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13th Dec '16 3:53:59 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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Some animals (or certain groups of animals) have a tendency to be depicted in media always doing a certain activity. Cheetahs are always running, humpback whales are always breaching, and [[CockADoodleDawn roosters are always crowing at dawn]]. Can be justified when it's to highlight the most prominent characteristic of the animal, or if the animal really does spend a considerable portion of its time engaging in its stock behavior. Oftentimes, however, it leaves the impression that the species spends ''all'' of its time engaging in its stock activity and overshadows its other behaviors. See SomewhereThisIndexIsCrying if the animal doesn't actually engage in its stock behavior in RealLife, or only does so rarely.

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Some animals (or certain groups of animals) have a tendency to be depicted in media always doing a certain activity. Cheetahs are always running, humpback whales are always breaching, breaching and [[CockADoodleDawn roosters are always crowing at dawn]]. Can be justified when it's to highlight the most prominent characteristic of the animal, or if the animal really does spend a considerable portion of its time engaging in its stock behavior. Oftentimes, however, it leaves the impression that the species spends ''all'' of its time engaging in its stock activity and overshadows its other behaviors. See SomewhereThisIndexIsCrying if the animal doesn't actually engage in its stock behavior in RealLife, or only does so rarely.
13th Dec '16 1:20:43 AM Vrahno
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* In most early books on ancient life, shelled mollusks (along with other primitive creatures) would always be depicted washed ashore. It took decades until artists attempted showing them in their normal habitat.


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* ''Hylonomus'', the "first reptile", is always falling into or getting trapped in the hollow stump or trunk of an ancient, tree-like plant, because that's where most of its fossils were found.
28th Oct '16 5:07:31 PM schoi30
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** Bats in general are always hanging upside-down somewhere.
9th Oct '16 6:59:52 PM schoi30
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* Lions, tigers, and other big cats are always either roaring or silently stalking their prey.

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* Lions, tigers, and other big cats are always either roaring or silently stalking their prey.prey before pouncing.
9th Oct '16 6:59:24 PM schoi30
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* Gorillas are always [[PrimalChestBeat beating on their chests]].

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* Gorillas are always [[PrimalChestBeat [[PrimalChestPound beating on their chests]].
9th Oct '16 6:58:52 PM schoi30
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* Wolves are always howling at the moon or hunting some large herbivore in packs.

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* Wolves are always [[WolvesAlwaysHowlAtTheMoon howling at the moon moon]] or hunting some large herbivore in packs.



* Lions, tigers, and other big cats are always roaring.

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* Lions, tigers, and other big cats are always roaring.either roaring or silently stalking their prey.



* Gorillas are always beating on their chests.

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* Gorillas are always [[PrimalChestBeat beating on their chests.chests]].



* Rabbits are always breeding.

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* Rabbits are always breeding.hopping, breeding, or thumping the ground with their hind feet.
9th Oct '16 6:55:28 PM schoi30
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* ''Baryonyx'' is always fishing or eating fish. This behavior gets passed down to ''Spinosaurus'' (when it's portrayed accurately, that is).

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* ''Baryonyx'' is always fishing or eating fish. This behavior gets passed down to other spinosaurids such as ''Spinosaurus'' (when it's portrayed accurately, that is).
1st Oct '16 8:38:51 AM CJCroen1393
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** The actual fish eating pterosaurs ''Pteranodon'' and ''Rhamphorynchus'' will often be seen either snatching fish from the water's surface (''Pteranodon'') or skimming across the water with their beaks (''Rhamphorynchus''). Neither of these ideas are correct[[note]]''Pteranodon'' is believed to have actually dived ''into'' the water to catch fish rather than fly over it (the latter behavior was actually more likely for ''Rhamphorhynchus'') and studies have proven that skim feeding would have been physically impossible for any known pterosaur[[/note]]. Azhdarchid pterosaurs were often depicted as scavengers, usually [[CirclingVultures circling over herds of migrating dinosaurs]] waiting for one of them to keel over from exhaustion so they can eat the remains. Thanks to recent research and art done by pterosaur researcher Mark Witton, however, azhdarchid pterosaurs these days are always shown stalking on the ground eating baby sauropods. [[ScienceMarchesOn Though rare today,]] occasionally you might even see one exhibit ''bat-like'' behavior such as hanging upside down in a tree or cliff.

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** The actual fish eating pterosaurs ''Pteranodon'' and ''Rhamphorynchus'' will often be seen either snatching fish from the water's surface (''Pteranodon'') or skimming across the water with their beaks (''Rhamphorynchus''). Neither of these ideas are correct[[note]]''Pteranodon'' is correct[[note]]Both are now believed to have actually dived ''into'' the water to catch fish rather than fly over it (the latter behavior was actually more likely for ''Rhamphorhynchus'') it, and studies have proven that skim feeding would have been physically impossible for any known pterosaur[[/note]]. Azhdarchid pterosaurs were often depicted as scavengers, usually [[CirclingVultures circling over herds of migrating dinosaurs]] waiting for one of them to keel over from exhaustion so they can eat the remains. Thanks to recent research and art done by pterosaur researcher Mark Witton, however, azhdarchid pterosaurs these days are always shown stalking on the ground eating baby sauropods. [[ScienceMarchesOn Though rare today,]] occasionally you might even see one exhibit ''bat-like'' behavior such as hanging upside down in a tree or cliff.
8th May '16 5:24:48 PM schoi30
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** ''Deinosuchus'' does the same thing with hadrosaurs.



* ''Gastornis'' is always chasing and eating small horse-like ungulates, usually ''Hyracotherium''. ScienceMarchesOn, since ''Gastornis'' now turned out to be a herbivore.

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* ''Gastornis'' is always chasing and eating small horse-like ungulates, usually ''Hyracotherium''.''Hyracotherium'' and ''Eohippus''. ScienceMarchesOn, since ''Gastornis'' now turned out to be a herbivore.
8th May '16 5:24:06 PM schoi30
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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking and dragging ''Suchomimus'' to its doom.

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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking and dragging ''Suchomimus'' and dragging it to its doom.
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