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Just in time for the JJ Abram's remake of Shatner's Star Trek 5 as the "Three Boobed Cat Woman".

Totally stoked. I am hoping to see a few more collaborations for MH4U by the time it releases state-side.

General Chat / Re: Disney buying Lucasfilm, Star Wars 7 in 2015
« on: Yesterday at 10:30:54 AM »
I'll have to wait for then my turn comes up at the local three months at the current rate.

General Chat / Re: Halbred's Paleo-News Thread
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:14:45 PM »
Keep in mind that the sail shape is still a working hypothesis--the spine is still very much a composite of specimens.

As for actual diversity vs. ontogeny, that's constantly being revisited in dinosaur taxonomy. Certainly, this problem has raised its head in theropods, ceratopsians, and especially lambeosaurines multiple times. This is more a relic problem left over from The Old Days of paleontology, when people weren't as...hmm...caution about taxonomic knots as they are today.

The most famous (and persistent) example of ontogeny vs. diversity is "Jane," a small tyrannosaurine from Montana. Charles Gilmore found it in the 1940's and suggested it was a new species of Gorgosaurus ("G. lancensis"). In 1988, Bakker, Currie & Williams noticed that many of the skull bones were fused, which they took to be an adult condition, and gave it a new genus: Nanotyrannus. In 1999, however, Thomas Carr provided a takedown of the adult features, pretty well convincing everybody that it's a juvenile, and since it occurs in known Tyrannosaurus beds, he considered it a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.

And that's pretty much where it stays today, although a few workers (Peter Larson in particular) continue to be unusually forceful in their belief that Nanotyrannus is real, and is a pygmy tyrannosaur, even though that makes absolutely no sense from an ecological perspective.

Gilmore discovered and named a small ceratopsid in 1913, Brachyceratops, based on five clearly juvenile specimens. As so few ceratopids were known in 1913, the new name at least sort of made sense. However, much later, in the 1990's, it became clear that all juvenile ceratopsids pretty much looked the same until they hit puberty, so Brachyceratops was abandoned, and those specimens were labeled "indeterminate subadult" for several years until 2011, when Andrew McDonald showed that one of the frills showed characteristics of Rubeosaurus ovatus, so today we think "Brachyceratops" is just a baby Rubosaurus.

I could go into it with lambeosaurines too, but you get the idea. Dinosaurs changed a lot as they grew up, and that fact wasn't always well-known or even considered. Every new specimen that came out of the ground got a new name during The Bone Wars, and we're still untangling those taxonomic knots today.

I am glad to hear all of this came out. I was laughed at in my class as a kid and accused of being a "religious nut" because I was arguing the exact thing (except more worded as a youth would). Even teachers made fun of my arguments that many species were just juvenile forms of the larger creatures. People thought I was trying to discredit evolution when I just though someone had to account for there being so many similar species and few baby dinosaur specimens. Though my wording may have also been to blame for how others reacted.

How reliable is a composite that spans creatures from around the globe? I would imagine there would be a number of regional and special differences between them all.

General Chat / Re: Halbred's Paleo-News Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:18:48 PM »
I suspected that some dinosaur specimens were just larger/smaller examples of other species. How common has this turned out to be true?

I like that new stuff on Spinosaurus. Weird how the sail has multiple humps.

It's a hardware limitation like some of you mentioned.
Just like with Monhun 4, the 3DS requires a reboot after closing the game and can't run another app at the same time.

Is the the original MH4? Makes me wonder how Ultimate 4 will perform on old 3DS and NEW 3DS. Could be a huge deal for MonHun fans.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:02:56 PM »
I was too eager to share!

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:59:32 PM »
Can you save it for me? I should give one to my sister.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Super Smash Bros. for WiiU (& 3DS)
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:58:59 PM »
I read it above from Adrock. Maybe I assumed that he meant CPP from "circle pad". Pity. Got my hopes up again.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:50:35 PM »
Goodness! Are people hoarding them? If someone doesn't need mine then let me know. I could give it to someone else.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:48:07 PM »
Same here. Those went fast! Soren wins for having a witty pic as his request. Have fun all!

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Super Smash Bros. for WiiU (& 3DS)
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:46:10 PM »
The demo uses the CPP? Good to know. It feels weird without it.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:11:47 PM »
I have three codes. PM me if you would like one.

TalkBack / Re: Four 3DS XL Special Editions Coming to America This Fall
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:15:50 PM »
I have half a mind to sell off my blue 3DS XL and buy this NES one...then buy a NEW 3DS XL next year so I still end up with two like I planned.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Watch_Dogs officially delayed... on Wii U
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:58:24 PM »
This title has been downgraded from "day one" to "under $20 bargain bin" on my list. Much more interesting and important titles on the horizon for my limited dollars.

If that's the case, then I've already won my whole backlog of games and never need to play them.

You win that game by having more games than anyone else. I think Insano wins that one.

But it still required work out of you.

You said positive Karma.  I didn't specify.

Reading Comprehension.

For that, another -1 Karma for you.

So this whole removal of the karma system was some scheme by Khush to make the mods work harder to smite him. Clever.

No body won. That was the ultimate message from this game.

Don't dwell on the past. Focus on the future potential. That is where greatness lies!

You know you are just asking for Lucario to create another alt, right?

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Super Smash Bros. for WiiU (& 3DS)
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:30:03 AM »

Rosetta & Chiko? What version of the game is this? I though it was Luma?

This was a very interesting game of Calvinball. Not bitter about the game. I probably would have gone out eventually.

Better luck next time!

I'm not even sure what "that crap" is. I've heard mention of a "gamergate" but have no idea what it is about. Reading people reacting has me both curious and unsure if I want to read more about it. Can anyone tell me or link me to a light summary of what it is?

You made me want to go back and re-watch TFA again to find all of the hints, that is for sure. Makes me very excited to see it all come together on screen.

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