History UsefulNotes / StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs

16th Jun '16 12:24:06 PM CJCroen1393
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For [[RuleOfCool VERY obvious reasons]], ''Deinosuchus'' is a popular crocodilian choice in the world of DinosaurMedia, though curiously enough it's not quite as common in the mainstream works as it is in educational ones. Naturally, its size and abilities will usually be exaggerated, though fortunately it tends to avoid foraging into PrehistoricMonster territory due to the fact that it was essentially a scaled up alligator, and we have plenty of those in the modern day to use as points of reference[[note]]Interestingly, sufficiently giant alligators exist even today--the largest on record was a whopping 19 feet in length--though none of them make it to the same level of massiveness that ''Deinosuchus'' did[[/note]]. One noteworthy appearance was the fourth ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' film, a cantankerous ''Deinosuchus'' appears as one of the two main villains (partnered with an equally disagreeable ''Ichthyornis''), while another was in an episode of ''Series/PrehistoricPark'', wherein Nigel brings one back to the present for his dinosaur zoo.

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For [[RuleOfCool VERY obvious reasons]], ''Deinosuchus'' is a popular crocodilian choice in the world of DinosaurMedia, though curiously enough it's not quite as common in the mainstream works as it is in educational ones. Naturally, its size and abilities will usually be exaggerated, though fortunately it tends to avoid foraging into PrehistoricMonster territory due to the fact that it was essentially a scaled up alligator, and we have plenty of those in the modern day to use as points of reference[[note]]Interestingly, sufficiently giant alligators exist even today--the largest on record was a whopping 15 feet in length and reportedly another one was caught that was around 19 feet in length--though none of them make it to the same level of massiveness that ''Deinosuchus'' did[[/note]]. One noteworthy appearance was the fourth ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' film, a cantankerous ''Deinosuchus'' appears as one of the two main villains (partnered with an equally disagreeable ''Ichthyornis''), while another was in an episode of ''Series/PrehistoricPark'', wherein Nigel brings one back to the present for his dinosaur zoo.
10th Jun '16 4:09:13 PM CJCroen1393
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For [[RuleOfCool VERY obvious reasons]], ''Deinosuchus'' is a popular crocodilian choice in the world of DinosaurMedia, though curiously enough it's not quite as common in the mainstream works as it is in educational ones. Naturally, its size and abilities will usually be exaggerated, though fortunately it tends to avoid foraging into PrehistoricMonster territory due to the fact that it was essentially a scaled up alligator, and we have plenty of those in the modern day. One noteworthy appearance was the fourth ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' film, a cantankerous ''Deinosuchus'' appears as one of the two main villains (partnered with an equally disagreeable ''Ichthyornis''), while another was in an episode of ''Series/PrehistoricPark'', wherein Nigel brings one back to the present for his dinosaur zoo.

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For [[RuleOfCool VERY obvious reasons]], ''Deinosuchus'' is a popular crocodilian choice in the world of DinosaurMedia, though curiously enough it's not quite as common in the mainstream works as it is in educational ones. Naturally, its size and abilities will usually be exaggerated, though fortunately it tends to avoid foraging into PrehistoricMonster territory due to the fact that it was essentially a scaled up alligator, and we have plenty of those in the modern day.day to use as points of reference[[note]]Interestingly, sufficiently giant alligators exist even today--the largest on record was a whopping 19 feet in length--though none of them make it to the same level of massiveness that ''Deinosuchus'' did[[/note]]. One noteworthy appearance was the fourth ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' film, a cantankerous ''Deinosuchus'' appears as one of the two main villains (partnered with an equally disagreeable ''Ichthyornis''), while another was in an episode of ''Series/PrehistoricPark'', wherein Nigel brings one back to the present for his dinosaur zoo.
9th Jun '16 7:49:53 PM CJCroen1393
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!! The Super Croc that's actually a Super Gator: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinosuchus Deinosuchus]]''*

Okay, so it's not a ''sea'' reptile, but it's aquatic so it's just as good.

''Deinosuchus'' ("terrible croc", also called ''Phobosuchus'' "fearsome croc") belonged to the eusuchians, aka the “true crocodilians”. These gigantic gators appeared only in the Cretaceous but had the same anatomy we can still see today. More precisely, it was closer to alligators and caimans than to true crocodiles, hence the nickname "giant alligator". Like gators, the ''Deinosuchus''' skull had wide strong jaws and relatively blunt teeth. Its head was as long as a fully grown man, but the length of its body is unknown because the skull is the only left remain. Comparing with modern alligators, ''Deinosuchus'' could have reached 15m in length and weighed more than a ''Tyrannosaurus''. Its home were freshwater basins in Late Cretaceous North America, but could also have frequented the inland sea that divided the continent at the time. Since its fossil is from 75 mya, ''Deinosuchus'' could not have lived long enough to meet ''T. rex'' in RealLife, but only the latter's smaller relatives.

For [[RuleOfCool VERY obvious reasons]], ''Deinosuchus'' is a popular crocodilian choice in the world of DinosaurMedia, though curiously enough it's not quite as common in the mainstream works as it is in educational ones. Naturally, its size and abilities will usually be exaggerated, though fortunately it tends to avoid foraging into PrehistoricMonster territory due to the fact that it was essentially a scaled up alligator, and we have plenty of those in the modern day. One noteworthy appearance was the fourth ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' film, a cantankerous ''Deinosuchus'' appears as one of the two main villains (partnered with an equally disagreeable ''Ichthyornis''), while another was in an episode of ''Series/PrehistoricPark'', wherein Nigel brings one back to the present for his dinosaur zoo.

# '''Entry Time:''' 2006
# '''Trope Maker:''' Prehistoric Park
27th May '16 1:23:32 PM CJCroen1393
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The astonishing thing is, in spite of being [[http://pterosaurs.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/azhdarchid-paleobiology-part-i/ as tall as a giraffe]] when on land, ''Quetzalcoatlus'' could still ''fly''. Giving its size, it should have been an extremely powerful flier, capable to frequent several habitats, and maybe even to travel worldwide. An almost-identical relative, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatzegopteryx Hatzegopteryx]]'', was recently described from Europe. It was extimated even bigger than ''Quetzalcoatlus'', but they could be the same animal.

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The astonishing thing is, in spite of being [[http://pterosaurs.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/azhdarchid-paleobiology-part-i/ as tall as a giraffe]] when on land, ''Quetzalcoatlus'' could still ''fly''. Giving its size, it should have been an extremely powerful flier, capable to frequent several habitats, and maybe even to travel worldwide. An almost-identical relative, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatzegopteryx Hatzegopteryx]]'', was recently described from Europe. It was extimated even bigger than ''Quetzalcoatlus'', but they could be the same animal.
with a 36 to 39 foot wingspan and was probably even more menacing as well, with a more muscular frame and a shorter neck.
1st May '16 3:21:57 AM schoi30
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''Glyptodon'' is the most well-known glyptodont, but it's also worth of mention ''Doedicurus'': with its mace-like tail, it was the most ankylosaur-like of them all. These were among the biggest glyptodonts, and thus [[RuleOfCool the most depicted]]. Talking about glyptodonts' armor, it was the most powerful among every land vertebrate (tortoises excluded). It was made by a ''single piece'' made by several scutes fused together, smooth and usually round-shaped, unlike ankylosaurs whose armor was more flexible and spiky. With their compact frame and rigid armor, Glyptodonts were probably slower-moving than ankylosaurs, but still faster than a Galapagos' tortoise. Despite these differences, the glyptodont's armor was astonishingly similar to an ankylosaur's; only the upper parts of the body were covered, the underbelly was unarmored like ankylosaurs and hairy like modern armadillos; the head had a "shield" again like ankylosaurs, and their tail was also covered by bone.

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''Glyptodon'' is the most well-known glyptodont, but it's also worth of mention ''Doedicurus'': with its mace-like tail, it was the most ankylosaur-like of them all. These were among the biggest glyptodonts, and thus [[RuleOfCool the most depicted]].

Talking about glyptodonts' armor, it was the most powerful among every land vertebrate (tortoises excluded). It was made by a ''single piece'' made by several scutes fused together, smooth and usually round-shaped, unlike ankylosaurs whose armor was more flexible and spiky. With their compact frame and rigid armor, Glyptodonts were probably slower-moving than ankylosaurs, but still faster than a Galapagos' tortoise. Despite these differences, the glyptodont's armor was astonishingly similar to an ankylosaur's; only the upper parts of the body were covered, the underbelly was unarmored like ankylosaurs and hairy like modern armadillos; the head had a "shield" again like ankylosaurs, and their tail was also covered by bone.
1st May '16 3:04:44 AM schoi30
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!!Big Badass Armadillos: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon Glyptodon]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doedicurus Doedicurus]]'' *

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!!Big Badass Armadillos: badass armadillos: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon Glyptodon]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doedicurus Doedicurus]]'' *
1st May '16 3:01:30 AM schoi30
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After ankylosaurs went extinct, evolution decided to create their mammalian equivalents: the glyptodonts. They were xenarthrans as well, but related to armadillos rather than to sloths. Lived in South America for dozen million years, before going extinct only few thousands years ago: in short, they had the same identical history of their cousins, the giant sloths. Both groups were herbivores (despite giant sloths might be at least partially scavengers), and when adult, they feared no predators except humans. There is a secret behind giant sloths' and glyptodonts' success: their backbone. It was far, far stronger that every other mammal, permitting them to carry such heavy bodies around without suffering back pain. ''Glyptodon'' is the most well-known glyptodont, but it's also worth of mention ''Doedicurus'': with its mace-like tail, it was the most ankylosaur-like of them all. These were among the biggest glyptodonts, and thus [[RuleOfCool the most depicted]]. Talking about glyptodonts' armor, it was the most powerful among every land vertebrate (tortoises excluded). It was made by a ''single piece'' made by several scutes fused together, smooth and usually round-shaped, unlike ankylosaurs whose armor was more flexible and spiky. With their compact frame and rigid armor, Glyptodonts were probably slower-moving than ankylosaurs, but still faster than a Galapagos' tortoise. Despite these differences, the glyptodont's armor was astonishingly similar to an ankylosaur's; only the upper parts of the body were covered, the underbelly was unarmored like ankylosaurs and hairy like modern armadillos; the head had a "shield" again like ankylosaurs, and their tail was also covered by bone. Like ''Megatherium'', also ''Glyptodon'' was known by ancient humans; we now know human hunting wiped out these species, as the species on islands were the last to go, and as there is evidence of human hunting and habitat change in their habitat. Now, only far smaller xenarthrans survive; armadillos, tree sloths and true anteaters (sadly, the natural history of anteaters is poorly-understood).

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After ankylosaurs went extinct, evolution decided to create their mammalian equivalents: the glyptodonts. They were xenarthrans as well, but related to armadillos rather than to sloths.

Lived in South America for dozen million years, before going extinct only few thousands years ago: in short, they had the same identical history of their cousins, the giant sloths. Both groups were herbivores (despite giant sloths might be at least partially scavengers), and when adult, they feared no predators except humans. There is a secret behind giant sloths' and glyptodonts' success: their backbone. It was far, far stronger that every other mammal, permitting them to carry such heavy bodies around without suffering back pain.

''Glyptodon'' is the most well-known glyptodont, but it's also worth of mention ''Doedicurus'': with its mace-like tail, it was the most ankylosaur-like of them all. These were among the biggest glyptodonts, and thus [[RuleOfCool the most depicted]]. Talking about glyptodonts' armor, it was the most powerful among every land vertebrate (tortoises excluded). It was made by a ''single piece'' made by several scutes fused together, smooth and usually round-shaped, unlike ankylosaurs whose armor was more flexible and spiky. With their compact frame and rigid armor, Glyptodonts were probably slower-moving than ankylosaurs, but still faster than a Galapagos' tortoise. Despite these differences, the glyptodont's armor was astonishingly similar to an ankylosaur's; only the upper parts of the body were covered, the underbelly was unarmored like ankylosaurs and hairy like modern armadillos; the head had a "shield" again like ankylosaurs, and their tail was also covered by bone.

Like ''Megatherium'', also ''Glyptodon'' was known by ancient humans; we now know human hunting wiped out these species, as the species on islands were the last to go, and as there is evidence of human hunting and habitat change in their habitat. Now, only far smaller xenarthrans survive; armadillos, tree sloths and true anteaters (sadly, the natural history of anteaters is poorly-understood).
1st May '16 2:59:39 AM schoi30
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!!Big Badass Armadillos: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon Glyptodon]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doedicurus Doedicurus]]''

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!!Big Badass Armadillos: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon Glyptodon]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doedicurus Doedicurus]]''
Doedicurus]]'' *
1st May '16 2:59:26 AM schoi30
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!!Big Badass Armadillos: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon Glyptodon]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doedicurus Doedicurus]]''

After ankylosaurs went extinct, evolution decided to create their mammalian equivalents: the glyptodonts. They were xenarthrans as well, but related to armadillos rather than to sloths. Lived in South America for dozen million years, before going extinct only few thousands years ago: in short, they had the same identical history of their cousins, the giant sloths. Both groups were herbivores (despite giant sloths might be at least partially scavengers), and when adult, they feared no predators except humans. There is a secret behind giant sloths' and glyptodonts' success: their backbone. It was far, far stronger that every other mammal, permitting them to carry such heavy bodies around without suffering back pain. ''Glyptodon'' is the most well-known glyptodont, but it's also worth of mention ''Doedicurus'': with its mace-like tail, it was the most ankylosaur-like of them all. These were among the biggest glyptodonts, and thus [[RuleOfCool the most depicted]]. Talking about glyptodonts' armor, it was the most powerful among every land vertebrate (tortoises excluded). It was made by a ''single piece'' made by several scutes fused together, smooth and usually round-shaped, unlike ankylosaurs whose armor was more flexible and spiky. With their compact frame and rigid armor, Glyptodonts were probably slower-moving than ankylosaurs, but still faster than a Galapagos' tortoise. Despite these differences, the glyptodont's armor was astonishingly similar to an ankylosaur's; only the upper parts of the body were covered, the underbelly was unarmored like ankylosaurs and hairy like modern armadillos; the head had a "shield" again like ankylosaurs, and their tail was also covered by bone. Like ''Megatherium'', also ''Glyptodon'' was known by ancient humans; we now know human hunting wiped out these species, as the species on islands were the last to go, and as there is evidence of human hunting and habitat change in their habitat. Now, only far smaller xenarthrans survive; armadillos, tree sloths and true anteaters (sadly, the natural history of anteaters is poorly-understood).
1st May '16 2:36:19 AM schoi30
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!!Extinct rhinos: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolly_rhinoceros Woolly Rhino]], and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasmotherium Elasmotherium]]'' *

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!!Extinct rhinos: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolly_rhinoceros Woolly Rhino]], Rhinoceros]], and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasmotherium Elasmotherium]]'' *



Sorry, these aren't here. If you're looking for ''Mammuthus columbi'', ''Mammuthus imperator'', ''Mammuthus sungari'', ''Mammuthus trogontherii'', Dwarf elephants, ''Titanohyrax'', ''Machairodus'', ''Homotherium'', ''Megantereon'', ''Dinofelis'', ''Ursus spelaeus'', ''Arctodus'', ''Miacis'', ''Brontotherium'', ''Embolotherium'', ''Paraceratherium'', ''Megaloceros giganteus'', ''Bison priscus'', ''Bison antiquus'', ''Andrewsarchus'', ''Livyatan'', ''Mylodon'', ''Castoroides'', Ceratogaulids, ''Phoberomys'', ''Palaeochiropteryx'', ''Planetetherium'', ''Diprotodon'', ''Thylacosmilus'', ''Thylacoleo'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals here.]]

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Sorry, these aren't here. If you're looking for ''Mammuthus columbi'', ''Mammuthus imperator'', ''Mammuthus sungari'', ''Mammuthus trogontherii'', Dwarf elephants, ''Titanohyrax'', ''Machairodus'', ''Homotherium'', ''Megantereon'', ''Dinofelis'', ''Ursus spelaeus'', ''Arctodus'', ''Miacis'', ''Brontotherium'', ''Embolotherium'', ''Paraceratherium'', ''Megaloceros giganteus'', ''Bison priscus'', ''Bison antiquus'', ''Andrewsarchus'', ''Livyatan'', ''Mylodon'', ''Castoroides'', Ceratogaulids, ''Phoberomys'', ''Palaeochiropteryx'', ''Planetetherium'', ''Diprotodon'', ''Thylacosmilus'', ''Thylacoleo'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals here.]]
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