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Biden restores protections to Utah land where dinosaurs once roamed

In this file photo taken in July 2021 researchers work to excavate dinosaur bones and fossils during an expedition at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

Utah land rich in dinosaur fossils has regained protection stripped away by former President Donald Trump, easing fears that they would be ravaged by mining and other commercial activity.

“Close to 10 percent of all dinosaurs known in the world are from Utah,” said Jim Kirkland, a paleontologist who has explored Utah’s Grand Staircase monument area for nearly 50 years. “It’s pretty remarkable.”

Grand Staircase has a worldwide reputation for the quality and range of dinosaur fossils found.

At the end of 2017, Trump’s administration pulled back borders of three protected areas, two of them in Utah, opening previously safeguarded land to mining and fishing.

The move was popular with industry groups but angered conservationists, researchers, and indigenous tribes.

“When they cut the boundaries back, some sites that are near and dear to my heart, that I had discovered, were chopped out,” Kirkland told AFP.

He was left to hope that the remains of triceratops and other dinosaurs would not be obliterated in the name of corporate profit.

President Joe Biden on Friday restored environmental protections for two wild Utah expanses linked to America’s indigenous history, and also a biodiverse area of the Atlantic.

Biden signed the proclamations at a ceremony on the North Lawn at the White House, restoring the full size and status at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in Utah, as well as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts area off the east coast.

“After the last administration chipped away their protections, today I’m proud to announce the protection and expansion of three of our most treasured national monuments,” he said.

Bones vs Coal

For paleontologists, few regions in the world come close to the Rocky Mountains, with the dinosaur treasures buried there.

During the Late Cretaceous period —100 to 66 million ago years ago, just before the dinosaurs went extinct—all kinds of dinosaurs and mammals inhabited the area.

Researchers continue to be amazed by the diversity and abundance of dinosaur bones found here, along with how well they have been preserved.

A few scattered vertebrae are not enough to identify a previously unknown species. To do that, scientists need many parts of a skeleton and, ideally, specimens from several of the creatures.

“So many of our duck-billed dinosaurs, like this one, are still covered with the impressions of their skin; you can see their scales,” said Joe Sertich, dinosaurs curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

“The mudstone and sandstone of Grand Staircase preserve some of the best quality dinosaur bones you’ll see anywhere in the world.”

But the land is also rich in minerals such as coal and it is of interest to the tourism industry and ranchers.

Sertich believes the competing interests could co-exist, but taking away protected status opens the door to theft, vandalism, and destruction.

“When you operate a coal mine… many of these fossils are lost forever,” Sertich told AFP during a tour of the museum.

The last dinosaur

And while some may think that digging up dinosaur bones is not a priority, scientists say studying how they lived and died provides a better understanding of climate change threatening life today.

“By going back into dinosaur ecosystems, we learn a lot about the world around us right now,” Sertich said.

“This is the only way we can learn how evolution works on millions-of-year time scales.”

He has been combing the Grand Staircase for fossils for 17 years.

“Being able to find to find new dinosaurs every time you spend one or two weeks out in the field is unlike anything you can do anywhere,” the museum curator said.

Sertich pointed to bones from a new species of domed dinosaur that were unearthed just five meters from Trump’s shrunken boundary line.

“By preserving a place like this, we have this repository where dinosaurs can always be discovered,” Sertich said.


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Michigan boy finds historic mastodon tooth in Rochester Hills creek

DETROIT, Mich. — A 6-year-old boy noticed something on the ground while on a family walk in Michigan last month. It turned out to be a mastodon tooth.

Appropriately enough, he found it at the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, WDIV reported.

“I just felt something on my foot and I grabbed it up, and it kind of looked like a tooth,” 6-year-old Julian Gagnon said.

At first, they thought it was your standard rock, and given the name of the nature center, maybe even a dinosaur tooth.

RELATED: Researchers now have an estimate for just how many T. rex once roamed Earth

However, after a quick Google search, they realized it belonged to a mastodon.

“At first I thought I was going to get money. I was gonna get a million dollars. So embarrassing right now,” Gagnon said.

But that’s not what happened next.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontologists confirmed the family’s hunch.

RELATED: Field Museum exhibit lets you smell the breath of Sue the T. Rex

Not only that, but that it is a rare discovery.

“Honestly, I’m a little jealous, personally, because mining fossils is something that I wish I could do every day,” said Abby Drake with the U of M Museum of Natural History.

They have a pretty rare exhibit on mastodons and while it is known as the state’s fossil, finding what’s left of them is hard to come by.

“It’s hard to be preserved as a fossil when an animal dies, most of the time it is scavenged,” Drake added.

Gagnon’s dad wanted to throw the tooth back but both the boy and the nature center believe a valuable lesson can be learned from all of this.

RELATED: Farmer discovers new Tyrannosaur species in Canada, one of the oldest of its kind ever found

“The great thing about nature is you never know what you’re going to find and that even if you are an expert, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be the one to find things,” said Amanda Felk, program director at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.

That’s what makes this so incredible. Mastodons date back to 12,000 years and this discovery is a nod to both history and the future.

“I really wanted to be an archaeologist, but I think that was a sign that I’m going to be a paleontologist,” Gagnon said.

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A Theoretical Day at Animal Kingdom with Lightning Lanes & Genie+

This 1-day itinerary for Animal Kingdom offers a step-by-step plan using Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. In it, we present ride priorities, answer questions, and explain how paid FastPass will work while visiting Walt Disney World using the new line-skipping options.

Note that this Walt Disney World Genie+ plan for Animal Kingdom is an academic exercise, making assumptions about how Genie+ and Lightning Lanes will work in practice. It’s based on our years of experience with MaxPass (the inspiration for Genie+) as and paper FastPasses in Florida and beyond. Walt Disney World’s upcoming Genie+ service is convoluted and costly, but should work similarly to legacy FastPass and digital MaxPass.

While there are some unknowns about how Genie+ will change the touring equation at Animal Kingdom, there’s uncertainty with literally any itinerary. Crowd levels and wait times vary, attractions experience downtime, and there are unique wrinkles to any day in DAK. Just like a normal touring plan, there’s a lot here that we can pull from past precedent, historical wait time data, and extensive experience with similar systems at Animal Kingdom…

This is intended to supplement our Lightning Lane and Genie+ at Walt Disney World FAQ. A lot of you have had questions, and we’ve tried to answer most of the common ones there. However, many are about specific scenarios and that FAQ would be as long as a Tolstoy novel if we addressed each one there.

Instead, we’re going to explain by showing via a hypothetical day at Animal Kingdom, which will hopefully address a lot of concerns/questions/etc. If you’re a type A vacation planner, hopefully this will give you some peace of mind about how Genie+ and Lightning Lanes will work on your Walt Disney World vacation coming up in late October through December 2021.

The good news is that Walt Disney World recently provided us with an update about the Genie system and a tech demo about how it’ll work. From this we learned quite a lot, have far more certainty, and official details. (Basically, all of that just confirmed what we already strongly suspected, but there was reader doubt about those assumptions, so it’s nonetheless nice to have clarity.)

In general, our advice for first-timers is to purchase Genie+ on days of aggressive touring and in parks where it’ll be most advantageous. Meaning it’ll be wise to buy for one day at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios each. Individual attraction selections (Magic Carpet Access) are a different story, as are Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

However, our recommendation is that most visitors do not purchase Genie+ at Animal Kingdom. There are a couple of reasons for this, along with a couple of potential exceptions. The biggest reason for skipping Genie+ at Animal Kingdom is that it’s not likely to save much time as compared to an efficient itinerary. Animal Kingdom will only have 8 Genie+ attractions, and half of those will offer negligible time savings on most days.

In addition to that, Animal Kingdom does not have consistent wait times throughout the day. Due to entertainment cuts, it’s once again a half-day park, and most guests who arrive early are gone by mid-afternoon. Accordingly, a lot can be accomplished in the last few operating hours–literally every ride in the park–on a normal day.

Simply saving Dinosaur, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Na’vi River Journey for later in the afternoon is going to be as good of a strategy as buying Genie+ and using that in the morning and midday.

In all likelihood, the best use of spending extra money on line-skipping at Animal Kingdom will be for Magic Carpet Access to Avatar Flight of Passage. That’s the one attraction that typically maintains a longer wait time throughout the day, but even that can be “beaten” by rope dropping Flight of Passage or doing it in the last half-hour of the day.

Conversely, paying for Magic Carpet Access at Expedition Everest will be almost entirely pointless. It’s a good roller coaster with sometimes high wait times, but it also doesn’t see crowds until mid-morning and actual wait times drop about as sharply as the ride’s descent into the yeti’s discothèque (I assume that’s the term for a yeti’s home). Oh, and Expedition Everest has Single Rider (for now?).

With all of that said, none of this is one size fits all advice. During the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, or any other time when crowds are heavier, everything at Animal Kingdom can have long wait times. This problem is exacerbated at Animal Kingdom since the park has so few rides, which is why its wait times on peak season days are higher (on average) than the other parks at Walt Disney World.

On days like those, saving time at the non-headliner attractions will add up to the point that it might just be worth the $15 per person. Time is money at Walt Disney World, and if each waking hour of your day on vacation costs $30 or so, saving a few hours for $15 should be a no-brainer.

Park Hopping presents another scenario where Genie+ might be useful even on non-peak days. As we’ve previously discussed, splitting a day between Animal Kingdom and Epcot might be a great option for Genie+. This is especially true given the earlier opening of Animal Kingdom and later closing of Epcot, which would allow you to extend your day by several hours. (Again, vacation time is money!)

A combined DAK and Epcot Genie+ itinerary is something we’ll field test in the near future and share in the coming weeks. With that extensive commentary out of the way, here’s our theoretical 1-Day Animal Kingdom touring plan with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes…

7:00 am – Arrive at Animal Kingdom for Early Entry, available to on-site guests. (See our Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World Info & Strategy Guide for tips & recommendations.)

7:00:01 am – Book Na’vi River Journey via Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of 8 am to 9 am.

7:30 am – Rope drop Avatar Flight of Passage via standby.

8:10 am – Finish Flight of Passage and head towards Na’vi River Journey.

8:12 am – Do Na’vi River Journey via Lightning Lane (Genie+ ride reservation).

8:13 am – Book Dinosaur via Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

8:40 am – Do Expedition Everest via the standby line.

9:30 am – Do Dinosaur via Lightning Lane (Genie+ ride reservation).

9:31 am – Book Kilimanjaro Safaris via Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

9:50 am – Do It’s Tough to Be a Bug via standby.

10:20 am – Head to the Otter Grotto to watch some hilarious hijinks.

10:50 am – Pit stop at Dino-Bite Snacks for a house-made ice cream cookie sandwich, which some say is the (fossil) fuel that powers an efficient day at DAK.

11:15 am – Watch kites crash, the exhilaration from which is what some might say is another fuel that powers an efficient day at DAK.

11:31 am – Book Kali River Rapids via Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of 2 pm to 3 pm.

Note: 11:31 am is chosen because it’s 120 minutes after 9:01 am, which is consistent with the 120 minute rule. Walt Disney World has confirmed that this rule will be in use, with the clock ticking starting at park opening.

11:40 am – Enjoy the distinctly patriotic and carnivorous flavors of Flame Tree BBQ. Delicious smoked meats and a wonderful view makes this an almost transcendent Walt Disney World experience.

(Pro tip: combine the last few itinerary items–KiteTails with a waterfront table at Flame Tree BBQ–to see the backside of kite crashes while eating!)

12:30 pm – Do Celebration of Festival of the Lion King via standby.

1:15 pm – Do Kilimanjaro Safaris via Lightning Lane (Genie+ ride reservation).

1:31 pm – Book another Genie+ reservation for…I dunno…Feathered Friends in Flight?

This is where the wheels start to fall off. If you’ve been in Animal Kingdom since Early Entry and have used Genie+ coupled with standby lines in an efficient manner, you should be done (or close to it) with everything but the trails and animal exhibits. Those don’t really require strategy, so I’m not going to enumerate them one by one here.

At this point, you’ll either need to make a decision about whether you want to kill time and stick around Animal Kingdom until the evening (in which case a table service meal is almost essential–in fact, you probably should’ve done a table service lunch, too) or park hop elsewhere. We love Animal Kingdom, but it’s not the most balanced park at Walt Disney World, and being fixated on efficiency early in the day creates problems later with an imbalance of trails and other outdoor options, which can give rise to animal fatigue.

If you do opt to Park Hop, check out our other Genie+ Plans for Walt Disney World:

Keep in mind that those are tailored towards early arrivals, but the prioritization and general ideas should provide some value.

As always, your day at Animal Kingdom will vary based upon crowd levels, capacity allocation, Genie+ reservation times, and other choices you make. It should go without saying, but this is not what you’ll experience, step for step. At the very least, it should illustrate how a day could look using Genie+ at Animal Kingdom for those who never used paper FastPass.

The point here is to illustrate how Genie+ could prove advantageous–or not–for days you opt to purchase the add-on. This day in Animal Kingdom is a check in the “or not” column for us. Frankly, there’s a lot about this day that I didn’t like–it’s imbalanced, featured Kilimanjaro Safaris earlier than I would’ve liked, and didn’t allow enough time for exploration and spontaneity. Beyond Animal Kingdom having fewer rides than the other parks, it’s also a place that lends itself to discovery and exploration rather than a rigid itinerary.

Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Learn about hotels on our Walt Disney World Hotels Reviews page. For where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or determine which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. Our What to Pack for Disney Trips post takes a unique look at clever items to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide for everything you need to know!

YOUR THOUGHTS

Was this 1-Day Animal Kingdom Itinerary w/ Genie+ helpful to illustrate how paid FastPass might work? Think we could accomplish all of this in a single day at Animal Kingdom (or half day, rather) without purchasing individual attraction access to Avatar Flight of Passage or Expedition Everest? Would you like to see a combined Epcot/Animal Kingdom day? Have any questions we didn’t answer with the above? Still confused by how Genie+ or Lightning Lanes will work? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Other thoughts or concerns? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

The Dirty Pair – This Week in Anime

With a a Kickstarter campaign to fund an English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc release underway, Jean-Karlo and Steve check in on the Lovely Angels’ legacy of sci-fi comedy to see if it still holds up.

This series is streaming on RetroCrush and Crunchyroll

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.
Spoiler Warning for discussion of the series ahead.


Steve

Well, Jean-Karlo, since we had such a fun time in the 1980s last week, why don’t we stick around a bit longer and see if there are any other animated classics that recently wriggled their way into the headlines? Oh, on that note, I seem to be getting a very remote transmission. Let me switch to my second monitor.

Jean-Karlo

That’s them, officer! Those are the women that beat me up and took my wallet and broke my Microsoft Dinosaur CD into little pieces and cut me up all over my body and called me a little baby and bonked me on the head!

Oh now I remember them! They’re called the Dirty Pa—

I’ve had a lot of fun with a lot of anime I’ve watched for This Week In Anime, and Dirty Pair is definitely high up on the list. This is a seminal classic of 1980s science fiction anime; it’s legacy and influence runs deep, and it has aged as gracefully as Cate Blanchette (ps: please call me). Right Stuf had the whole shebang on YouTube for a bit, but now it’s up on Crunchyroll too, so Steve and I had to cover it.

Yeah it’s only been a few years since I watched it for the first time myself, but now that it’s streaming on Crunchyroll and RetroCrush—and with a dub + Blu-ray on the way—I’m glad we finally have an easy way to recommend a fun, breezy, and iconic ’80s anime for the general audience. It’s just a few clicks away, no matter what appendage you use to browse the internet!

Mandatory screenshot, because you can’t talk about Dirty Pair without this scene popping up:

Anyway! The Dirty Pair is based off of a series of novels written by Haruka Takachiho in the 1980s about a pair of women that work for the WWWA, a pan-galactic peacekeeping organization. The novels inspired this TV series, OVAs, and movies. When those were brought over to the US, the late Toren Smith went so far as to nab the license and commission Adam Warren to draw a series of comics based off of them – see, in the 80s there wasn’t a Dirty Pair manga Smith could license for his manga studio, Studio Proteus. It wouldn’t be until 2010 that a Dirty Pair manga would finally be released, courtesy of Takachiho and Star Wars manga artist Hisao Tamaki. That’s twenty-five years between the TV adaptation and the manga – most shows lose their relevance after just 25 weeks.

It also means there are a lot of different iterations of Dirty Pair you can find out there, and I’m not too familiar with most of them, but I think the original 1985 TV series is a perfect place to start for the Dirty-curious. The vibes are retro, the music is jazzy, and the hair is floofed to the max. What more could you want?

The key thing to note is that Dirty Pair has its roots in… wrestling, of all things. Joshi wrestling (Japanese women’s wrestling) was huge in the 80s, which is why all those artists of a certain age draw manga of spinster/divorced wrestlers that you can’t show in polite company but can’t buy anyway because they’ve been out-of-print for over a decade now. Ahem. The Dirty Pair were based off of Beauty Pair, which is why every iteration of them dresses them up like wrestlers. It’s also why their organization, the WWWA, looks like the acronym for a wrestling league.

Fun Fact: Dirty Pair was inspired by the legendary 1970s women’s wrestling duo, the Beauty Pair, made up of Jackie Sato and Maki Ueda!
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Even Tamaki’s manga tried to keep the “wrestler” look, even if the outfits are more… shall we say, structurally suspect.

I mean if you’re going to want to have your cheesecake and eat it too, then I can at least respect a series that is upfront about its influences.

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a pretentious coomer, but I find it interesting to look at how the 80s created cheesecake heroines vs today. I’m not saying the Dirty Pair are more refined than Rias Gremory, but I am saying that they feel more like an actual pair of girls living that hot-mess life and who are also hot instead of your average “please buy my body pillow now, m’lord!” fare. Kei and Yuri bicker, steal each others’ eyeliner, hate on guys with chest hair, are possibly in an open bisexual relationship, say “trans rights”, and you will love them for kicking you in the groinular area and stealing your car.

It helps that Dirty Pair is definitely first and foremost a silly sci-fi action series. Like, the premiere eschews any conventional worldbuilding, save for the fact that it wants the audience to know that Yuri and Kei have a reputation, and that reputation is that they are the harbingers of inevitable doom.

Imagine being so bad at your jobs that everyone in the universe has a nickname for you, and that nickname is “Dirty Pair.”

They’re horrible, horrible women who aren’t even old enough to drink (the episode establishes they’re all of 19 years old apiece), but they get results. The first episode has Kei (the redhead with the floof) and Yuri (the blue-haired one) try to deal with Brian, a super-powerful AI who is lashing out against the city after learning that a device has been implanted in his controls that will shut him down if he goes rogue. Way to fulfill your own prophecy, tech-bros!

The episode title alone communicates how I feel nowadays, which is that every moment we’re inching closer to a sorely-needed Butlerian Jihad.

Overall, though, it sets the tone for the series: there’s some space and/or sci-fi problem, and for some reason, Kei and Yuri end up being the problem-solvers of choice. Note: this is never a good idea.

I also wanna take the time to point out that this was made by very, very nerdy Japanese animators in 1985. The background computer panels have all kinds of crazy deep-cuts. Being a nerdy animator in the 80s meant shoving nerdy references into your anime or drawing your missiles as coke bottles before anyone had the tech to actually point that out in your movie. These days, it just means you have Opinions™ on slavery.

Not necessarily a nerdy reference, but a later episode uses musicians as filler text, including one instance of “Eric Crapton.” Now, you might call that a typo, but given the stuff that dude has been saying lately, I’d call it shockingly prescient.

The first episode also establishes Mughi, Kei and Yuri’s long-suffering furbaby who is most likely an overfed coeurl/displacer beast (animators in the 80s were all about 2nd Edition D&D). There’s also Nanmo, the often-forgotten droid that helps Kei and Yuri pilot their ship, the Lovely Angel.

In Stars Wars terms, Mughi is cat Chewie, and Nanmo is R2D2 if R2D2 had sweet kicks, i.e. an objectively better version of R2D2.

There’s a scene in a particularly weird episode where Nanmo heroically sacrifices himself, and Yuri clutches his detached floating booties in memoriam. It’s exquisite.

And don’t worry, he gets better.

As we’ve established, disaster is the name of the game when Kei and Yuri come to town. The first episode ends with Kei and Yuri stopping Brian’s rampage… at the cost of leaving the massive city-tower permanently leaning. There’s a loose continuity at play here, but later episodes that cut back to the tower show it as still under repairs – and still tilted!

It’s a such a good and understated running gag. A visual monument to their seat-of-the-pants lifestyle. The show also occasionally checks in on other people living in the tower, who all want the Dirty Pair’s heads to roll. But if you ask me, I could never hate these most lovely of angels. Mostly because of their impeccable fashion sense.

Fashion in the ’80s was a least 80% headbands, to be fair.

We see more of that fashion in the second episode, where the girls team up with a gruff male agent of the WWWA to investigate and prevent a ship from being bombed. There’s no real serialized continuity here, just plenty of strong character writing as Kei butts heads with a guy she’s convinced she’d hate because “he has chest hair”.

For the record: he doesn’t, but he does have male nipples.

Dirty Pair earns us another notch in the column of “TWIA Series Not Made By Cowards.” And I do like that the series never shies away from their flirtations with men, but also never boxes them into heterosexuality. Like, even ignoring the fun and combative chemistry Kei and Yuri have together, there’s also this episode opening where Kei, wearing a mechanic’s uniform, has her eyes glued to a women’s wrestling match.

Intentional or not, there’s nothing straight about that.

Just gals being pals, appreciating each other’s muscles, taking part in Pride every year.

Just gals tag-team wrestling together.

Just gals talking about going topless and picking up boys, and consoling each other because capitalism gets in the way.

The series is more episodic than anything else, so besides the very strong character writing there isn’t much else here. But that writing is enough. Kei and Yuri win some, they lose some. Some episodes, the girls outsmart their corporate spy rival. Others, they bring the wrong cat back to the lab.

Kei giving that dude a pog with her face on it was a pretty baller move tho.
But yeah, the episodic nature of the series makes it very easy to pick up and put down. I still haven’t seen all of them myself, but I know I can just throw one on whenever I feel like watching these doofuses.

The action also tends to be pretty good! The show may be heavy on goofs, but Kei and Yuri definitely know how to handle themselves.

The TV anime doesn’t really go into the weirder parts of Kei and Yuri’s arsenal, like Yuri’s Bloody Card or their, um, “climax”-fueled ESP. But the action is still top notch for a show from ’85, and it still looks amazing to this day.
It helps that the set-ups for the episodes are so varied too, forcing Kei and Yuri into new scenarios. One episode, for example, has them forced to explore a derelict ship – all while Kei is desperate to get to a hot date with an old flame.

That one’s definitely the strangest out of the first batch of six that we watched. It reaches outside of conventional sci-fi and into the hauntological, with a mad scientist’s dying wish pursuing the Pair and dragging them into a space waste facility. And it’s neat to see the anime try to do something creepy for a change.

Tho I should also clarify that Kei spends about half the episode in her skivvies. Duality of Dirty Pair.

This is also the very tragic episode where Nanmo detonates themselves and all that are left of them are their precious little booties. It’s okay, they’re walking on sunshine now.

I guess the cat episode is pretty weird too, if only for the not-brief-enough glimpse we get into these newlyweds’ bedside manner.

I don’t know what that’s code for, but I’m good not knowing.

Something, something “soaking”.
But yeah, this was a fun running gag. Romeo and Julietta just constantly getting intruded upon by Kei and Yuri. Those gals might be disaster-bis, but they’re not home-wreckers! I mean, they are, but in the literal sense.

Very literal.

Comedy-wise, that cat chase also has my favorite bit in the series so far, with a platoon of cop cars trying to prevent a dangling piece of highway from tilting too far one way or the other, while a foreman lackadaisically chides them for doing it wrong. A very strong mix of physical and visual comedy, and at the expense of cops to boot!

It’s also just plain-old good science fiction, introducing such zany but practical concepts such as a hair bank. See, you go when you’re younger and they extract some of your hair follicles, then when you get older they implant them back into your scalp! And apparently, they’re also highly secured and Member FDIC, so robbing one is as steep a felony as robbing an actual bank!

Also some jokes just write themselves.

That’s another thing, Dirty Pair regularly employs Blues Brothers-looking goons as random bad guys. I dunno, I really miss that trope. Like the random mooks Cutie Honey fights off.

Oh I’m glad you brought that up, because I literally have the exact same note here! We need to go back to the days where all bad guys dressed in identical fedoras and sunglasses, and, ideally, wielded tommy guns. That is peak villain character design, to me.

There’s no coincidence that Cutie Honey and Dirty Pair are each successful franchises based off of ass-kicking bombshells who mow down armies of goons in fedoras. It’s okay if Shotaro Hidari gets mowed down with them – he was soft-boiled anyway. As a man who loves the fedora my grandma got me when I was 23, please make fedoras short-hand for “this guy exists to get pummeled”.

And that goofy spirit is what makes Dirty Pair, above all else, a fun cartoon to watch. You can count on Kei and Yuri kicking ass, being petty, and blowing up a planet or two along the way.

That’s all part of the job at 3WA.

“Petty” is a great word; one of the final episodes we watched had Kei butt heads with a childhood “friend” who was after a cargo she was escorting. The whole episode was nothing but put-downs culminating in Kei just detonating the primped-up loser’s ship. Dude, take the hint, she’s just not into you…

Both sides of the Dirty Pair are very good, but I definitely have a strong bias towards Kei for those reasons and more. She’s got the fluffier hair and the funnier faces, so the math just adds up for me.

Oh, I’m sorry, was I supposed to disagree? Yeah, no, I love blue but Kei is best Dirty Pair girl. Sorry, Yuri.

The Dirty Pair‘s influence, both as characters and as a series, runs deep as I mentioned earlier. 2002’s Kiddy Grade was a very obvious attempt at bringing the formula to the new millennium, but it really failed to capture what was fun about them. They ramped up the fanservice and pretentious backstories for the protagonists, but left out the fun mayhem that they were supposed to wreak. Small wonder it’s largely forgotten. Meanwhile, the Dirty Pair are still going strong, and Nozomi Right Stuf doesn’t have to do much to make folks want to egg the girls on into more destruction. They have a Kickstarter up for the new Dirty Pair Blu-rays, and I hope it goes well because this is a full-on classic of the anime industry. Most younger anime fans might think me an old fogey, but it breaks my heart to think younger fans are missing out on The Dirty Pair. It’s just a lot of fun and they don’t make ’em like this anymore.

And honestly, even if you think you haven’t, you’ve probably already seen some of Dirty Pair giffed into YouTube videos for vaporwave songs, so you might as well check out the full thing. It’s a blast.

Agh! Dammit, they did it again!

“Talking” dinosaur found in Mexico – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In Mexico, paleontologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of the Country (INAH) identified a previously unknown species of “talking” dinosaurs that lived about 73 million years ago.

A summary of the study is published on the official INAH website, and the full version can be found in Cretaceous Research.

The first dinosaur remains were found back in 2013. They were in a swamp in the north of Coahuila State.Then paleontologists found only a tail, by which it was not possible to identify the creature.

The researchers write that they did not lose hope and continued to explore the wetlands. As a result, they managed to find other missing bones of the ancient creature, including 80 percent of its skull, 1.32-meter ridge, hip and shoulder.

The identification was handled by an interdisciplinary team established at INAH. The work was completed only in 2021. Scientists have determined that it was a huge herbivorous dinosaur that died about 72-73 million years ago.

He turned out to be a representative of a species previously unknown to science and received the name Tlatolophus galorum. Scientists have explained that the first name Tlatolophus is derived from the word tlahtolli. In the Nahuatl indigenous language, it means “word” or “statement”. The second part of the name comes from the Greek word lophus, which means “comb”.

The fact is that paleontologists attributed the found creature to the genus of the so-called “talking” dinosaurs. A study of the skull showed that these lizards had ears that could perceive low-frequency sounds.

“They were probably peaceful but talkative dinosaurs,” the researchers said in a statement. “These dinosaurs made loud noises to scare away predators or for reproductive purposes.”

In addition, this lizard possessed a massive crest, which, apparently, had a bright multi-colored coloration. INAH drew attention to the fact that outwardly it resembles a symbol that was often used by ancient Mesoamericans in their manuscripts, and this symbol “served to denote action, communication.”

Scientists note that the remains are very well preserved, which was facilitated by the conditions of their storage. For millions of years, the bones of a deceased dinosaur were in an oily marsh fluid, which, as it were, preserved them.

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MOSCOW, Dec 15 – RIA NovostiPaleontologists have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur with the most unusual appearance ever described by scientists. His thick, long fur mane was combined with two pairs of plates protruding from his shoulders. Published in the journal Cretaceous Research, over the past several decades, paleontologists have discovered many dinosaurs with preserved integumentary structures that provide a better understanding of feather origins and phylogenetic relationships between dinosaurs and birds.Scientists from the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe in Germany, sorting through a collection of fossils, discovered a sample from limestone deposits in northeastern Brazil with the remains of an unknown species of dinosaurs. In size it was no larger than a modern chicken. Having studied the parts of the fossil hidden in the stone using X-ray methods, the researchers were able to study the features of the internal organs, as well as elements of the perfectly preserved outer cover of the animal. “What is especially unusual about this animal is the presence of two very long probably hard plates protruding from his shoulders, which were probably used to attract the attention of a partner, in rivalry or to scare off an enemy, according to one of the authors of the study, David Martill, a professor from Portsmouth university in the UK.“It looks like it’s a male, and young, which is surprising, given that the most difficult means for self-demonstration usually appear in animals in adulthood.” Also, from well-preserved prints, the researchers determined that the back of the animal was covered with a mane of long fur. Scientists have never seen fossils in the annals. The authors named the new species Ubirajara jubatus, which is translated from the language of the indigenous Brazilian people tupi means “lord of the spear.” This name was given to him for the spear-shaped humeral processes, which, according to researchers, were folded by keratin.Each of them had a small sharp crest in the middle. The “spears” were located so that they did not interfere with the movement of the limbs and did not restrict the animal during movement or hunting. Scientists believe that the unusual decoration increased the chances of procreation. Most likely, according to the authors, representatives of Ubirajara jubatus used it, like modern pheasants, to attract the attention of females. “We know that many dinosaurs had bony ridges, spikes and frills, which they probably used for demonstration, but we did not we often see them in modern birds.In birds, the combs are made of feathers, “says the first author of the article, Professor Robert Smyth of the University of Portsmouth. Scientists believe that the small dinosaur Ubirajara jubatus, with its keratin spikes, occupies an intermediate position between real dinosaurs and birds.” Bone requires a lot. energy to grow and maintain the body, it is also heavy and can cause serious injury if it breaks down, continues Smith. “Keratin, the material that makes up hair, feathers and scales, is the best alternative for such a small animal.Keratin is cheaper for the body, it is lightweight, flexible and can be regularly replaced if damaged. ” preserved outer cover, found on the territory of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana.

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MOSCOW, Dec 15 – RIA Novosti. Paleontologists have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur with the most unusual appearance ever described by scientists. His thick, long fur mane was combined with two pairs of plates protruding from his shoulders.The research results are published in the journal Cretaceous Research.

Over the past several decades, paleontologists have discovered many dinosaurs with preserved integumentary structures that provide a better understanding of feather origins and phylogenetic relationships between dinosaurs and birds.

Scientists from the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe in Germany, analyzing a collection of fossils, discovered a sample from limestone deposits in northeastern Brazil with the remains of an unknown species of dinosaurs.It was no larger than a modern chicken in size.

Having studied the parts of the fossil hidden in the stone using X-ray methods, the researchers were able to study the features of the internal organs, as well as elements of the perfectly preserved outer cover of the animal.

“What is especially unusual about this animal is the presence of two very long, probably rigid plates protruding from its shoulders, which were probably used to attract the attention of a partner, in rivalry or to scare off an enemy,” the press release says. According to one of the study’s authors, David Martill, a professor at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.“It looks like it’s a male, moreover, young, which is surprising, given that the most difficult means for self-demonstration usually appear in animals in adulthood.” 20 November 2020, 14:31 that the back of the animal was covered with a mane of long fur. Scientists have never seen anything like it in the fossil record.

The authors named the new species Ubirajara jubatus, which in the language of the indigenous Brazilian people tupi means “lord of the spear”.This name was given to him for the lance-shaped humeral processes, which, according to the researchers, were folded by keratin. Each of them had a small sharp ridge in the middle.

“Spears” were positioned so that they did not interfere with the movement of the limbs and did not restrict the animal during movement or hunting.

Scientists suggest that the unusual decoration increased the chances of procreation. Most likely, according to the authors, representatives of Ubirajara jubatus used it, like modern pheasants, to attract the attention of females.

“We know that many dinosaurs had bony ridges, spines and frills, which they probably used for demonstration, but we don’t often see them in modern birds. In birds, the combs are made of feathers,” says the first author of the article Professor Robert Smyth of the University of Portsmouth.

Scientists believe that the small dinosaur Ubirajara jubatus, with its keratin thorns, occupies an intermediate position between real dinosaurs and birds.

“Bone requires a lot of energy to grow and maintain the body, it is also heavy and can cause serious injury if it breaks,” continues Smith.“Keratin, the material that makes up hair, feathers and scales, is the best alternative for such a small animal. Keratin is cheaper for the body, it is lightweight, flexible and can be regularly replaced if damaged. ”

Ubirajara jubatus lived about 110 million years ago in the Aptian Cretaceous, and is closely related morphologically to the European Jurassic dinosaur Compsognathus. It is the first non-avian dinosaur origin with a preserved outer cover, found on the territory of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.

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MOSCOW, January 21 – RIA Novosti. Scientists have found in China the skeleton of a small feathered dinosaur of an unknown species from the family of dromaeosaurids – predatory feathered dinosaurs closest to birds. Well-preserved feather prints allowed scientists to understand how this feathered dinosaur differed from birds and from its flightless counterparts. Published in The Anatomical Record, a new species of dromaeosaurid found in the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in northwestern China’s Liaoning Province is named Wulong bohaiensis.The first part of the name translated from Chinese means “dancing dragon”, and the second reflects the geography of the place of discovery – the coast of the Bohai Bay. This representative of predatory microraptors, which lived about one hundred and twenty million years ago, is a fairly close relative of modern birds. It was the size of a crow, had a long tail (about twice as long as the body), a narrow head with a huge number of sharp teeth, was covered with feathers, which, in all likelihood, made it possible to glide.At the same time, the tail of the animal ended with a feather train branched in two directions, and the front limbs, wings, were something like paws with claws. Perhaps, with their help, the dinosaur hunted small mammals, lizards, birds and fish. The print clearly shows feathers not only on the body, but also on the tail and limbs, which in feathered dinosaurs is a sign of adulthood. But other details of the anatomy of the ancient lizard indicate its youth. “Either young dinosaurs needed these feathers for some function that we do not know, or they grew up in them completely differently from most modern birds,” – quoted in the press -Release by the Museum of Natural History in San Diego, USA, as quoted by Ashley Poust, a paleontologist at the University of California, Berkeley, USA and lead author of the study.To understand this controversy, scientists cut several of the “dancing dragon” bones for histological examination. The results showed that the dinosaur was very young – not more than one year old, although its feathers were completely “mature”. The authors say that they are faced with a transitional species between typical feathered dinosaurs, in which full-fledged feathers were formed in adulthood, and birds that grow very quickly, but which completely lack plumage until the end of growth.Here, scientists were dealing with a very young dinosaur with long feathers extending beyond the tip of its tail, and is one of the earliest relatives of the Velociraptor, the famous theropod dinosaur that lived about 75 million years ago, and the direct ancestor of modern birds. The closest relative of the uhlon (dancing dragon), most likely, was the microraptor who lived with him at the same time – the “four-winged dinosaur”, so named because his long feathers grew not only on the front, but also on the hind limbs.The area in which the specimen was found is the most famous site in the world in terms of early Cretaceous skeletons. The local biota, which was incredibly diverse at the time, included pterosaurs, bird-like dinosaurs and early birds that lived in a common habitat. The new discovery provides a better understanding of how the evolutionary transition between dinosaurs and modern birds took place.

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MOSCOW, January 21 – RIA Novosti. Scientists have found in China the skeleton of a small feathered dinosaur of an unknown species from the family of dromaeosaurids – carnivorous feathered dinosaurs closest to birds.Well-preserved feather prints allowed scientists to understand how this feathered dinosaur differed from birds and from its flightless counterparts. The results of the study are published in the journal The Anatomical Record .

A new species of dromaeosaurids, the remains of which were found among the rocks of the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning province in northwestern China, was named Wulong bohaiensis. The first part of the name translated from Chinese means “dancing dragon”, and the second reflects the geography of the place of discovery – the coast of the Bohai Bay.

This representative of predatory microraptors, which lived about one hundred and twenty million years ago, is a fairly close relative of modern birds. It was the size of a crow, had a long tail (about twice as long as the body), a narrow head with a huge number of sharp teeth, was covered with feathers, which, in all likelihood, made it possible to glide.

In this case, the tail of the animal ended with a feather train branching in two directions, and the forelimbs-wings – with something like paws with claws.Perhaps, with their help, the dinosaur hunted small mammals, lizards, birds and fish.

The print clearly shows feathers not only on the body, but also on the tail and limbs, which in feathered dinosaurs is a sign of adulthood. But other details of the anatomy of the ancient lizard indicate its youth.

28 November 2019, 16:37 modern birds, “said Ashley Poust, a paleontologist at the University of California at Berkeley (USA) and lead author of the study, in a press release from the Museum of Natural History in San Diego (USA).

To understand this contradiction, scientists cut several bones of the “dancing dragon” for histological examination. The results showed that the dinosaur was very young – not more than one year old, although its feathers were completely “mature”.

The authors say that they encountered a transitional species between typical feathered dinosaurs, in which full-fledged feathers were formed in adulthood, and birds, which grow very quickly, but which completely lack plumage until the end of growth.And here scientists were dealing with a very young dinosaur with long feathers extending over the tip of its tail.

The new species is one of the earliest relatives of the Velociraptor, the famous theropod dinosaur that lived about 75 million years ago, as well as the direct ancestor of modern birds. The closest relative of the uhlon (dancing dragon), most likely, was the microraptor who lived with him at the same time – the “four-winged dinosaur”, so named because his long feathers grew not only on the front, but also on the hind limbs.

The area in which the specimen was found is the most famous site in the world for early Cretaceous skeletons. The local biota, which was incredibly diverse at that time, included pterosaurs, bird-like dinosaurs and early birds that lived in a common habitat.

The new discovery provides a better understanding of how the evolutionary transition between dinosaurs and modern birds took place.

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Philip Kirkorov immediately assumed that it was Nikolai Baskov – the movements and demeanor were very similar.In addition, when the artist was asked if he was wearing costumes on stage, they heard an unambiguous: “Yes”. Conjectures intensified after the hit “I Didn’t Know That Love Can Be Cruel”, but in the end, a completely different artist appeared in the mask of the Dinosaur.

“How long have you been fluttering, I almost died in this mask,” Sergei Lazarev said sarcastically.

It was the Eurovision winner who hid in the Dinosaur costume. From the stage, he said that he deliberately wanted to let the jury on the wrong track and sang in a wrong voice.The judges were shocked by the singer’s reincarnation, and then asked the logical question: “Who then is Panda?” Because throughout all the issues they could not decide – who is the charming bear: Lazarev or Topalov? As a result, Sergey took a place on the jury and began to evaluate the contestants.

The dinosaur became a special guest of the show

. Later, another special guest appeared on the stage in the guise of the Mirror Man, whose identity Kirkorov also tried in vain to guess. Despite the obvious prompts such as “disco ball” and “favorite time of night”, the jury continued to doubt and asked the speaker to turn sideways.Then, after examining the prominent forms, they concluded that they were a woman.

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Versions sounded: Anna Semenovich, Anna Sedokova, Jasmine. When the Mirror Man sang, Philip Bedrosovich voiced his version.

“I adore her, this is my Jessica, this is Jasmine, sister,” said the king of pop.

Kirkorov could not guess the Man-Mirror

“You already had Basque before. “Kolya is my brother, how can I not recognize him,” Lazarev joked Kirkorov.

But, as it turned out, Philip was wrong. Natalia Gulkina was a special guest. The ex-soloist of “Mirage” was pleased with the performance and was glad that she was able to mislead the jury. “She confused us as much as possible,” said Timur Rodriguez.

So, the leaders have strengthened in the show, among which Olenia can be distinguished – the artists still believe that this is Larisa Dolina; Wolf – the majority vote for Nyusha, Leo – many are sure that Nikita Presnyakov is hiding under the guise of the king of beasts.True, this time Leo gave up a little and lost the battle to Parrot, who used a forbidden trick: he sang Kirkorov’s song “I love you Marina.”

“Despite the fact that I’m rooting for Leo, Parrot was stronger in this battle, my vote is for him,” said the chairman of the jury, Philip Kirkorov.

As a result, Panda, Lion and Egg were nominated for elimination. Most of the audience votes were cast for the charming bear, and the jury unanimously saved Lev. Before the exposure, everyone put forward a version of who is hiding under the Egg’s mask: either Andrei Bednyakov, or Alexander Pushnoy, or Andrei Burkovsky.In the end, everyone was wrong.

“Garik, Timur – I gave you an album of my songs as a present. Regina, and you and I were together at the “Star Factory”. Garik, you are my boss for 10 years in a row – we even sang in karaoke, ”joked showman Anton Lirnik, who took off the Egg’s mask.

Anton Lirnik was hiding under the guise of Eggs

At the end of the show, he sang Andrei Gubin’s hit “Dances” and admitted that due to the peculiarities of the costume he saw only the floor in front of his eyes, and then revised the episodes to evaluate the jury’s reaction.

The second semi-final of the “Mask” show will take place next Sunday at 20:10.

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If dinosaurs hadn’t died out | If only, Science

The idea of ​​a collision of people with dinosaurs always inspires science fiction writers. There is Doyle’s The Lost World, Bradbury’s And Thunder Rocked and, of course, Crichton’s Jurassic Park. The authors either transfer people to the kingdom of lizards, or in one way or another “throw” dinosaurs in our time.In both cases, someone turns out to be a “hit”.

But what if humans and dinosaurs had to share the planet with equal rights? But this was quite possible.

To survive in the new conditions, the reptiles had to master the methods of fighting against mammals: poisoning, strangulation, drowning. Reptiles themselves are insensitive to poison and lack of oxygen

The extinction of dinosaurs is usually associated with the fall of an asteroid, which left a huge “wound” on the Earth’s body 65 million years ago – the Chikshulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula.But, even having found such convincing evidence of the disaster, scientists do not consider the problem to be settled. After all, the explosion itself, which literally shook the planet, does not explain everything.

Many animals died. Whole species have disappeared, but still the majority should have survived. Some detachments of reptiles boldly endured the catastrophe. Scaly (snakes and lizards) not only survived, but also flourished, having formed more species than mammals by now. Crocodiles are doing well too.And the turtles in their history, which is 200 million years old, have survived more than one fallen “pebble”.

Analysis of the miraculously preserved DNA fragments showed that dinosaurs are closer to birds than to crocodiles. But the crocodiles themselves are dearer to pigeons than to lizards. Reptiles – a very diverse group

In fact, the Earth in the Cretaceous period could no longer be considered a planet of lizards. Mammals appeared in the Triassic, at about the same time as the ancestors of dinosaurs – thecodonts. Pterosaurs already then shared the sky with birds.Among the animals, however, small ones, similar to rats, prevailed, but there were also predators the size of a hardened mastiff.

It became clear to whom to live and who to die out immediately after the collision, from which everyone suffered (and the animals that endure hunger worse, probably even more). This issue was resolved later, when the planet recovered from the impact and the survivors began to re-divide the ecological niches. The course of this “redistribution of property” has been poorly studied, and its results are still not completely clear.

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