Angels from Another Pin
I quite like this very readable geological history of Long Island.
Long Island Sound is only about 11,000 years old -- born yesterday, by the standards of geology. But it runs deep into the distant past. In fact, experts say, were it not for a river that formed tens of millions of years earlier when dinosaurs were still roaming the area, the Sound probably wouldn't exist today and Long Island would be part of Connecticut.
Nobody believed me when I mentioned this Boston Globe review of the movie The Cat in the Hat, which stated, "If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree, they couldn't have desecrated the man more." The link is offered as proof.
Meet the world's unhappiest dinosaur:
On October 23, a team of paleontologists and pathologists announced that they had discovered a massive, possibly lethal brain tumor in the fossilized skull of a Gorgosaurus, a 25-foot-long relative of Tyrannosaurus rex that lived 72 million years ago.
Welcome to the future: grow a tree - which was common on the supercontinent of Gondwana during the Mesozoic Era, and which once was believed to have been extinct for two million years - in your back yard.
(The Side of the Angels)
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