delhi, India. The 2019 women’s worlds will be staged in Trabzon, Turkey.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelino twins get the job done against Saladocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo AIBA’s ruling committee, meeting Monday in Moscow, also picked the Russian capital to host its 2018 congress of member federations.An AIBA statement on the hosting decision did not mention a reported rebellion against Wu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe New York Times said a 12-2 vote was passed Monday against Wu, who has led AIBA for 11 years.The Taiwanese official is also a longstanding International Olympic Committee member who has sat on its executive board since 2012. He was one of six candidates in the IOC presidential election in 2013. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more


Is Garry Kasparov Too Old To Dominate Chess Again


Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion and probably the best player ever to play the game, has come out of retirement and returned to competitive chess. He has suited up for this week’s Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, a 10-player round-robin tournament that consists of relatively speedy games and features some scarily strong competition. Four of the 10 competitors are in the world’s top 10.The chess world was abuzz with news of the return; Kasparov hasn’t played competitively since 2005. But the open question was how well he could perform against the young guns across the table. Kasparov is 54 years old, after all. To get some insight into how chess skill might decline with age, I downloaded the most recent FIDE rating list, from the beginning of August. This lists ranks all the players registered with the game’s international governing body according to their Elo rating.1These lists are currently published monthly; they were published quarterly in earlier years. The end result was a data set with more than 280,000 players and their respective ratings. These are all the players currently rated by FIDE, although some of them, such as Kasparov, are flagged as “inactive,” meaning that they haven’t played a rated game in a year or more. (To estimate a given player’s age, we subtracted his or her birth year from 2017.) The result is shaped like a large floating apostrophe of mortality. After a steep increase in players’ early years (youth is wasted on the young), the estimated trend in ratings peaks just after age 38, before beginning a long, slow, irreversible and depressing decline (kinda like real life).But when the ratings are plotted this way, Kasparov’s outlier status becomes clear — his most recent rating, established before he retired in 2005, is 2812. If he were active in classical chess tournaments, that’d put him second in the world, behind the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who is 26.Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Kasparov for the title in 2000, noted in a 2015 interview that he was in his mid-20s at the time. “In fact, chess is a game for the young,” he said.As I write, Kasparov is near the bottom of the pack in St. Louis, with five draws and a loss through his first six games. Ian Nepomniachtchi, a 27-year-old Russian grandmaster, is in first place.After the first day of play, Kasparov retweeted the following: read more