The limestone rock in the Jura is a Jurassic period rock with numerous fossils and dinosaur tracks. The name Jurassic actually refers to the Jura region where these fossils were studied at the end of the 18th century. The Jura is considered one of the most important sites for dinosaur footprints in the world. In one area near the village of Courtedoux, over 1,500 footprints were discovered in between 2002 and 2004 with an estimated 4,000-5,000 footprints still undiscovered.
aaaaah... just one more thing, Mr. Spielberg....... if da were made in soft material, how were the impressions preserved while the material hardened? Wouldn't wind or tides or other fluid phenomena have wiped dem out? ...unless dey were covered by some protective material in the interim? Aaaah... can you explain what the talking mountains are telling us? I'm kinda puzzled...
First Dinosaur Tracks from the Arabian Peninsula (excerpted)
The evolutionary history of Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrates from the Arabian Peninsula is virtually unknown. Despite vast exposures of rocky outcrops, only a handful of fossils have yet been described from the region. Here we report a multi-taxon dinosaur track assemblage near Madar village, 47 km north of Sana'a, Republic of Yemen. This represents the first dinosaur tracksite from the Arabian Peninsula, and the only multi-taxon dinosaur ichnosite in the Middle East.
The earliest sauropods are described from Upper Triassic of South Africa , indicating that the initial diversification of the group likely occurred before the separation of much of Pangaea, and as with the ornithopods, certainly predated the breakup of Gondwana. By the mid-Jurassic, sauropod dinosaurs are known from either body fossils or footprints from every major continental landmass except Antarctica , indicating a more or less global distribution.
...so deir tracks, eggs, skeletons, nests, etc. are preserved, in many cases, structurally intact, ...on every continent except Antarctica...but deir habitat has been obliterated beyond recognition... can you explain dis, Mr. Spielberg? Because forensic study of past tsunamis in the U.S. Pacific Northwest shows alternating layers of sand and mud as water flowed alternately inland and seaward as serial tsunamis struck the coast, presumably from seismic events at the offshore tectonic subduction zone...
The 1700 Cascadia Cascadia Coast Earthquake - Tsunami Deposits along the (excerpted)
Joanne Bourgeois, a researcher from the , reported that sand sheets covering the buried wetlands along coastal Washington and Oregon closely resemble sand sheets deposited on lowlands of southern Chile by the great tsunami that followed the 1960 Chilean earthquake. Mary Reinhart, also from the University of Washington, studied the thickness of the Washington sand deposits and concluded that they are the result of what was likely a 10 meter tsunami along Washington's coast.
These sand sheets are layers of ocean sand in between and mud. Atwater, Bourgeois, Rinehart and others believe that these sand sheets were created when a series of tsunami waves washed over subsided regions of the coastline and deposited sand, which later became covered over in mud.
Researchers considered the possibility that these sand deposits might be the result of nonseismic processes such as storms. However, Bourgeois and Reinhart's studies of these buried sediments and computer generated model simulations concluded that gigantic waves are the best explanation.
...perhaps you could clear up the mystery... of apparent global tsunamis (lateral water flows)... occurring over what are now mountains...
(Update: 08-09-09: On the History Channel's "Prehistoric Monsters Revealed" (erred at 9 a.m. 08-02-09) the paleon-tell-lie-gists said that in 99.9% of the cases, specimens are not preserved as fossils. Preservation in sediments is very rare. I'm somewhat puzzled by these statements. Aren't carcasses much more durable than footprints? If carcass preservation is extremely rare, wouldn't footprint preservation be almost, or totally, non-existent? They sound more like parrots than scientists.)
Geologic time scale (excerpted)
- (logical fallacy) A fallacious objection to an argument or factual claim by appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim; an attempt to argue against an opponent's idea by discrediting the opponent himself.
This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
23And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
24And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
25But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
31And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
The Alpine shepherds have a beautiful custom of ending the day by singing to one another an evening farewell. The air is so crystalline that the song will carry long distances. As the dusk begins to fall, they gather their flocks and begin to lead them down the mountain paths, singing, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. Let us praise His name!"
And at last with a sweet courtesy, they sing to one another the friendly farewell: "Goodnight! Goodnight!" The words are taken up by the echoes, and from side to side the song goes reverberating sweetly and softly until the music dies away in the distance.
So let us call out to one another through the darkness, till the gloom becomes vocal with many voices, encouraging the pilgrim host. Let the echoes gather till a very storm of Hallelujahs break in thundering waves around the sapphire throne, and then as the morning breaks we shall find ourselves at the margin of the sea of glass, crying, with the redeemed host, "Blessing and honor and glory be unto him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever!"
"This my song through endless ages,
Jesus led me all the way."
Hosea 91Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
2The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
3They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
4They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
5What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
6For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
7The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
8The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
9They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
10I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
11As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
13Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
14Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
16Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
17My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.