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Originally posted by Deny Arrogance
reply to post by Gorman91
Maybe they buried the dead with flowers for the same reason we use incense.
Dead bodies stink.
According to the DK documentary Eyewitness -- Life (VHS), Galileo correctly calculated that the tallest Earthling lifeforms can get is ~300'. The tallest Sequoia's are almost exactly that tall. I'm told this has to do with the limits of Capillary Action, which allows organisms to pump water up to that height. PARALLEL: According to the National Geographic documentary Naked Science -- Earth's Crust (TV), the tallest possible mountain on Earth is only 45,000'. Any taller, and Earth's gravity creates such pressures beneath its base, that the crust melts, and the mountain sinks back down. But, on Mars, whose gravity only around 1/3 that of Earth, Olympus Mons is 90,000' tall, 3x that of Mt. Everest. CONCLUSION: Earth-like lifeforms, limited by gravity, could grow taller on smaller worlds, but would be shorter on larger worlds. On Mars, w/ ~1/3g, Seqoia's could grow to nearly 900'. But, on a 2.0g planet, the tallest "tree-forms" could only grow to ~150'. ADDENDUM: According to the BBC documentaries Prehistoric Earth (DVDs) & Prehistoric Park (DVDs), plants evolved spines, poisons, and other defenses, b/c of the voracious appetites of giant plant-eaters, like the long-necked Sauropod Dinosaurs. Thus, as the Sauropods grew larger, early trees grew taller. The resulting "evolutionary arms race" could have created the tallest trees, through Evolutionary Pressure. Is so, there are tall trees today, b/c there were tall Dinosaurs millions of years ago. Tall trees are an "evolutionary echo" of those mighty Sauropods. So, when Man makes it to other worlds, the current life on that planet can be used to infer the types of life on that planet in its evolutionary past.
The results suggest that these sauropods were adapted to ground feeding or low browsing, contrary to the view that diplodocid sauropods were high browsers.
Originally posted by The Ghost Who Walks
Hmmm, forgive me for being skeptical but how is it that the drawings show the ship's rudder? Wouldn't they be obscured by water?
Originally posted by Gorman91
It even looks like they found parts and were putting them together and analyzing it, like a crash site.