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Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007, 03:06 pm
static_hiss: snarking on the news

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/11/071121-giant-scorpion.html

"This is an amazing discovery," Braddy said.

"We have known for some time that the fossil record yields monster millipedes, supersized scorpions, colossal cockroaches, and jumbo dragonflies," he added. "But we never realized, until now, just how big some of these ancient creepy-crawlies were."


Ummmm... what about Pterygotus? Hasn't it been known for years that eurypterids got really, really frickin' huge? There was one in Walking With Monsters, fer chrissakes. Or is that extra estimated 0.2 meters really REALLY shocking? "Never realized until now"? Huh??

Eh, science news for the general public. Gotta love it. ;)

Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
dinogrrl

An extra .2 meters is SERIOUS BUSINESS.

Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
soren_grey

I thought the same thing when I saw that posted somewhere else this morning. WTF. I'd seen those in books when I was a kid.

Fri, Nov. 23rd, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
baron_army

In my opinion, stories like this are just fine. They help spark interest in the general public. I know it's easy for us scientists to sit and snark at the stories from our ivory towers, couches, or other vantage point. Stories like these do not retard public knowledge/education -- rather do the opposite and, as many realize, there is a serious problem with science education in this country.