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At Mind Matters News: Could the dinosaurs have had a now-lost civilization?

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Geoscientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch argues that it is more possible than we might think.

But the really interesting find here is palaeobiologist Simon Conway Morris on how dinosaurs might have evolved into humanlike creatures:

Conway Morris almost sounds like an ID theorist. No wonder the BBC had to bring a bunch of people on toward the very end to imply that he is an idiot.

Conway Morris is a prominent proponent of convergent evolution — from very different starting points, life navigates to similar solutions. There asre only so many solutions to basic survival problems that actually work, which is why very different life forms converge on the same ones.

News, “Could the dinosaurs have had a now-lost civilization?” at Mind Matters News

Takehome: Prominent Cambridge palaeobiologist Simon Conway Morris thinks that, had the dinosaurs not been wiped out, they would have developed human-like intelligence.

4 Replies to “At Mind Matters News: Could the dinosaurs have had a now-lost civilization?

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    polistra says:

    They did develop human-like intelligence. They still have it. See crows and parrots.

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    doubter says:

    I don’t think so. The fossil evidence (or more accurately the lack of such evidence) dictates against this idea. The lack of any fossils of an erect bipedal large-brained reptile with arms and especially grasping manipulating hands.

    And any such civilization would have left at least some long-lasting physical evidences of technology, such as chipped or carved stone tools. And any more advanced civilization’s technology would have left indelible evidence of its past existence: the at least partial depletion of natural resources such as oil, coal, copper and iron deposits. And such a civilization would have left extremely degradation-resistant fossil artifacts like fired pottery such as china.

    So this idea appears to be nonsense.

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    polistra says:

    The picture suspiciously resembles a plucked chicken.

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    kairosfocus says:

    The sci fi fans will love this

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