EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jul 11, 17 2:55am

Phorusrhacids, or better known as, Terror Birds were apex predators of the South American continent throughout the Cenozoic era from shortly after the K-T extinction up to their disappearance more recently (roughly 2,000,000 years ago).
These birds came in various shapes and sizes usually reaching 1-3 meters (3.3 - 9.8 feet) tall. Terror birds were known from South America, but once the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the oceans it created a land bridge connecting the two American continents. Soon after that the event known as the Great American Interchange went underway. As wolves, cats, and bears invaded South America one terror bird in particular traveled northward; Titanis walleri. Besides this it is possible that phorusrhacids also lived in Africa and Europe, but this is still questioned.

Terror birds could not fly, but instead they hunted in the open plains and could rely on chasing down their prey by running at speeds of around 30mph. Aside from being swift terror birds also had large heads, sharp curved beaks, strong necks, long legs, and deadly talons. Although there seems to be one flaw -- due to proportions terror birds had relatively weak bites... Instead, it is possible that for larger animals the birds could use their legs to deliver powerful blows; stunning the animals. Then, using their feet and talons the bird can pin the wounded animal to the ground. Lastly, using the powerful neck the bird would forcefully peck the prey to death.
As for smaller prey, phorusrhacids could simply crush them using their mighty feet and talons or viciously pick up the critter in its beak and slam it to the ground before swallowing it whole.

(Kelenken guillermoi lived in what is now known as Patagonia during the Miocene epoch; 15 million years ago. It was discovered in 2006 and is currently the terror bird with the largest skull. Kelenken's skull is near perfectly preserved and was 28 inches long with the beak alone being roughly 18 inches long!)

Today, Terror Birds no longer exist. The reason for this is often blamed on the Great American Interchange where the new predators from North America simply caused too much direct competition for the birds. Humans are also often blamed, but the last phorusrhacids vanished from the fossil record at least a million years before the first humans.
Agent Aitch blogged
Jul 10, 17 11:11am

OK, so maybe I exaggerated a little... I just submitted an online application at Taco Bell. I talked to my ex-boss, who is more-or-less a friend of mine, over the week-end when I got a Quesarito, and she promised it wouldn't be bad. I have some psychological problems, so even though I hated it so much a few months ago, for some reason I believed her and I knew I had to apply.
Please pray for me... I need to get mental help, but I dont know how to do that without my family finding out.
Agent Aitch blogged
Jul 8, 17 6:07pm

I still can't find a job, except... Taco Bell. It seems like my family is pressuring me to go back there, but they don't know how much it hurts.
Either way, I can't stay unemployed forever. I can't ever possibly explain to them how I feel.
I'll probably submit an application this week. I'm really depressed and confused and lost right now. I don't know what to do.
Heh92 blogged
Jul 7, 17 6:29am

Hey guys, before you decide not to do business with me based on my 1 (negative) review, please read my response to that review. Being a new member on neoseeker and also new to the trading/buying/selling scene, I'd really like to build up my reputation and prove that I'm an honest buyer. I'll ALWAYS offer to either go first or pay for a verified Neoseeker MM like Reefbooty or AxnkooL. Thanks! :)
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jul 6, 17 1:04am

Sauropods such as Apatosaurus and Brachiosaurus were once believed to be aquatic/semi-aquatic animals. Some sauropods, such as Argentinosaurus, could reach close to 100 tons in weight. The sheer size of these types of animals led scientists in the 19th - early 20th century to believe that sauropods were simply too large to have their bodies support the weight on land. Most restorations depicted sauropods being fully or partially submerged in water. This image was questioned in the beginning of the 1950s, however, these were flawed studies that ignored evidence that the bodies of sauropods were heavily saturated with air sacs...
In the 1970s more research was done that combined the sauropod's air sacs and an aquatic lifestyle went underway. Paleontologists added evidence from sedimentology and biomechanics to show that sauropods were primarily terrestrial animals. In 2004, it was noted that due to the extensive system of air sacs, sauropods were buoyant and unable to completely submerge themselves under water. Sauropods could float.

In favor of swimming sauropods, trackways have been discovered preserving only the forefeet (manus) prints. These tracks could be explained by macronarian sauropods who have longer forelimbs that were used to walk through the shallower waters, while their shorter hind limbs floated behind. Nevertheless, due to body proportions, floating sauropods would have been very unstable while immersed in water for long periods of time. Sauropods may not have been aquatic, but footprints located near coastlines and in floodplains suggest that these animals did prefer wet habitats at least some of the time.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jul 4, 17 2:32am

Canis dirus ("fearsome dog")
These ancient wolves are actually quite famous North American predators. The dire wolf is also the most commonly preserved animals in the La Brea Tar Pits located in Los Angeles with hundreds and hundreds of fossilized individuals.
The dire wolf coexisted with the Canis lupus (gray wolf) for around 100,000 years! However, the dire was larger and more robust than the gray, thus suggesting that the dire focused on larger and more powerful prey such as horses and bison. The dire wolf is also considered to be a pack hunter, but the large amount of fossil evidence implies that the dire wolves formed even larger packs than their gray counterparts (which usual consist of less than 10 members).
Dire wolves also had strong family bonds. These animals have been known to suffer from significant injuries such as crushed skulls and completely broken forelegs. Fortunately these injuries often wind up healing. This means that if a member of the pack is hurt then the rest of the pack would chip in and aid their fallen.

Why did the dire wolf go extinct? Well there is simply too many factors that decide extinction. Whatever the case scientists do know that the disappearance of larger prey items, which they specialized in hunting, did contribute to the dire's long rein. While their smaller counterparts, the gray wolves, continued to thrive as they regularly fed on smaller prey.
allingo blogged
Jul 3, 17 1:38am

I have a confession...

The gaming world, when it started, and the gaming world, as of now, are two distinct thing. As much as like AAA game like Forza or Titanfall or even smoother gameplay-style game like Life Is Strange or Until Dawn, the golden age of video games will still have a special place in my heart... and my shelve. Games like Earthbound, the early Mario, the early Pokemon, Excitebike, Pole Position, Super Metroid, Megaman, the early Kirby, etc... But i came to a point where i'm having some concerns...

The gaming world of today have changed. Changed in a way that (in my opinion) is not ok. Games, back in the day, were played on console that was never on the internet. Local multiplayer was the furthest you could go. So when you release your game, you'd better make sure he's finished. Because you won't be able to patch it later or release DLCs. Today, technology evolved at the same speed as developper's laziness... But i'll push my luck even further...

You remember that day when your the big brother was playing the red plumber, and you were playing the green plumber? Or when you showed off your early Call of Duty skills by shooting ducks with that plastic gun with your friends? Or even when you started your pokemon trainer career for the very first time on your big gray handheld? Sorry but i'll be rude: that time is GONE!

Today, the video games we played, the industries we saw growing and the community we helped to build, has come to a point where calling myself a gamer is even more insulting than calling myself a lonely loser. We don't play for fun anymore. We are seeking the top of the leaderboard, we are seeking ass-blasting, mind-destroying difficulty in games to trash our sanity to the brink of the death. We are seeking people that will watch us playing on the internet for our lust of attention and self-confidence. Yes, you readed right. We don't need attention, we LUST for attention.

Games have lost what they had and used to be: fun, well-balanced and gamers to treat theses games right. While some of today's game are still amazingly great, there will be always one major thing that will make you hate the game: the toxic community, the overflowing/overpriced DLCs or stupidely high difficulty appllied to games that don't need it. I don't always try new license or new games that easily as before, because of all of the above. I'll stick to games and franchise that i already know. Beside, Starting from 2018, i'll go on a massive hunt for retro console and games. I'm already building the budget for it.

So, that leave my mind with one unanswered question: Can we save the video games?
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jul 1, 17 3:12am

For those of you who don't know... This is my 50th blog post. Which seems like a milestone to me, but I doubt anyone bothers reading these things... So why do I mess with it? Well mostly because I am bored and this is what I enjoy doing. Below you will find a Q&A about paleontology (the study of prehistory) and how it pertains to my life. Also, feel free to comment and ask questions yourself!
-When did you become interested in paleontology? Much like any other little boy, I was fascinated by dinosaurs. As my friends and I grew older they all began losing interest...but I was different and instead my fascination continued to grow through the years.
-Why did you become interested in paleontology? Honestly, I have no clue. I don't remember a time when I wasn't interested in this kind of stuff. Perhaps the mystery, power, and sophistication of the past would have something to do with this.
-How did paleontology affect your life growing up? Being so passionate about this science was almost, in some ways, a curse. My parents thought I was 'immature' for not outgrowing such a childish subject. While my friends and teachers always considered it to be my thing. Growing up I was often envious of others and their talents, skills, or unique characteristics... "What do I have that makes me stand out?" I would continuously ask myself... It didn't take me long to find that one out...
-Do you have any plans to go into the field of paleontology? Totally. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed to become a paleontologist. I am currently going to school to one day earn my Ph.D. in Paleontology...but that is still a long ways away.
-Where do you get your information from? A plethora of books, documentaries, and documents. Although you can never fully trust a single source so that is why research is so important.
-What's your opinion about paleontology in modern society? Well, nonetheless, paleontology has grown. Although many people are unable to distinguish fact from fiction thanks to social media. Films like Jurassic Park have indeed popularized this field, yet it has also cursed it with misinformation. But hey, I guess without misinformed people then what would be there to teach and debate about? Right?
-In your opinion how important is paleontology compared to other sciences? It is certainly a growing field with a rich history and a bright future. And I believe that anyone can learn something since afterall, paleontology is essentially the accumulation of multiple other sciences (such as anatomy, astronomy, biology, chemistry, climatology, ecology, geology, hydrology, meteorology, and etc...).
-What do you wish to do if you were a paleontologist? I want to reach the top of my field and become an inspiration for the next generation. I also want to further revolutionize this science in which I am oh so passionate about. (And I wouldn't mind naming a few animals myself).
-Is there any other side jobs you would be interested in? Well yes, actually. I have always enjoyed writing and drawing so I wouldn't mind authoring and illustrating my own book one day.
-Do you know any paleontologists? Personally? No... Although some famous paleontologists such as Scott D. Sampson and Jack Horner have served as inspiration for me growing up.
And well that's it. Hope this wasn't too boring for you guys to read...
Agent Aitch blogged
Jun 29, 17 11:35am

Gah... I can't find a job... I worked at Taco Bell last year, and the boss is practically begging me to come back, but it was so stressful over there that the only thing I could think of when I was there was how much I just didn't want to live anymore. What's more, the guy I thought liked me, the guy I thought I liked, the only one who ever made me feel like I was worth anything, is dead now, and I might have been able to prevent it if only I had done things differently.
I admit, I'm still fighting depression and have been for the past few years, but I know that with God's help I can overcome any obstacle I come across.
Gameplay blogged
Jun 21, 17 7:01pm

Just got a second NEW 3DS XL since my old NEW 3DS XL was starting to lose functionality in the D-Pad and the X-Button. Now I have two 3DS' and am able to do my Poke'mon Trading on my own as well as practice with my Battle Teams without worrying about my poor internet connection!
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jun 19, 17 11:06pm

Stegosaurus is definitely one of the most recognizable dinosaurs ever. In fact, Stegosaurus is so popular it has been featured in various films, cartoons, books, toys, postal stamps, and was even declared the state dinosaur of Colorado in 1982.

The most noticeable feature of this dinosaur are its dermal plates, which consisted of 17 to 22 separate plates. These plates were in fact highly modified osteoderms, similar to the ones seen in many other animals such as modern crocodiles and some lizards. Osteoderms are connected to the skin and not the skeleton. Stegosaurus' largest plates could grow up to 60cm tall and wide. The main purpose of these plates were most likely for display or possibly thermoregulation.
Stegosaurus is also equipped with four long spikes at the end of its tail, known as a thagomizer. These lethal spikes would have been used to fight off hungry, late Jurassic predators.
ThornSnyder blogged
Jun 18, 17 3:42pm

Planet Master is an idle game created by MistGame for the Google Play Store.

In this game you journey throughout the universe to liberate the planets from a mysteriously labeled "Them"

With each planet comes the female personification of that planet who will accompany you along the way as shown here with earth:

The game has an interesting and unique art style, representing each of the Women as unique and individual from one another. Not only in looks, but if you click the "eye" icon located just above the "Level Up" button then they will join you on the main screen to provide little tidbits of information about themselves and the universe as seen below:

The game begins with you first meeting/saving Earth from "Them". She is the first planet you will unlock and you can earn resources(crystals) by tapping on the Earth. Before long, you'll have saved enough to "contract" the girl herself to provide resources for you!

The game progresses from there, with you slowly unlocking planets and contracting the Planetary Girls. As you level the planets and the respective Women for the planet, the resources provided increase.

As you play a few other things are occuring:

As you can see, ships are flying by! Along with idling you can destroy ships sent by "Them" to gain resources. Shipwrecks can also be repaired to provided a 30 Second increase to production value for every planet.

You may also have noticed the two counters at the top, the Polkacoins and Cubes. These are the Premium currencies of the game, both of which can be earned simply by playing and completing Daily Quests:

There are seven total daily quests that reward Cubes and one daily quest that rewards Polkacoins. Cubes can also be earned by destroying Battleships - special, larger ships that start to appear after G3 - and Polkacoins can be earned by destroying the Mothership after G5.

Polkacoins are mainly used to buy cosmetic outfits (as you can see in the image showing Earth) or more Cubes which can be used to do a variety of things, such as refilling the ammo for your gun, providing a temporary boost for your planets, or unlocking unique, permanent Girls like Black Hole shown below:

Women unlocked using Cubes are permanent and do not go away after a (soft) reset.

Like many other idle games, you earn a unique currency while you play that can only be redeemed by resetting your entire Galaxy(or by spending Cubes). This currency is called "Gas" as is the last counter below Cubes.

Gas can be used in a variety of ways after resetting. One such way is to increase Planetary Earnings, Gas Earned Upon Reset or to decrease the time it takes a planet to produce resources (Shown below in order):

Or to improve or modify your weapon shown here:

All-in-all, it is an extremely fun game and one I would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys idle games. It has an interesting play style, unique and enjoyable graphics and an amazing Developer behind it.

Speaking of, MistGame is a rather fantastic Developer. They are highly responsive to not only emails, but also to comments on their Facebook Page and reply to (almost) every Google Play review.

There are currently a few bugs in the game still, such as Daily Quests resetting twice and becoming unobtainable, but Mist has done a fantastic job communicating with the community (and compensating them) about the issue and are looking in to fixing it as fast as possible.

I would give this game a solid 10/10 as it's one of the idle games that has drawn me in and kept me captivated. It also does a great job of providing players with Premium Currency and only seems to have one hard wall (G5 to S1) that makes you feel like you need to pay to progress, but as a free-to-play player myself, I can assure you that you do not.

Not that I wouldn't mind supporting this amazing Developer though :)

Thank you for reading,
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jun 17, 17 4:23am

The evolutionary history of the horse goes back tens of millions of million years, to a time not long after the dinosaur extinction...
First, we'll discuss Eohippus, an animal that was only the size of a small dog. Eohippus' features include a short head and neck with an arched back. The teeth of this animal were mostly used for grinding foliage and fruits on the forest floor in which they lived. At this time the horse ancestry had 5 toes on their forelimbs; four of the toes were equipped with small proto-hooves while the hind legs had hooves on 3/5 of the toes. The feet of Eohippus were also padded --much like dog or cat's feet. To some it is surprising that the large and noble horses today could trace their family tree back to an animal such as Eohippus.

As many stages of evolution progressed animals such as Miohippus appeared in North America as the first, primitive grasses began to evolve. The environment began changing from forests to prairies and the horses grew larger with longer legs and stronger teeth. By this time Miohippus walked on 3 hooved toes.

Merychippus appeared during the midst of the Miocene epoch. This animal had wide molars for eating tough grasses. The hind legs had shorter side toes that would've rarely touched the ground.

Jump ahead a few million years and we find ourselves smack dab in the Miocene epoch. Pliohippus would have been a fast running animal that was very similar to the present day Equus, but despite being a close relative of Equus, some features just simply did not add up. Pliohippus wasn't the direct ancestor to modern horses.

And finally we reach the latest; Equus. This final genus includes horses, donkeys, and zebras. In modern times some equines have coexisted with humans in symbiotic relationships for millennia now and was completely domesticated by ~3000 BC.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jun 12, 17 7:17pm

The Carboniferous period is famous for its ginormous terrestrial invertebrates. The reason for this is that the Earth's atmosphere had the highest oxygen levels in geological history. An astounding 35% compared to 21% today. Some of the gigantic inhabitants include:
More on the Carboniferous Period here.

-Length: 2.6m (larger species)
-Width: up to 50cm
-Range: Scotland & northeastern N. America
Many fossilized tracks have been discovered created by this mega arthropod. Some tracks even showed Arthropluera moving around trees and rocks as it made its way through the prehistoric forests.
It was once uncertain whether Arthropluera was carnivorous or herbivorous, but when analyzing the digestive tract scientists found spores from plants similar to ferns -- suggesting Arthropluera was a herbivore.

-Wingspan: 75cm
-Range: Western Europe
"Meganeura" (large-nerved) is a Carboniferous insect that resemble and are also related to modern dragonflies. These hawk-sized insects were carnivorous and thanks to their large size they had a larger menu. Other insects and invertebrates, small amphibians, and early reptiles were all at risk of being devoured.

-Length: 70cm
-Range: Scotland, West Lothian, East Kirkton
Being a scorpion and all, Pulmonoscorpius was most likely a carnivore. Although Pulmonoscorpius had relatively small pincers so perhaps it fed on smaller organisms or that this arthropod simply relied more on its venom to kill prey.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jun 9, 17 1:00pm

Einiosaurus was a medium-sized centrosaurine ceratopsian from the Cretaceous period and was discovered in Montana. Einiosaurus appears to be an example of an intermediate position on the evolutionary line of the centrosaurines.
The most noticeable feature of Einiosaurus was its nasal horn which strongly curved forward and down, however, this characteristic may only occur in some adult individuals.

The discovery of Einiosaurus made scientists further question whether or not the horns and frills of ceratopsians were used for defense.
Einiosaurus' nasal horn was pointed downward, a position where the horn would be of little use when fighting off a hungry predator. Other evidence to support that ceratopsian horns/frills weren't used for defense includes:
-As juveniles, ceratopsians only possessed rudimentary horns & frills; a time when they were most vulnerable.
-Each species of ceratopsians had a unique set of horns and frills. If they were used for defensive, surely evolution would've standardized the design.

With that said it does not mean the horns and frill were never used for defense, just perhaps not as the primary purpose in some species.
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