Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now Starting for the Celtics: Chilly Willy!

In the words of the immortal Hank Hill, what the hell?

Researchers discover fossils of penguins the size of NBA players
Researchers have discovered fossils of a 250-pound penguin on Antarctica's Seymour Island, reports. Palaeeudyptes klekowskii lived some 37 million to 40 million years ago.

That period was "a wonderful time for penguins, when 10 to 14 species lived together along the Antarctic coast," a researcher tells New Scientist. Researchers put the penguins' length at about 6-feet-7, New Scientist reports, or "tall enough to play in the NBA," as Discovery puts it.
A 250-pound, 6-and-a-half foot tall penguin? It's bad luck even seeing a thing like that... Of course, the article has to link to a ZOMG GLOBAL WARMING WILL KILL ALL TEH PENGUINZ!!!!111 scaremonger piece, but the fossil part is cool. It's really amazing how much has changed since this mudball got started.

Dinosaurs and fossils always fascinated me growing up. I'd probably have gone into archaeology if I'd grown up somewhere cool, like the Dakotas or the southwest, and had access to the possibility of fossils. Reconstructing history from the fragments left behind? Yeah, that's cool as heck.

I'm just trying to figure out who would be the Celtics' starting center if there were a giant 7-foot tall penguin to draft...

That is all.


Dave H said...

Considering penguins have the reach of a paralyzed squirrel and jump almost as poorly as I do, you probably don't want them playing basketball for you.

I'm thinking football, offensive line. Do you want to try to rush the QB with a 10 inch beak pointed at your face when you're lining up?

Old NFO said...

LOL, I was thinking the same as Dave, jump??? not so much... :-)

Anonymous said...

A 6 1/2 foot tall Penguin would have kicked Batman's ass.



NotClauswitz said...

Archaeology is pretty cool if you don't mind living the rest of your like in a cheap motel or out a tent - and spending all the rest of your time with hairy University hippie chicks named Sage...

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