"Mona Lisa" of Fossils Discovered in Canada

An armored dinosaur has been found in Alberta, so well-preserved that it looks like a statue. The specimen was preserved in 3D, perfectly hardening into sandstone, from its snout its hips. Paleontologists were able to determine, just by looking at it, that this discovery is also a new species.

So what did this new dinosaur look like? Well, according to the researchers, it is the “dinosaur equivalent of a tank.” It was 5.5 meters long (about 18 feet) and weighing more than 1,300 kilograms (or 2,800 pounds). There is ornamentation around its eyes, six-sides plates on the sides of its skull, and distinct alternating lines of spikes and scales along its back. The prickly skin even contains molecular clues suggesting it was reddish on its backside, and lighter on its underside! That’s a lot of detail about a species, all from one specimen.

The new dinosaur been named Borealopelta, or “northern shield.”

An original piece by historical-nonfiction


"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this greatland, a new folkship, dreamt in freedom, and sworn to the forthput that all men are made evenworthy. Now we are betrothed in a great folk-war, testing whether that folkship, or any folkship so born and so sworn, can long withstand. We are met on a great battle-field of that war."

A re-working of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," using only words of Germanic origin, to show what English might look like if it expressed new concepts using German-style compounds rather than borrowing from other languages. This fake language is known as "Anglish" and has its own wiki!

This Is A Whistle?!

To answer my own question, yes! It's a whistle! Not sure if it still works though.... According to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this is a Mayan whistle in the form of a sitting woman. Discovered on Jaina Island, off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is believed have been crafted between 600 and 900 CE. Pretty neat!

Earliest Potato Traces Found In North America

Traces of potato flour have been found on ancient stone tools in a desert shelter -- think an overhang rather than a cave -- in south-central Utah. The site is known as North Creek Shelter, and had been used intermittently from 11,500 to just 150 years ago. The stone tools with potato flour traces were found in a stratum between 10,100 to 10,900 years old. Similar evidence was also found on tools that were uncovered in the higher, and more recent, strata of the site, indicating that wild potatoes have been part of the indigenous diet in the Southwest for thousands of years.

Charles Carroll, of Maryland, died on November 14th, 1832, at the age of 95. Why does this matter? He was the last living person who had signed the Declaration of Independence, in 1776.

Engineers of the 302nd Engineer Regiment repairing a roadway over a trench. In the trench itself are African American soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division (nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers). They are on their way into action in the Argonne Forest, in France. Date not certain, probably 1918.

Doubly Amazing

Linus Pauling received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and a Nobel Peace Prize. He remains the only person to get two, undivided, unshared Nobel Prizes. He got his Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for using quantum mechanics to understand and describe chemical bonding - e.g. the way atoms join together to form molecules. He got his Nobel Peace Prize in 1963 for his international activism against the Cold War nuclear arms race.

Rioting Over Sports Is A Proud Tradition!

In 1314, King Edward II of England banned football (soccer) because two rival villages were physically brawling each other over their football games. But football survived. And so did hooliganism. Today, many English clubs have a proud tradition of throwing stones, beer bottles, and whatever else is handy at opposing teams as they visit for games. Some English clubs are even known to be better or worse to visit, because of their fans!

The English are not the only ones, of course. Anyone remember when Vancouver won hockey’s Stanley Cup in 2011 and the whole city rioted? Or this year, when Philadelphia’s football team (the other kind of football) won the 2018 Super Bowl and the whole city took to the streets?

In 2005, a large nuclear warhead in Texas was almost detonated with a hammer during its decommissioning. The W-56 warhead was 100 times stronger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II.

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    HISTORICAL NON-FICTION

    By Lillian Audette

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