Its all about finding new relatives, as the most derided category of the avian family gets hunky new grandpas- the T-rex, as revealed in this story here.
The BBC report has the following delightful quote below the following picture:
“The resemblance may not be immediately obvious”
Our own species didn’t do quite as well in the ‘relatives sweepstake’, picking up Gorillas as closely related ancestors, serving as “prototypes for modern chimps and humans“, and whose bequeaths to human-kind are hardly of the admirable type.
Which brings one to an interesting point, in Peter Jackson’s “King Kong?”, didn’t our ancestor kick chicken ancestors’s rears? Was it merely a dumb action movie or a portrayal of epic geneological struggle played across millions of years?
The only journey that matters, of course, is that how you and me descended over hundreds of thousands of years from a certain Mr. Adam, living in Southwest Africa.
Here’s an excellent learning site, which tracks genotypic markers (like mitochondrial DNA, Y chromosome traits etc) to delineate human migration and present it in an absorbing manner, with interactive charts, photographs and myth-busters. A favorite myth of mine that was busted, was that Neanderthals were NOT human ancestors but an evolutionary dead-end, akin to a branch of evolution that didnt quite make it.
There are recent evidences that may challenge the above theory of Africa being the ‘cradle’ (pardon the cliche) of modern humans. Exciting debate lies ahead.
In another note, scientists have concluded global warming is indeed real, since the Rockies have warmed up sooner this year. Its a relief that they didnt fly through Minnesota, or they might have missed their flight due to a very non-contemporary winter storm. Maybe noone read the current world news to Minnesota weather, which is frankly behaving like a snub all season long.
Awful though it may sound, a more self-explanatory title was never written. More power to phylogeny and reasonable use of tax-payer’s money…