Ryuzaki blogged
Mar 22, 18 5:40pm

Joined Neoseeker in 2003 as alleniverson3. Made another account in 2007 as Cattle Mutilation. Came back to Neoseeker in 2018. Changed name to something less obscure and disgusting. I like vidya games and wrestling. I'm sometimes awkward as hell. My knees hurt.
Moggie blogged
Mar 17, 18 2:32am

I'm genuinely upset at this point. 2 shiny snivys yet neither with contrary..

 

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EpicRaptorMan blogged
Mar 9, 18 3:11am


Dinosaurs are reptiles, but what distinguishes them from other reptiles such as lizards and crocodiles? Well, the answer to this question is rather quite simple. It is all in the hips.
Most reptiles such as lizards and crocodiles have sprawling or semi-sprawling legs with their hips being nearly parallel to the ground. Dinosaur legs, on the other hand, are positioned directly beneath their bodies; similar to a human. This new stature is all thanks to an opening in the hip socket. This evolutionary design gave early dinosaurs the cutting edge over other reptiles whom lacked the hole in the hip. Dinosaurs were faster, more agile, and had greater stamina when compared to the relatively sluggish reptiles that lived along side them.

During their long reign, dinosaurs shared the planet with a multitude of other prehistoric creatures. Marine reptiles such as the plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs in addition to the flying reptiles -- the pterosaurs. But do not be mistaken as these were not dinosaurs because they lacked the unique hip placement. Marine reptiles were simply reptiles that adapted to an aquatic lifestyle during the Mesozoic Era and pterosaurs could be seen as cousins to the dinosaurs that branched off from a common ancestor.


Clades of Dinosaurs
Dinosauria can be split into two large clades, the Saurischians ("lizard-hipped") and the Ornithischians ("bird-hipped").
Saurischians possessed a three-pronged pelvic structure with the pubis aiming forward. Examples of Saurischians include Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, and Brachiosaurus. While Ornithischians had their pubis rotated backwards, parallel to the ischium, giving the animal a four-pronged structure. Examples of Ornithischians include Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, and Triceratops.

Saurischia hip on the left. Ornithischia hip on the right.
Elektrakosh blogged
Mar 7, 18 4:45am

I have found that I really cannot fit in here. Yes, I post silly statuses and post jokes but that is to cheer you guys up. Someone somewhere may need to smile, yes? I see the interaction between folk here and wish I could do the same.

Having apergers is tough and I'm isolated (socially) with frequent depression and anxiety that likes to crop up and make things even worse.
At the moment I am having such an episode and communication with everyone is a challenge. This one cannot step into a conversation.
Please forgive me for not being good company.
Moggie blogged
Mar 6, 18 9:56am

Finally... but...it has overgrow..
I spent so lonG AND IT HAS OVERGROW WHYYYYY

I'm gonna have to hunt again. This is painful. I'm so sad rn thiS IS TOO MUCH
BuddhaMew blogged
Mar 6, 18 9:48am

Looking for a trustworthy trading partner for Pokemon Sun. I hope to connect with someone who is faithful to trade-based evolution needs and will return pokemon to their original owners. I want to make a commitment to you in helping you with your trade needs as a real player. For any type of pokemon. I do not support people who trade for value, power, or levels. Just a friendly support partner who is willing to share pokemon together, and help with evolutions. I am a casual player, I genuinely do not care about your status.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Mar 2, 18 11:53pm


Death is often viewed as an eternal slumber, but a human can only imagine. But for the past 140,000,000 years this little dinosaur has been trapped in its sleep.

Mei long means "soundly sleeping dragon" and was a duck-sized troodontid. It was originally uncovered by paleontologists in Liaoing, China in 2004. But what really caught everyone's attention was that M. long died, undisturbed, in its sleep.
The holotype, IVPP V12733, was a mere juvenile at the time of its death. This critter was only twenty-one inches in length, but was complete and well preserved in three-dimensional detail. The hind limbs were neatly folded below the body while the youngster's snout was comfortably nuzzled beneath one of the forelimbs. This sleeping position bares a striking resemblance to that of modern birds which strengthens the theory that birds are the descendants of maniraptoran dinosaurs.
A second individual was unearthed, DNHM D2154, also appears to have died in its sleep.

Although the real question is just how did Mei die?
Mark Norell, an American paleontologist who participated in discovering the original specimen believes that M. long could've been a victim of noxious gas such as carbon monoxide. This would explain why the dinosaur died undisturbed. Norell also speculates that M. long was buried quickly as a result of a nearby volcanic eruption since there is a lot of ash in the surrounding sediments.
Luciano700 blogged
Feb 24, 18 11:34pm

Just went out to eat with my family[including my grandparents who are visiting us out of town] to eat at this place called Dragon Chinese bistro, shit was good.
Elektrakosh blogged
Feb 24, 18 9:27am

A sad day for me. RIP Tigsidian, my Oscar Cichlid. Found him dead on the bottom of the tank this morning. Been busy emptying my tank and cleaning it out all morning. I miss him.
hamsterlove blogged
Feb 23, 18 11:56pm

Hello darkness my old friend I've come to post a bit again.
Last time I logged in I was a kid...now here I am a real adult. I never imagined this place would ever have so much meaning to me but it does. I spent 6 years meeting people and annoying people in Loungin' and they were good times. Then I left for 6 years.. so half the time I've had this account I was a ghost.

Idk if yall will remember me but its me hamsterlove. Back from the dead. Living life as a 23 year old with an actual life and no attachment to fictional characters. Incredible right? I've really changed. Hard to believe I'm the hamsterlove who screamed about sonic characters and talked in all caps.

Honestly so much has changed that I don't know where to begin. If anyone remembers me please say hi!

I am home on neo ♥
Elektrakosh blogged
Feb 23, 18 2:30pm

You have to look twice at this speech bubble to make sure you didn't misinterpret it's meaning
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Captain blogged
Feb 22, 18 10:13am

I want to think out loud here for a moment. What I write here may or may not be true, but it is just how I feel.

With that out of the way, I want to analyze my failure as a moderator here.

My vision as a moderator is as this: one who leads a community in discussion by either creating events, threads, or games. The discipline and thread clean-up comes second.

What did I fail to do? I failed to lead a community. I am much better at finding duplicate threads or threads with no real quality and fixing them, but when it came to leading my forums, I failed.

When I first took the spot as Retro's co-mod, I feel like I was just helping Chimaira succeed in his already successful and popular run as mod there. It was really him who did the work. I just provided chat and support. While I could see my co-moding as a good idea, I sort of failed to live up to the expectations. I stepped down for two reasons, and one of them was that I felt like a lousy mod who couldn't really lead a community.

I was then re-promoted back to co-mod in Retro. I had time to think about my first failure and tried to take a new approach to things. I let allingo come up with the bulk of the ideas and I would try to be a sort of rally-man and get people to jump into his new ideas. It worked for a little, but I still felt like I was lacking. I tried to copy ideas from Jabba Overkill and Kaharius and Grayson, but I lost steam in that and didn't inspire others to really go for it either. Once again, I failed to lead a community so I demoted.

Lastly, and my biggest failure, was in Food & Cooking. I had a lot of good ideas and I thought with a temporary spot, I could see if they worked. I got a good amount of participants for cooking. I was actually starting to feel....happy with my leadership. Then, by the end of things, people started to get busy because of the holidays. Was it bad timing? Probably, but it was hard to drum up the initial success after the holidays too. Cooking is time consuming. I understand that. After a long day of work, the last thing you wanna do is write about what you had for dinner, especially if all you did was throw a Hungry Man in the oven. I was offered a permanent spot after my temp time was up, but I declined as I saw the cloud of inactivity looming and I didn't want to up and leave within a month. I figured the temp spot got me a good feel of what things would be in the future.


So, I failed. Three times. I think that's enough for me to understand that I'm not cut out for the mod business. It isn't like people think this way about me. Plenty of you guys have been supportive and said I did a fine job, but it isn't enough to convince myself. I feel like I'm a much better part of a mod's leadership than I am as the actual leader.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Feb 14, 18 6:56am


You may have already heard of it and its famous tooth-whorl, but how much do you really know?
Helicoprion has an extended history of different and confusing reconstructions. And because of this, most of the public has an outdated view of Helicoprion. So let's fix that, shall we?

The story starts off when a fragmentary fossil, that resembled a circular saw, was discovered in 1899 by a Russian geologist of the name Alexander Petrovich Karpinsky. Karpinsky gave the animal which it belonged to the name Helicoprion meaning "spiral saw."
Though there seemed to be one little issue...this saw was detached from the rest of the body and Karpinsky had no way of knowing where it belonged! So the hypotheses began rolling in... At first, Karpinsky suggested that this saw started in the animal's mouth and curled upwards along with the snout in a tight curl.
Charles Rochester Eastman, an American paleontologist, proposed another hypothesis in 1900. That hypothesis was that these "teeth" were actually spines located on the front of the dorsal fin on the shark's back and would have been used a possible defense mechanism. A couple of years go by and Karpinsky made another suggestion...that Helicoprion's saw could have been a part of its tail, dorsal fin, or even lower down on the fish's back.

Whatever the case, in the early days of Helicoprion reconstructions, most scientists agreed that this saw-like structure was used for some kind of defense.

Jump ahead a couple of years and in 1950 another Helicoprion whorl was uncovered in the Waterloo Mine near Montpelier, Idaho. In 1966, sixteen years later, the fossil was finally described by Bendix-Almgreen. The bad news? The fossil had been greatly damaged, but the clearly visible 117 serrated teeth placed on a spiral with a diameter of 23 centimeters also contained some cartilage from the head and jaw of the animal. With that, the quest to find the whorl's proper placement was narrowed down to somewhere in the jaw region.
However, the next handful of decades would still wield a wide variety of incorrect reconstructions. A few possibilites that researchers suggested in this time include:
• The whorl was placed on the lower lip and curled underneath the chin.
• The whorl was located within the center of the mouth where the tongue would be.
• The whorl was located further back and closer to the throat.

But in 2013, with the help of modern technology this long lasting debate has finally been settled. The cartilage from the fossil found in Idaho in 1950 underwent a CT scan and when coupled with computer modelling a new reconstruction of Helicoprion was born. This one showed that Helicoprion's tooth whorl was placed inside a relatively short lower jaw.

Similar to sharks, who have multiple rows of teeth that are continuously replaced, Helicoprion had a partially covered tooth system. The researchers go on to say: "Continual growth of the whorl pushes the tooth–root complex in a curved direction towards the front of the jaw, where it eventually spirals to form the base of the newest root material, and this process continues to form successive revolutions. At some time, prior to a complete 360 degree evolution of spiral growth, tooth crowns are concealed within tessellated cartilage on the upper jaw.”

Helicoprion also lacked teeth in its upper jaw. So when it came to feeding the researchers suggested that Helicoprion would close its mouth, causing the tooth-whorl to rotate backwards; slicing up its soft prey (such as small fish or cephalopods) and pushing them further back towards the throat.

At long last, the mystery of Helicoprion and the tooth-whorl has finally been solved. However, the story won't end here as one question may be answered, more questions are still in need of answers.


And here is another piece of information that maybe hard to swallow: Contrary to popular belief, Helicoprion wasn't really a shark! The skull cartilage of Helicoprion contained a specific double connection that is a trait of another group of cartilaginous fish called Euchondrocephali. Although the public may know them as ratfish or chimeras.
Moggie blogged
Feb 8, 18 8:19pm

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Finally got it! 5iv and 400ish eggs later, and it has its special attack and speed!! So happy- full odds
 

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EpicRaptorMan blogged
Feb 8, 18 1:07am


Image credit goes to alphynix.tumblr.com
The genus name Odobenocetops is a combination of both Greek and Latin. Greek odon meaning "tooth", and baino meaning "walk." While Latin cetus is "whale" and ops meaning "like", to form the complete meaning of the name: "A whale that seems to walk on its teeth."
Plus, the name refers to the modern day walrus (Odobenus).

Odobenocetops was a relatively small whale, only reaching lengths of 3-4 meters. But the size is definitely not what makes Odobenocetops unique...no, they can thank their tusks for that.
In one male specimen of O. leptodon the skull beared a 3.9 foot long tusk on the right side, but only a short 9.8 inch long tusk on the left. However, it is important to note that this is the only male O. leptodon skull known...so it is possible that this wasn't present in all males of this species. Some possible functions for these tusks could be that they were used by the males to fight for females, searching for food in the ocean bed, or even as a sensory organ like narwhals today.
Now, if you paid close attention to what you just read, you'll remember that I mentioned that the name Odobenocetops is a reference to modern walruses; let's explore that a bit.
Walruses and Odobenocetops have a couple things in common, this is an example of covergent evolution. Much like a walrus, Odobenocetops had a pair of downward pointing tusks. Furthermore, Odobenocetops had a high vaulted palate (a.k.a. the roof of the mouth) -- another shared trait with the walrus. But why is this important? Because in today's world walruses primarily feed by sucking out the meat from the shells of mollusks by utilizing their tongues and arched mouths to form a vacuum. The presence of this vaulted mouth in Odobenocetops is evidence that they too were molluscivorous.
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