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Fossil of "Sphinx" discovered in NE China
People's Daily Online ^ | 24 Jan 2006 | People's Daily Online

Posted on 01/24/2006 5:42:09 PM PST by Tyche

The legendary "Sphinx" eventually found its counterpart version in archeological fossil. Chinese and American paleontologists found two distinct kinds of bone characteristics in the fossil of a sharp-mouthed mammal excavated in China's Liaoning province. The mammal's upper part makes people believe it was viviparous while its lower part looks like oviparous, reports Wen Hui Daily.

The latest issue of the British magazine Nature reports the unprecedented discovery. The magazine editor as well as paleontologists marveled at the discovery and believed it might change the traditional theory on mammals evolution.

Li Gang, one of the coauthors of the paper, said the existing mammals are classified into two groups - the viviparous therian which have fully evolved bones such as kangaroos and elephants, and the oviparous monotreme which have comparatively primitive bones. The newly discovered fossil possesses the characteristics of both bones, a fact which won it the title "world No.1".

Analysis of the fossil revealed that the mammal was 12 centimeters long and weighed about 15 to 20 grams. It lived about 120 million years ago in early Cretaceous period.

Further examination also found many evolutionary discrepancies. For example, it had the teeth of therians but also retained the lumbar ribs found only in primitive mammals.

So what is the explanation for this peculiar phenomenon of "lion body and human head"? Li Gang reasoned that the mammal finished synchronized evolution for both its upper part and lower part a long time ago. However, for some special survival need it had to let its evolved lower part to "retrogress" into a more primitive state.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: adriennemayor; archaeology; china; crevolist; cyclops; deinotherium; dinosaurs; firstpaleontologists; godsgravesglyphs; paleontology; sphinx
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1 posted on 01/24/2006 5:42:10 PM PST by Tyche
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To: Tyche

Hummmmmmm.


2 posted on 01/24/2006 5:44:20 PM PST by Dustbunny (Can we do it - Yes we can)
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To: Tyche
"However, for some special survival need it had to let its evolved lower part to "retrogress" into a more primitive state."
Happens all the time. Why, I myself know of quite a few cases where the lower part is more advanced than the upper, and so does everyone else here. Think of bill or hillary.
3 posted on 01/24/2006 5:50:03 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Tyche

Giant platypus, maybe? I understand they are also oviparous, yet are considered to be mammalian (they produce milk-like secretions from their bellies).


4 posted on 01/24/2006 5:50:51 PM PST by alloysteel (There is no substitute for success. None. Nobody remembers who was in second place.)
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To: Tyche

It'll be interesting if these fossils are in fact authentic. China has a history of being the source of paleontological hoaxes...


5 posted on 01/24/2006 5:52:48 PM PST by Renderofveils ("A is for all the tea they taxed, M is for the minutemen they shellaxed...")
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To: Tyche

Sphinxter?


6 posted on 01/24/2006 5:53:16 PM PST by msnimje (http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/shared-blogs/ajc/luckovich/index.html . FREEP THIS HOURLY!)
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To: alloysteel

I'll go for it being an egg-laying shrew.


7 posted on 01/24/2006 6:00:47 PM PST by Rudder
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To: msnimje

I don't know, it looks like she got caught with a mouth
full of something.....


8 posted on 01/24/2006 6:01:53 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68; msnimje

holding back the flow?


9 posted on 01/24/2006 6:02:47 PM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: Tyche
Li Gang reasoned that the mammal finished synchronized evolution for both its upper part and lower part a long time ago. However, for some special survival need it had to let its evolved lower part to "retrogress" into a more primitive state.

Data must be interpreted in such a way so as to support the Theory. That's science. Perhaps the findings can can be peer reviewed by the Lancet -- they accept anything.

10 posted on 01/24/2006 6:31:24 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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"Li Gang reasoned that the mammal finished synchronized evolution for both its upper part and lower part a long time ago. However, for some special survival need it had to let its evolved lower part to "retrogress" into a more primitive state."

Retrograde evolution? That thing needs one of them there reverse beepers, lol.


11 posted on 01/24/2006 6:38:54 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: ClearCase_guy

whoops, animal doesn't fit current family tree...invent something called retrogression and don't worry about it...if we find something later, we can always go to inverted retrogression....


12 posted on 01/24/2006 6:54:07 PM PST by willyd (No nation has ever taxed its citizens into prosperity)
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To: Tyche

Was it feathered?


13 posted on 01/24/2006 6:56:04 PM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Tyche

I'll believe it when a South Korean or Norwegian team confirms it.


14 posted on 01/24/2006 7:16:05 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Mad-Mo! Allah bin Satan commands ye: Bow to him 5 times/day: Head down, @ss-up, and fart at Heaven!)
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To: Tyche; SunkenCiv; blam

Ping


15 posted on 01/24/2006 7:36:35 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being." SCOTUS, Zorach v. Clauson)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Strange sounding creature.


16 posted on 01/24/2006 8:29:34 PM PST by blam
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17 posted on 01/24/2006 9:51:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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18 posted on 01/24/2006 9:53:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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To: Tyche

Sorry. My bad. I'm usually better about locking the cage...


19 posted on 01/24/2006 9:58:06 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Rudder
I'll go for it being an egg-laying shrew.

Obviouly, the Shillarysaur.

20 posted on 01/24/2006 9:58:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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