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(Mother Nature Network)   At one point in ancient history there were giant salamanders hunting for food on the earth's surface. With an illustration of a giant salamander that makes it appear much less threatening   (mnn.com) divider line 30
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2012-10-02 03:20:17 AM
Giant salamanders can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) long and live up to 100 years. To learn more about the history of these Goliaths, which nowadays dwell in East Asia and North America

What?? I want one!
 
2012-10-02 04:07:26 AM

fusillade762:
What?? I want one!


They show up on nature shows every once in a while. You can have 'em, buddy! They scare the bejeezus out of me.

weirdimals.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-02 04:21:06 AM

thesloppy: fusillade762:
What?? I want one!

They show up on nature shows every once in a while. You can have 'em, buddy! They scare the bejeezus out of me.

[weirdimals.files.wordpress.com image 425x544]


"Hey Vern, look what I caught!"
 
2012-10-02 04:26:35 AM
Big whoop. There used to be giant, six-foot beavers too. You don't see them attention-seeking like this...

/the only good megafauna is pleistocene mammal megafauna
 
2012-10-02 04:34:03 AM
Hanzo not impressed.

/maybe obscure?
 
2012-10-02 04:34:50 AM
Woah! I had no idea these things existed. Now I just have to find a shiny one and kill it before it sees me and burrows into the ground.
 
2012-10-02 04:37:13 AM
"An artist's conception of the giant salamander..."? Looks more like a 9-year-old's conception to me.
 
2012-10-02 04:52:18 AM
www.mnn.com

D'aaaaawwwwwww....
 
2012-10-02 05:18:58 AM
i.imgur.com
Approves
 
2012-10-02 05:22:31 AM
FTA: "Fossils indicate that salamander ancestors had long limbs and heavy skeletons that would've of been..."

That's where they lost me.
 
2012-10-02 05:41:58 AM
They're just humans who broke the transwarp barrier.
 
2012-10-02 05:48:43 AM

thesloppy: fusillade762:
What?? I want one!

They show up on nature shows every once in a while. You can have 'em, buddy! They scare the bejeezus out of me.

[weirdimals.files.wordpress.com image 425x544]


They look like such a happy couple. Of course, like a perv he's got his hand poised over her cloaca.
 
2012-10-02 05:57:14 AM
diterlizzi.com
 
2012-10-02 06:23:48 AM
Given the headline I was expecting this:
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-02 06:24:49 AM
As long as tere are no rodents of unusual size.
 
2012-10-02 07:29:04 AM
www.geekologie.com
 
2012-10-02 07:34:57 AM
The illustration is pretty funny. It looks about as threatening as

i.imgur.com


profplump: Given the headline I was expecting this:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 346x265]


Gotta warp in quicker. Mugato beat you to the reference. ;)
 
2012-10-02 07:54:51 AM
this sort of thing always reminds me of -

cdn.motinetwork.net
 
2012-10-02 08:43:15 AM
Looks like a really awful pokemon fanart.

I'm in training to do environmental science, but I think I might be able to get some side gigs as a conceptual artist after seeing some of the 'pictures' that get slapped into some of these scientific articles.
 
2012-10-02 09:04:09 AM

WMittensRomney: Big whoop. There used to be giant, six-foot beavers too. You don't see them attention-seeking like this...

/the only good megafauna is pleistocene mammal megafauna


Furball centric fanboy! Everyone knows the Campanian is where the cool critters are.
 
2012-10-02 09:15:10 AM
Here's my pet salamander, I named him "Tiny"

Why tiny? Because he's my newt!
 
2012-10-02 11:18:56 AM
If it mainly lived on land I'm pretty sure it was a giant Newt and not a giant salamander(herp nerd)

fusillade762: Giant salamanders can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) long and live up to 100 years. To learn more about the history of these Goliaths, which nowadays dwell in East Asia and North America

What?? I want one!


The Chinese and Japanese giant salamanders can get up to like 6 feet long (where over half of a salamanders length is tail so thats not as big as it sounds) The hellbender of north america gets up to a little over 2 feet long
 
2012-10-02 11:21:44 AM

AssAsInAssassin: FTA: "Fossils indicate that salamander ancestors had long limbs and heavy skeletons that would've of have been..."

That's where they lost me.


Fine, fixed it for them.
 
2012-10-02 12:25:44 PM

fusillade762: Giant salamanders can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) long and live up to 100 years. To learn more about the history of these Goliaths, which nowadays dwell in East Asia and North America

What?? I want one!




They must be talking of hellbenders in N. America.....somehow I didn't think they were taxonomically speaking a "salamander", but I'm too lazy to google it.

Creepy looking farkers will make ya jump when you first see one in a stream, we sometimes (accidentally) catch one when we fish really clean headwater streams.

Couple years back a buddy's boys were swimming in the Greenbier when they came hauling arse outta the river screaming they found a monster....we didn't give it much credence until I went underwater and saw it....Going eye-to-eye with one is at first a little startling.
 
2012-10-02 12:36:12 PM
Thanks, subby, that was my hearty lul of the day!
 
2012-10-02 02:25:10 PM

profplump: Given the headline I was expecting this:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 346x265]


Ditto.
 
2012-10-02 02:26:40 PM

Mugato: They're just humans who broke the transwarp barrier.


Keep your speed down to warp 13 to avoid the change.
 
2012-10-02 02:31:47 PM

thesloppy: fusillade762:
What?? I want one!

They show up on nature shows every once in a while. You can have 'em, buddy! They scare the bejeezus out of me.

[weirdimals.files.wordpress.com image 425x544]


Something along those lines is a good candidate for some sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, according to theories:
Link
 
2012-10-02 10:47:26 PM

fusillade762: Giant salamanders can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) long and live up to 100 years. To learn more about the history of these Goliaths, which nowadays dwell in East Asia and North America

What?? I want one!


Nah, you really don't want a mudpuppy or a hellbender :D They're basically big fish-eating (and frog-eating) salamanders that apparently hurt when they bite you (yes, they pretty much would think you're food too). :D

/we actually do have 'em at the zoo here
//actually threatened now thanks to human development and pollution--used to be common enough my grandfather and great-grandfather would get them as "by-catch" when fishing at night...reportedly they stunk to high heaven if you put 'em on a fire
 
2012-10-04 12:33:03 AM

Isildur: The illustration is pretty funny. It looks about as threatening as

[i.imgur.com image 341x369]


profplump: Given the headline I was expecting this:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 346x265]

Gotta warp in quicker. Mugato beat you to the reference. ;)


mynetimages.com
Hellooooo nightmares...
 
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