Fossils tell us a lot about ancient life, but there are some things that are almost never found fossilized, such as internal organs. Even fecal matter has managed to become fossilized, and fossil dinosaur dung is called coprolites. Various samples of it have been found, not only from dinosaurs, but mammoths and even prehistoric sharks.
Now, from the Umbrian Badlands of Italy comes a unique find. Judging from bits of squid beaks found in a rock sample, it appears that scientists have found the first sample of fossilized ambergris, or whale droppings. Ambergris is produced by sperm whales to protect their digestive system as they consume their multi-tentacled prey or eat bones or teeth of other animals.
While people have long believed ambergris was vomited by the square-headed cetaceans, it does in fact come from the other end of their digestive system. The sample in question was recovered in 2011 by a group from the University of Perugia in a section of Umbria known for Pleistocene ocean remains, especially sperm whales.
After long study, the Italian team found traces of squid molecules and mammalian digestive chemicals in the fossil, and although the analysis isn’t 100 percent foolproof, fossilized whale poop is the most logical answer at this time.
Is it just me, or does the fact that India, a land where millions are in danger of dying from disease and malnutrition, has spent $5 billion to build its own aircraft carrier sounds like an unfeeling and uncaring nation? Does India even have enough qualified pilots to handle the planes that will be on here? Oooh, I’m shaking in my boots about it. Mighty world power India now has an aircraft carrier. Who are they going to use it against–Pakistan, maybe Sri Lanka? Wonder how much help we gave them in building this?
New smartphones seem to center around better cameras. This year’s “next big thing” was the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its 13 megapixel camera, and the new Nokia Lumia 1020 with its astounding 41 megapixel camera, which makes that phone thicker than most of its contemporaries, and now word has leaked out (along with some pictures) that Sony is readying a 20 megapixel phone called the Honami. The question is: are people willing to spend a lot more for a phone with a better camera, or will they stick with a handheld camera and their old phones? Current reports show that smartphone sales are leveling off, and older models are doing great sales in developing countries.
This is going to start trouble, but a review of 63 studies spread over decades shows that religious people are “less intelligent” than atheists. The studies go on to say that intelligent people are more likely to be married and successful, meaning they need religion less. One study said that intelligent children grasp religion early in life but learn to distance themselves from it later on in life as they develop disbelief in or doubt about the notion that there is a God. In my case it developed early in life as I encountered descendants of the race of extraterrestrials who created Jesus with artificial insemination experiments, a plot which is vaguely discussed in the Bible, where it’s explained that Mary was unable to conceive, but after a visit by “angels” (or scientists, to use the correct term) she became pregnant and gave birth to the “son of God”.
Here’s my latest article on Examiner.com about the diversity of ceratopsians (horned dinosaurs). For some reason the whole title didn’t print correctly but the article is complete.
MY show has been forced off the air for over two years now, but I’m far from done. If I can find a way to afford it again, I will be back on the air and use my show to push through my Presidential campaign and entertain you again with great music.
The last four Presidential elections have seen my votes raise steadily upwards, even though they haven’t been large enough to catch the media’s eye. Of course, that’s because the media has been warned by the Feds not to report an me. You see, I have ideas that would actually work to fix our problems, and they don’t want that. With my 2012 numbers at over 400.000 votes, though, it’s getting harder to sweep me under the rug. Once again in 2016, I will attempt to go through the normal channels for the election, but if that fails, get ready to write me in as you have in the last few elections.