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Seen in the New Zealand Herald:
The study in question, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, can be read here.
(Thanks to Dave for the link!)
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Anatosuchus is the “crocoduck”.
About the usual level of scientific accuracy I expect from the average newspaper. If a crocodilian ancestor lived on land it must have behaved like a dog, if it lived in the sea it behaved like a whale.
I just skimmed the research paper, and it unsurprisingly says nothing of the sort.
Well damn, guess we can now give Kirk Cameron exactly what he’s been demanding all these years…
I can’t find that NZ Herald story at their site; not even using their search engine.
Tetrapod zoology covered this a while back. Crocodilians were much more diverse back then, there was even one that ate grass. Maybe there was a crocodilian way back when that filled the niche of a duck, but (for the benefit of the creationists) it wouldn’t have been a half-duck half-croc monster, but its own kind of animal.
Something about ducks too:
There’s a ‘boar-croc’ too, called Kaprosuchus.
For those curious on the real Croco-duck, here is a reconstruction and link to Wikipedia:
I have a minor bone to pick about the nomenclature of ‘crocoduck’. The convention is to put the father’s species first, which means the croc fucked the duck. I don’t see the outcome of this as anything other than the duck as a postcoital snack.
On the other hand, if the duck fucked the croc (and I can definitely see a mallard drake doing that) and ended up as the postcoital snack, no harm done to the gametes.
I don’t believe in the crocoduck. But I know the sharknado is real.
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