What is up Brothers, it’s been a while and I’m back with a Bang. We gonna learn a hell lot of interesting facts about Dinosaurs, Ready?
Around 66 million years ago, the Earth was a very different place. The oceans where filled with gigantic marine reptiles such as the Megalodons and Liopleurodons. The land on the other hand was ruled by the dinosaurs. Creatures like the famous Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Then something happened.
Something that would cause 75% of the life on this planet to go extinct. It is known as the K-T or K-Pg extinction and what’s so remarkable with this particular mass extinction is how quickly it occurred. It was not a gradual process but instead seemed to have been triggered by a single event. An asteroid impact. The asteroid created a crater over 180 kilometers wide and 20 kilometers deep. (Source: National Geographic )
While it’s often said that dinosaurs went extinct around 66 million years ago, it’s not really true. What really happened is that all non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. Meaning that, taxonomically, modern day birds (like a chicken for example) are dinosaurs just as much as the T-rex was. In fact, the relation
between birds and dinosaurs are much stronger than we once thought. If you examine the embryo of a chicken and how its bones and body develop,
you’ll find a very close resemblance to many long extinct dinosaurs.
Chickens and many other birds still have characteristics like a long tail, hands, claws, and even teeth. It’s just that it’s hidden within their genetic coding and never actually develop.
The Death Pose
Many dinosaur and bird fossils have been found in what’s become known as “the death pose”. The pose consists of their neck being dramatically bent backwards, their tail extended, and mouth wide open. Why and how this occurs has been the subject for debate for many decades now. For the longest time, experts believed that the animals simply could bend this way in real life. But that seems unlikely, and it’s more reasonably caused by something after death. The most likely theory is that the ligaments in their bodies shrink once they start to decompose and thus the death pose is formed.
The group of dinosaurs known as Titanosaurs were, as the name implies, some of the largest dinosaurs we’ve ever discovered.
In fact,they are probably the largest terrestrial animals to have ever existed on Earth. Quite literally titans. Some of the largest in this group doesn’t even have official names yet and could grow to become 40 meters long and 20 meters tall. Their necks being so elongated that if they held it too high for too long they could pass out as their heart struggled to pump blood all the way up to their brain. The most astounding fact is that they could have weighed anywhere from 70-100 tonnes.
That’s roughly 15 of the heaviest elephants you can find squeezed into one single beast.
The Little One with Longest Name!
Micropachycephalosaurus is the longest generic name for any dinosaur so far. It means “small thick headed lizard” and the fact that it has the longest name is a bit ironic given that it’s one of the smallest and shortest dinosaurs found at only 1 meter long.
The Guy who Loves to eat!
Giant herbivorous dinosaurs known as Sauropods would roam the Earth during the Mesozoic Era and spend their entire life eating plants and various kinds of foliage. Their bodies were so ginormous that they didn’t even have time to orally process their food like we humans do. Instead, their head and jaws functioned
as simple harvesting tools to get plants into their bodies as quickly as possible. The stomach then took on the responsibility for processing and digesting these whole pieces of food.
But doing it this way created a lot of methane, or in other words, dinosaur farts. Sauropods alone, not including any other dinosaurs, are estimated to have released around 520 million tonnes of methane into the atmosphere every year. That’s almost as much gas that we humans are able to naturally and artificially
produce today. All from just one single group of reptilian rectums. Dinosaurs essentially terraformed a planet with their ass.
T rex with Feathers like Birds !
It’s long been known that most dinosaurs didn’t look like what we knew. With sort of leathery skin similar to a lizard. Instead, most dinosaurs had feathers covering their entire bodies.
It’s been proven time and time and again and even the T-rex had feathers. The question is why though? I mean, we now know that birds are in fact dinosaurs but birds use the feathers to fly. As far as we can tell, the T-rex could not fly. That would be scary as shit though.
Dino Technology !
The Stegosaurus is known for it’s weird looking plates on its back. And experts agree, it is weird as we can seem to figure out what purpose they served. One fascinating theory is that the Stegosaurus could control its
body temperature by regulating blood flow through them. The idea is that if it was really hot or cold outside, blood would start gushing in and out of the plates to keep an even temperature. It’s called thermoregulation and we humans do this as well. But instead of plates on our back, we for example sweat. Plates would be pretty cool though.
The First Fighter Jets?
Quetzalcoatlus was a flying reptile that existed during the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic Era. It is the, without question, largest flying animal
to have ever lived. They had a wingspan of up to 12 meters and weighed between 200-250 kilos. It would be like seeing a lightweight, living, breathing fighter flying around.
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