Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Jurassic Period
Another Insert

Humans seem to have a fascination with dinosaurs highlighted at age 7.

There may be physical evidence of the Jurassic timeline, but as our experiences are holographic inserts, try to view reality from that perspective - especially as merge is occurring. As of 2014 the RHIC (Rick) and the LHC - the only operating hadron colliders in the world - both breaking boundaries so please pay attention. One of them will breach reality when the algorithm of our experience ends at Zer0.

Films ...

In sci-fi films, people sometimes time travel back to that timeline but it's all just a story - a film strip set in time for you to experience vicariously triggering fear. We seem to be programmed for fear as a wake-up mechanism.

Do you remember seeing any of the Jurassic Park films? I saw the first of the series - screenplay by Michael Crichton - directed by Steven Spielberg. On June 12, 2015 the next in the series opens in US theaters - Jurassic World and getting lots of hype. I'm sure my grandchildren will see it.

In the news ...

Wales' 'first meat-eating' Jurassic dinosaur on show   BBC - June 9, 2015
A fossilized skeleton of a meat-eating Jurassic dinosaur found on a south Wales beach is being revealed to the public for the first time. The small theropod dinosaur - a distant cousin of the giant Tyrannosaurus rex - was uncovered by spring storms in 2014 at Lavernock, Vale of Glamorgan. Fossil-hunting brothers Nick and Rob Hanigan made the discovery and are donating it to National Museum Wales.

About ...

Jurassic is a geologic period and system that extends from 201.3± 0.6 Ma (million years ago) - from the end of the Triassic to the beginning of the Cretaceous. The Jurassic constitutes the middle period of the Mesozoic Era, also known as the Age of Reptiles. The start of the period is marked by the major Triassic-Jurassic extinction event. Two other extinction events occurred during the period: the Late Pliensbachian/Early Toarcian event in the Early Jurassic, and the Late Tithonian event at the end; however, neither event ranks among the "Big Five" mass extinctions.

The Jurassic is named after the Jura Mountains within the European Alps, where limestone strata from the period were first identified. By the beginning of the Jurassic, the supercontinent Pangaea had begun rifting into two landmasses, Laurasia to the north and Gondwana to the south. This created more coastlines and shifted the continental climate from dry to humid, and many of the arid deserts of the Triassic were replaced by lush rainforests.

On land, the fauna transitioned from the Triassic fauna, dominated by both dinosauromorph and crocodylomorph archosaurs, to one dominated by dinosaurs alone. The first birds also appeared during the Jurassic, having evolved from a branch of theropod dinosaurs. Other major events include the appearance of the earliest lizards, and the evolution of therian mammals, including primitive placentals. Crocodylians made the transition from a terrestrial to an aquatic mode of life. The oceans were inhabited by marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, while pterosaurs were the dominant flying vertebrates. Read more