Talk:2760: Paleontology Museum

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Turtles aren't rocks. ? 2659: Unreliable Connection (talk) 03:04, 8 April 2023 (UTC)

Maybe referring to shell of turtles? 03:56, 8 April 2023 (UTC)
Neither were dinosaur bones, at least not during the times that they come from. I do believe that that's the joke. 15:06, 11 April 2023 (UTC)

I thought this was a joke where Cueball thinks rocks were cooler in Þe Olde Dinosaur Times, because ÞODT had rocks shaped like dinosaur bones. Maybe I'm completely off. 04:15, 8 April 2023 (UTC)

I appreciate your use of the letter thorn. 09:21, 8 April 2023 (UTC)
You mean þorn 00:31, 9 April 2023 (UTC)
NB, this was someone else's edit. However funny/intelligent it was, it was bad form. 12:10, 9 April 2023 (UTC)
I think you've got it right. My understanding is that Cueball thinks the that ÞODT had rocks shaped like the ones he's seeing in front of him. The turtle comment makes it seem like he knows that those rocks were alive ("did stuff"), but isn't aware that they were covered in more squishy dinosaur bits back then. 15:06, 11 April 2023 (UTC)

My interpretation is that paleontologists picked up all of the interesting rocks, and now only boring rocks are left—and turtles. 09:41, 8 April 2023 (UTC)

Rocks were cool. 13:15, 8 April 2023 (UTC)

heavy rocks are cooler 05:47, 9 April 2023 (UTC)

I interpreted this as a geologist who has always thought rocks were “cool” has, while looking at a stegosaurus skeleton, considered switching to paleontology instead, because that’s way cooler. 20:38, 10 April 2023 (UTC)

It seems unlikely to me that Cueball is referring specifically to the plates on the stegosaur's back. BunsenH (talk) 16:05, 8 April 2023 (UTC)

I added my own interpretation where Cueball thinks that dinosaurs actually were made of rocks, therefore making them cooler than our rocks. 18:37, 8 April 2023 (UTC)

Terrible, wrong explanation. He's referring to how the rocks used to be dinosaurs, obviously. Rocks "used to be way cooler" because they used to be dinosaurs. Duh. 17:02, 11 April 2023 (UTC)

Aren't most dinosaur skeletons on display these days not the actual original rock, but plaster or plastic (or some other material) casts of the original fossil? Dogman15 (talk) 09:57, 11 April 2023 (UTC)

I thought that the joke here is that we are not looking at the actual bones of dinosaurs but fossils, that is, petrified bones, which one might interpret as "cool" rocks.