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thatpointlessidiot:

sashayed:

silvermoon424:

poppypicklesticks:

billybatsonandjameshowlettsbro:

cosmicallycosmopolitan:

billybatsonandjameshowlettsbro:

james-winston:

The Titanoboa, is a 48ft long snake dating from around 60-58million years ago. It had a rib cage 2ft wide, allowing it to eat whole crocodiles, and surrounding the ribcage were muscles so powerful that it could crush a rhinoTitanoboa was so big it couldn’t even spend long amounts of time on land, because the force of gravity acting on it would cause it to suffocate under its own weight.

I’m so glad they aren’t around

omg me too. I’m scared enough of 26 ft long anacondas. I’m so happy Megalodons, those giant sharks, aren’t alive either

Praise natural selection

I remember watching Walking with Beasts or something similar, or some British tv show about evolution

The subject was something like a 12 foot long water scorpion

I was so startled by its sudden appearance and narration that I yelped: “12 fucking feet?!?!  I’m fucking glad it’s extinct!” 

Dude, prehistory was home to some fucking TERRIFYING creatures. For some reason, everything back then was enormous and scary. Extinction doesn’t always have to be a bad thing!

And Poppy, what you saw was an arthropod known as Pterygotus (it was actually featured in Walking With Monsters). Not only was it as big (or maybe even bigger) than your average human, it had a stinger the size of a lightbulb. REALLY glad that bugger isn’t around anymore.

Also, Megalodon deserves to be mention again, because just hearing its name makes me want to never be submerged in water ever again.

GOD, I HATE THIS POST. HOW DO WE EVEN KNOW THAT SHIT ISN’T STILL AROUND? LURKING? EVOLVING? WE DON’T. WE DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT SHIT DOWN THERE. THE OCEAN IS A PRIMEVAL HELLSCAPE NIGHTMARE AND WE ALL JUST DIP OUR STUPID FRAGILE UNPROTECTED FETUS BODIES AROUND THE EDGES OF IT LIKE THAT’S NORMAL. FUCK THE OCEAN.

Here’s the thing though; We can be pretty sure that these critters aren’t still round because of the fossil record and the fact that there’ve been no sightings.

See, we’ll take Megalodon as an example.  Now, Meg fossils are a right pain because they were cartilaginous fish.  VERY BIG FISH, but still cartilaginous fish.  This means rather than a calcium bone structure the Meg had softer material for its skeleton, like the stuff in your ears and nose.  It’s flexible and pretty durable, but it doesn’t fossilize very well at all.  We know Meg because we find its fossilized teeth which were very hard and very durable and very plentiful because we think much like modern sharks, Meg probably had rows of teeth that came loose all the time and were quickly replaced.  We then, to the best of our ability, try to conceptualize what it looked like by judging from the teeth.  They’re very similar in shape, function and structure to Great White Shark teeth - so we assume that Meg was most likely similar in overall appearance as well.

Now here’s the thing: If Megalodon were still around, we’d find fossil teeth much more commonly, and we’d find them scattered around higher levels of the ground.  But we haven’t - Meg teeth are still kind of on the ‘harder to get ahold of’ side of the scale, and no Meg tooth has ever been found above a certain epoch line, the Pleistocene epoch.  Not a single one.  This is a big indication they were pretty well gone by that point.

Another reason is, we’ve never actually seen one.  The Megalodon is a big, big animal.  It’s one of the biggest predatory creatures that we know of that’s ever graced the planet, and judging by its teeth - they’re big, sharp, mean and aggressive - and the fact that we’ve found what were identified as Megalodon tooth marks on other fossils from that period, the Megalodon was likely a very active predator with a very active appetite.  This isn’t an animal that hides or skulks around, this is an animal that would be in everything’s face seeing if that submarine or if that ocean liner is edible because something that big and that strong is an apex superpredator - it would fear nothing because it would have nothing to fear except its own kind.

The fact we haven’t seen them before is actually a very good indication that they aren’t around anymore; The Megalodon in today’s ocean would have little choice except to follow pods of whales around as they migrate, because nothing else in today’s ocean is big enough to make eating them worth the energy it would take to hunt them.  And yet even though we follow whales closely, we’ve never seen any indication of something like Meg preying on them.  We theorize that the Megalodon was probably most at home in subtropical to temperate waters, which are the same frequented by humans over the course of our existence because they tend to be the most easily harvested from, and the fossil record indicates that within certain temperature ranges, it pretty much lived wherever it wanted to live because fuck us it’s a giant shark.  We’ve never seen a single sign of them.

Titanoboa?  A predator that large, living on land relatively near human populations in the tropics, would have been identified a loooong time ago.  Because in the entirety of human history, the animals we always take the time to document learn about and commit to memory the most quickly are the ones that can eat us.

As for Pterygotus and other sea scorpions, the largest known fossils are only a little over 8 feet, and while they often (But not all did!) had long spikes on their tails, we have no evidence they were venomous and were likely just used to poke things to death because they were pretty effective predators in their age.  Thing is though, that age ended with the Permian-Triassic extinction event.  The Permian-Triassic event is a REALLY big deal.  Judging by the fossil record, it’s been estimated that during this extinction event, 96% of all marine life went extinct - and it’s the only time in Earth’s history that we know of that insects were hit as hard as everything else.  They’re pretty tough customers.

It was very nearly a blank slate in the oceans, and the scary thing is nobody knows what caused it to happen.  We don’t know why Earth was very nearly wiped clean of all life on it, but it was, and as far as the fossil record shows, the sea scorpions were gone along with almost everything else.  For comparison, the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs only killed off around an estimated 70% of all life.

But that mass extinction was part of the chain of events that has so far led to us.  Extinction of creatures capable of utterly dominating our ancient ancestors and their ancient ancestors and their ancient ancestors all the way back to the very first mammalian creature is what has allowed life to evolve into what it has become today.  Without these massively catastrophic extinction events, things would have been very different on this planet in ways that are literally impossible to imagine because we just don’t have a frame of reference for that amount of difference.  But humans are far from the ‘end result’!  Eventually we’ll face an extinction event too, and yes, we’ll probably die out.  Extinction events happen with surprising regularity on this planet, and when they’re done, nature gets to work, because all those dead species leave behind lots of ecological niches to fill, and evolution will get off its butt and start going ‘Ooh, we need a new land-based omnivore, let’s see if this works!’  And eventually intelligence will probably evolve again, because it is definitely a boon to survival, and many millions of years after we go extinct, intelligent squidlike critters might be communicating with intelligent parrotlike critters about what all these odd ape-like fossils are doing in one spot like this, and completely misunderstanding what a cemetary was because they don’t have anything like it.

afro-dominicano:

christinefriar:

Unwilling to speak about anything but how gently this baby says “cheese” today. Thank you for understanding.

2nd time I reblogged this. this vid can end wars

ava-ire:

bonus:

He’s cute. He’s tall.
He’s got gorgeous eyes.
And a stunning smile.
I didn’t say a name, but he 
popped into your head,
didn’t he?

image

la-volta:

ddryeyes:

mooshroomsoup:

bundledupinhislove:

selahtime:

good for the soul

ah, the sparks of a campfire. good things.

This has to be the most calming thing..

i always reblog this

can anyone else hear the sparks crackling?

la-volta:

ddryeyes:

mooshroomsoup:

bundledupinhislove:

selahtime:

good for the soul

ah, the sparks of a campfire. good things.

This has to be the most calming thing..

i always reblog this

can anyone else hear the sparks crackling?

  • Snape:

    What would three young Gryffindors such as yourselves be doing inside... on a day like this?

  • Hermione:

    Uh... Well... We... We were just...

  • Snape:

    You ought to be careful. People will think you're...

  • Harry:

  • Ron:

  • Hermione:

  • Harry:

  • Ron:

  • Hermione:

  • Snape:

    ...Up to something.

Then finish it, because I’m with you til the end of the line.

elasticitymudflap:

ericaisawesome56:

farfromgotham:

Fun fact time: many of my old acquaintances still make joking comments whenever they see me wearing pink, because as a child (and honestly pretty much right up to high school) I would refuse to associate with any pink objects. 
It wasn’t because I didn’t like pink, it was because since I appeared female I was supposed to/ it was immediately assumed that I did and therefore it pissed me the ever-loving fuck off. I was ashamed to like it, which is terrible because pink is an awesome color. But when you shove it down young girls throats it gets really old, really fast. 
Give the child the fucking rainbow, and if they pick pink, it’s not because they are female and/or effeminate, it’s because they like the color pink. 

THIS.

Gosh this

elasticitymudflap:

ericaisawesome56:

farfromgotham:

Fun fact time: many of my old acquaintances still make joking comments whenever they see me wearing pink, because as a child (and honestly pretty much right up to high school) I would refuse to associate with any pink objects. 

It wasn’t because I didn’t like pink, it was because since I appeared female I was supposed to/ it was immediately assumed that I did and therefore it pissed me the ever-loving fuck off. I was ashamed to like it, which is terrible because pink is an awesome color. But when you shove it down young girls throats it gets really old, really fast. 

Give the child the fucking rainbow, and if they pick pink, it’s not because they are female and/or effeminate, it’s because they like the color pink. 

THIS.

Gosh this

yourlifeisapie:

restaurant-rants:

planetsxcollide:

violentsandwich:

screaming-at-the-constellations:

That’s fucking cruel

This isn’t fucking funny. My mom has been a waitress almost all of my life and for most of it we lived off of scraps. She worked hard every damn day being paid less than minimum wage to help raise us four kids. All of our meals, all of our clothing, all of our school books, our fucking rent was always paid by tips. Some weeks were better than others but we learned how to make our dimes stretch and now she is doing better, with a manager position where things are more stable for her.
Bakc to the point, don’t any of you ever, EVER FUCKING DO THIS. SPREADING THE WORD OF YOUR RELIGION IS FINE AND DANDY BUT DON’T TO IT AT THE COST OF A SINGLE MOTHER NOT BEING ABLE TO FEED HERSELF SO HER KIDS CAN HAVE A PLACE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT.

^^^This

When Christians act like little fucks

This is such an incredibly UNChristian thing to do.