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Anonymous asked:

You'd be surprised how oblivious people can be. Most people see prehistoric, extinct animals and automatically assume "dinosaur". What is obviously not dinosaur to you, when labeled as a dinosaur for the sake of ease, becomes "oh, so that's a dinosaur" to the common folk. My bad, I see now it's a cetacian, not a mosasaur or ichthyosaur, which it appears to be in the cropped image. Zeuglodon was denied as a valid name for Basilosaurus, as per taxonomic naming rules.

Ya see, now I don’t thank yu givin the followers of this here humble blog enough credit. I believe most of them do understand dis difference, but I aint gon keep arguin about somethin neither of us can test. 

And yes, correctly, the mammal’s name is Basilosaurus, and yes, per taxonomic naming rules, but that name suggests he was a reptile (lyk yu first thot lol). The taxonomic rule is that the first name given, no matter how erroneous (even callin a mammal a reptile) sticks, even though Zeuglodon would be a correct name for a mammal such as dis. 

So let me get this straight, you are all for incorrectly calling a mammal a reptile if its per some archaic, erroneous rule, but you aren’t ok wit a rascal callin prehistoric water creatures water dinos for the sake of ease and with faith in my followers? yu done lost me with yo reason and [lack of] logic homie. 

Gather yo thoughts and pls get back to me about dat. pls. 


Anonymous asked:

There weren't really that many water dinosaurs, last I checked. The animal in your icon is a marine reptile, not a dinosaur. Half the stuff you're posting and labeling as a "water dino" is not a dinosaur at all. Marine reptiles, like plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs, are not dinosaurs, not by a long shot. It's like saying manatees are "water humans". They're not.

I am very well aware of dis. Yu are not the 1st person to bring dis ish to my attention && I feel lyk ive mentioned it before, but Ill do it again. When I say water dino, I do not mean dinosaurs that lived in the water. When most people hear dinosaur, they think of old ass reptiles, when there actually is a difference between prehistoric marine reptiles and dinosaurs lyk you mentioned. I merely use da title ‘water dino’ knowing it is a misnomer yet I feel most people understand it. 

I post prehistoric fish and whales which erryone knows aint reptiles and aint anywhere close to being dinos. Sayin water dinos is just easier than ‘prehistoric ish that lived in water’. So sorry for using a clearly incorrect name that everyone here understands is incorrect, for the sake of ease and fluidity. If I felt that everyone who read dese posts thought every single goddang one was a dinosaur, I would change mah ways, but I think most people understand what the title ‘water dino’ implies. 

I dont usually deal the sass to other people, but I diint appreciate ya goddang tone homie. Deuces. Also, my icon is a basilisaurus, or correctly labeled, Zeuglodon. HE AINT A MARINE REPTILE HE A MAMMAL SO CHECK YOSELF BE4 YU WRECK YOSELF 

mysticalliopleurodon asked:

I missed your amazingly fun and educational posts! What is the largest prehistoric water creature ever?

well gotdamn, I diint even kno I was missed! but ACTUALLY, I believe I have answered this question before, here where I discussd the longest water dino given that its a lil easier to measure lengths of skeletons rather den how big something actually was when we only got dem bones to measure wit. thanx for the question doe


Anonymous asked:

What would be a carnivorous water dinosaur that lived in the prairies in Canada???

the specificity of dis question confuzes me, but I believe I have found the water dino of which yu seek. I believe it wuz the mightee MOSASAUR! back in da cretaceous perid, the world was a lil more wet. North america was covered in a lot more water than it is today and mosasaur fossils have been found all the way up from Canada, down to Alabama. 

In all honesty, there could be many many carnivorous water dinos that live in the prairies and plains of canada throughout the course of da earths lyfe. But currently the largest fossil of a Mosasaur is up in Manitoba Canada so Im guezzin thats what yu look fo. 

Guezz what doe. The rascals name is Bruce. what a badass name for a badass water dino, ya hur?!


Anonymous asked:

how long water dinosaur can stay out of water?

depend on da type of water dino we dealin wit. some uv em clearly can do jus fyn outta the water, but most wouldn’t live to see anotha day. 

Think of a beached whale (nd I aint talkin bout yo mama at da beach). Yeah they breathe air (like water dinos) but they still aint gonna survive outta the water fo long. 

po’ lil rascal done ate his last fishy *pours one out for my homie liopleurodon*


Jurassic Predators Had Surprisingly Sensitive Snouts

by Jeff Hecht

Pliosaurs had massive jaws, crushing teeth – and sensitive snouts. That is the conclusion of a study on an exceptionally preserved 2-metre-long fossil skull.

Pliosaurs were the top marine predators of the Jurassic, growing up to 12 metres long, but their biology is poorly understood because nothing quite like them is alive today.

Davide Foffa at the University of Bristol, UK, may now have added an important piece to the puzzle of how they detected prey. He has found channels in a pliosaur skull that probably contained nerves and blood vessels, suggesting that it had a well-developed sensory system extending to the tip of the snout.

Palaeontologists have long recognised that pliosaur skulls, like those of many other vertebrates, have small holes called foramina leading into the interior. In living species these connect to nerves. However, this is the first time anyone has been able to trace the networks inside a fossil…

(read more: New Scientist)

illustration by Dmitry Bogdanov

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