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Dinosaurs and prehistoric life


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I can't believe we don't have a thread for this already. Here we can post general articles, pics, videos or discussions about dinosaurs and other prehistoric life. Since it's a fairly broad and important topic, I've pinned it.

 

I'll start with this AMAZING (and slightly scary) image...

 

Quetzalcoatlus northropi, the largest known flying animal. Lived from 72 million to 66 million years ago.

 

 

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Oh, and here's Meganeuropsis, the largest flying insect...

 

These were able to survive only because Earth's atmosphere had a lot more oxygen back then (283.5–290.1 mya).

 

 

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Quetzalcoatlus has long been a fascination of mine because it was basically a *flying carnivorous giraffe*. It could absolutely swallow a human in one bite if it wanted. I'll do some digging and see if I can find an old sketch of Quetzalcoatlus I animated.


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Quetzalcoatlus has long been a fascination of mine because it was basically a *flying carnivorous giraffe*. It could absolutely swallow a human in one bite if it wanted. I'll do some digging and see if I can find an old sketch of Quetzalcoatlus I animated.

 

I've always wondered how that monster is able to support such a large head with a tiny thorax, let alone fly it. Heck, giraffes have tiny heads so supporting their heads with long thin necks wasn't so out of the realm.

 

I guess the Quetzalcoatlus' reverse-bending forelegs have to support the body's forward center of gravity due to the apparent greater mass in the head-neck section, hence the crawling behavior of this creature when it's not flying.


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The short-faced bear.

 

Scientists speculate that these delayed human migration into North America, because they hunted us in the Bering Strait.

 

 

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https://www.npr.org/...s-to-extinction

 

We got em in the end though.


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I'll do some digging and see if I can find an old sketch of Quetzalcoatlus I animated.

 

I found it:

 

https://i.imgur.com/EH1lIHI.gif

 

It won't let me post as a gif :\ 


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