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(Discovery)   T-Rex sized crocodiles, who may also have been known as "Crocostimpys", ruled the ancient seas   ( divider line
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3254 clicks; posted to Geek » on 29 Sep 2012 at 8:55 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-29 06:26:59 AM  
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2012-09-29 02:42:42 PM  
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born_yesterday: A bit of an aside, but the ancient creatures that fascinate me the most aren't the dinosaurs.

For me, it's the giant insects of the carboniferous. Forget trying to imagine those things flying around (no seriously, forget it), but the way the environmental differences at the time allowed them to grow so large. The metabolism and energy involved in flight, how they they must've hunted. I'm not scared of bugs...but, I mean, these bugs were scary!

In any case, good to see people getting their geek on. it a sign that my Sense of Cute is seriously broken in that I have a minor sad that Arthropleura is no longer among us and couldn't survive in our atmosphere, hence we have to suffice with smaller millipedes?

(Yes, I think millipedes (as opposed to centipedes) are actually kind of cute. Arthropleura is the largest land invertebrate of all time, and was a rather large millipede (or at least proto-millipede) that at its largest got upwards of 8 1/2" long. Also a complete herbivore, so no worries that the ginormous pillbug looking thing would be going after the family dog...just keep lots of ferns and lettuce handy. LOTS of ferns and lettuce. :D)

/then again, I think wetas and coconut crabs are freaking adorable...I've suspected my sense of cute is broken for a while
2012-09-29 02:41:05 PM  
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Two of my favourie episodes. But now I have to watch all the boxed sets again.

Sadly, there is more science in these two R&S cartoons than there is in many of America's schools.

Anybody remember the Walking with Dinosaurs episode where the T. Rex is walking on the sea shore and Bam! A mesosaur plucks him right off of the rocks.

In healthy seas, the food pyramid is reversed: despite the enormous numbers of prey, the mass of the large predators is greater because there prey is very fast-breeding. On land, the prey animals vastly out way the predators. Unfortunately, this means that we should be inverting our food pyramid as well and taking more small fish than large fish because the impact of destroying the top predators is immense. Also, the top predators tend to have concentrated levels of toxins such as mercury because they rise up the food web. On land, most predators are seen as competition, but they aren't very edible and most of them taste terrible and extra-gamey, with lean stringy flesh and possibly toxic livers, etc.

There's so much vitamin D in a polar bear's liver that it killed some Arctic explorers who ran out of dog meat.
2012-09-29 12:52:02 PM  
1 vote:

Fluorescent Testicle: I'll take giant pliosaurs like Liopleurodon any day. Liopleurodon kicks ass.

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Then you'll love the new Brachaucheunius we're working on... Should be ready in 2-3 weeks.
2012-09-29 12:03:19 PM  
1 vote:

Gergesa: Bah!!! You call that impressive? Get back to me when they find something that can fight the mighty sharktopus.
Sadly this is what the heads of syfy actually believe
2012-09-29 11:11:21 AM  
1 vote:
Bah!!! You call that impressive? Get back to me when they find something that can fight the mighty sharktopus.
2012-09-29 10:42:13 AM  
1 vote:
Is that anything like a crocoduck?
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