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(Fox News)   Picky eaters are less likely to survive mass extinction. Although it's difficult to believe that the T Rex would be here today if it only liked the taste of Brontosaurus   (foxnews.com) divider line 22
    More: Interesting, picky eaters, Apatosaurus, extinction events, big cats, tar pits, T. rex, Late Pleistocene, Pleistocene  
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2014-04-25 09:18:54 AM  
Although it's difficult to believe that the T Rex would be here today if it only liked the taste of Brontosaurus

It would be especially hard to survive as a species if your sole source of food didn't actually exist...
 
2014-04-25 09:22:08 AM  

clkeagle: Although it's difficult to believe that the T Rex would be here today if it only liked the taste of Brontosaurus

It would be especially hard to survive as a species if your sole source of food didn't actually exist...


You could always pray for a food source to exist.
 
2014-04-25 09:24:43 AM  
T. Rex did survive, just not as T. Rex
Look no farther than the ordinary chicken.
That is all that's left of T.Rex.

/How's that for karma.
 
2014-04-25 09:42:39 AM  
What subby? If T-Rex only liked Brontosaurus (sic) that would make him a picky eater. Surely what you meant was 'Although it's difficult to believe that the T Rex would be here today if it liked the taste of everything.'?
 
2014-04-25 09:44:10 AM  

OddLlama: clkeagle: Although it's difficult to believe that the T Rex would be here today if it only liked the taste of Brontosaurus

It would be especially hard to survive as a species if your sole source of food didn't actually exist...

You could always pray for a food source to exist.


Or at the very least, hadn't been extinct for 80 million years.
 
2014-04-25 10:25:06 AM  
The problem is that it is too thick in the middle.
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2014-04-25 10:27:55 AM  
If t-rex only liked brontosaurus, he'd have never eaten. Bronts never existed.
 
2014-04-25 10:46:47 AM  
Has anyone mentioned that the "Brontosaurus" never existed?
 
2014-04-25 10:54:16 AM  

OnlyM3: Has anyone mentioned that the "Brontosaurus" never existed?


That's what I was hinting at earlier.
 
2014-04-25 10:59:53 AM  

OnlyM3: Has anyone mentioned that the "Brontosaurus" never existed?


I did.

/ After clearly not seeing that someone else already did.
 
2014-04-25 11:08:26 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: T. Rex did survive, just not as T. Rex
Look no farther than the ordinary chicken.
That is all that's left of T.Rex.

/How's that for karma.


I prefer the vulture comparison.
 
2014-04-25 11:17:44 AM  
Why has no one mentioned Brontosauri was a mistaken classification of Apatosaurus and never existed as actual separate class of dinosaur?

/ttj
 
2014-04-25 11:31:05 AM  
Isn't this common sense, not science? If your primary food source disappears, you're less likely to starve if you eat other stuff?

I'm a little underwhelmed.
 
2014-04-25 11:51:28 AM  
I didn't think anything ever survived extinction.
 
2014-04-25 11:52:18 AM  

ex0du5: Why has no one mentioned Brontosauri was a mistaken classification of Apatosaurus and never existed as actual separate class of dinosaur?

/ttj


LIARS!

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2014-04-25 12:41:28 PM  

LoneDoggie: ex0du5: Why has no one mentioned Brontosauri was a mistaken classification of Apatosaurus and never existed as actual separate class of dinosaur?
/ttj
LIARS!
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Hey, I'd still love a huge plate of apatosaurus or brachiosaurus ribs. Probably tastes like gator.
 
2014-04-25 02:09:28 PM  
Ric Romero reporting?

Picky eaters are picky because they have the luxury of being so.

If there was a mass extinction event, I'm pretty sure we'd have to change a whole lot (read: most) of our habits, for better and worse.
 
2014-04-25 07:33:33 PM  

GoodDoctorB: there was a mass extinction event, I'm pretty sure we'd have to change a whole lot (read: most) of our habits, for better and worse.


I used to fear resorting to an insect diet in a pinch, but now i know you can eat the inner layer of bark from most trees, which kind of makes all the 'hardcore survivalists' thinking they have to bring a sporting goods department and hunt 24/7 look silly.
 
2014-04-25 08:02:51 PM  

clkeagle: Although it's difficult to believe that the T Rex would be here today if it only liked the taste of Brontosaurus

It would be especially hard to survive as a species if your sole source of food didn't actually exist...


And even if we go with the fact that Brontosaurus was sank into Apatosaurus long ago, there IS the wee bit of even more chronological separation between apatosaurs and tyrannosaurs than there is between tyrannosaurs and us :3

And everyone knows that tyrannosaurs liked to eat ceratopsians...which COMPLETELY explains the pickiness when you realise that ceratopsians (like Triceratops) could well have been dinosaurian pig-analogues.  (Yes, there are paleontologists who have seriously suggested the idea that ceratopsian dinosaurs may well have been omnivorous...rather like pigs are.)  And if Darren Naish et al are correct in thinking of ceratopsians as pig-analogues, it can be argued that tyrannosaurs, much like Farkers, just really farking liked bacon and ham :9
 
2014-04-25 08:26:13 PM  
In all seriousness, though (re picky eaters not making it as well though major extinction events)--this would also explain why some small but specialised critters didn't make it through extinction events.  (In addition to the non-avian dinosaurs, we lost a good chunk of the avian dinosaurs in the K-T event, including critters that could reasonably be described as loon-analogues and/or penguin-analogues.)

And just like the big critters that make it through extinction events, it tends to be the little non-specialised guys who make it through as well.  (Hell, the single most common land vertebrate for 30 million or more years after the Great Dying was a little unspecialised therapsid groundhog-analogue known as Lystrosaurus. And by "most common" I mean the thing comprised up to 95 percent of fossil beds in some cases; basically imagine if there were a fossil bed (in our far future) where the fossil layer was essentially nothing but Norway rats for about 20 million years, and you get the idea of how freakish that is.  Cockroaches post-nuclear-holocaust wish they could have World Buggy Domination to the level of Lystrosaurus...)

It also explains why machairodonts didn't make it.  Whilst I'd love to see a dirk-toothed sabertooth cat or (especially) a scimitar cat in my lifetime thanks to the wonders of SCIENCE, I will admit they were pretty darn specialised kitties in comparison with pumas (which are about as close as one can get to "ur-kitty"; pumas are now regarded as the most basal of living cats) and--much like the joke with the tyrannosaurs--one would hope if SCIENCE ever turns the scimitar cat or dirk-toothed cat into a lazarotaxon via the wonders of genetic engineering that Great Big Kitty With Great Big Teefs can learn to like food that isn't in the pachyderm food group.
 
2014-04-25 10:25:30 PM  
WESTON: There's this one folk story about this [Eskimo] family. They had all this caribou meat stacked outside their igloo. Frozen, see. But it got so cold that their whole winter's supply of meat was frozen in one solid block of ice and none of the family could get at it. And they were all starving 'cause no one could break off any of this meat. So in a kind of last-ditch heroic effort this young Eskimo warrior goes outside and lets off this tremendous, powerful fart.
 SHIRLEY: Oh God.
WESTON: And thaws out all the meat.
 JUNE: That is very gross.
WESTON: But it stank so bad none of the family could eat it. And they all starved to death.
 
2014-04-26 03:06:20 PM  
I'm pretty sure animals will eat things they wouldn't normally eat when faced with a shortage of their food of choice.  People *certainly* will.  I'm one of the pickiest eaters I've ever met.....but trust me, I'm not going to starve to death because the double quarter pounder I ordered wasn't plain and without cheese.
 
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