Kam blogged
Jan 6, 18 6:01am

I recently finished Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows Of Valentia. All I can say is...thank god that's over with...Okay let me explain.
It's not that Echoes was a bad game. Far from it in fact. It's got a great story if not one of the best stories I've ever got from a video game. And that's saying a lot. It wasn't the characters. I loved the dynamic between the Ram Village people, Faye's unrequited love for Alm, Tobin and Gray fighting over Clair, Kliff's general unemotional reaction to a lot of situations, and Alm and Celica's undying love for each other gave the two a sense of purpose which can often get confusing in other games. and it wasn't all the levels because I play it for the story so I always go on Casual mode. What bugged me was one level in general. The levels in this game weren't that complicated really. Sure I died here and there but that's to be expected and I always back up. So I would go and grind, come back and win. But there was one level in particular that gave me severe anxiety and that level was the Rigelian waterfall level. Many of my units were armored units or cavalry so a level with a waterfall you had to go over and mages didn't really mix well. I went into this level confident. I was a full-blown Fire Emblem veteran. I knew a lot. A tactician that started in the kingdom of Ylisse and had brought his talents to Valentia was stopped by a frickin' waterfall. Man did this make me mad. I've never blown up at a video game. This lead to me abandoning the game and stepping down from tactician to a manager of my own island in Tomodachi Life. This is the reason why on my 3DS, my activity log says that I've played over 200 hours of Tomodachi Life. Because I was going through a metaphorical depression of failing a level repeatedly in a game, especially in my favorite video gaming franchise, Fire Emblem. I feel like I'm in one of those terrible teenage sitcoms where the girlfriend(I'm not a girl but I'm the only one with emotions) says she needs a break from her boyfriend(Echoes) and then engages in a relationship with that other guy(Tomodachi Life) then realizes she loves the boy and they get back together just in time. And it's a darn shame that I traded a good story for a kid's version of the Sims(My drug-like addiction to Tomodachi Life is a story for another time.)
I finally got past that level after about six months(Last month) of drowning myself in Tomodachi Life branded alcohol. In comparison, it took me a week to complete Fire Emblem Awakening. Now you can see how depressed I was from not being able to beat this game. I told myself: NO! And I threw Tomodachi Life back into my case and went back my true obsession, being a tactician. Unfortunately for me, I hit another roadblock when I accidentally saved on the final level when there was no way to get back. But I was on game adrenaline. And after about two weeks of once again depression, I went back and beat the crap out of this game. And boy was the ending all the more enjoyable. In those six, nearly seven months, I've sulked about not beating a game and drowning myself in Tomodachi Life and I got myself and ending that really said, 'you worked hard, dude.'
Overall I'd give Valentia a 9/10, the nine because of this game making me so mad that it made me turn to something like Tomodachi Life.
Munakata blogged
Jan 4, 18 8:31am

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Lesley Pro_04 blogged
Dec 30, 17 8:12pm

2017 is soon to come to a close, and it has been quite the year in many different respects! With that being said, it only seems right to look back on the moments that really shaped 2017 for me, both the good and the bad.


As some of you may already know, I started streaming on Twitch earlier this year, in May. Mostly, my content has been A Link to the Past Randomizer, however I have mixed it up to include a few No Major Glitches runs as well as a Super Mario Bros 3 (All Stars) stream. In the coming year, I plan on expanding that content to include other titles including Super Metroid.

As a result of my involvement with A Link to the Past Randomizer, I entered a tournament featuring other Randomizer players to see where things stood. Sure, I finished 1-3 in the group stage of the Secondary Tournament, but I really feel like I gave it my all and my experience with said Tournament did not end there as I was also a part of the commentary group.

In itself, commentary was a lot of fun as I got to work with a number of different folks that really helped to make it a fun experience all around! I will never forget my first commentated race where Paradox Cave (a cave with 7 treasure chests on East Death Mountain) had 3 Sword Upgrades and Half Magic in the cave's Mini Moldorm room!

With all the fun that I've had commentating so far, I decided to continue with commentary, now for the ongoing Zelda 1 Randomizer Tournament that will resume after AGDQ 2018. The one race that I have commentated for that tournament so far (a showcase race) was insanely fun and I'll be looking forward to calling more races going forward. Side note: there's also an upcoming Super Mario Bros 3 Randomizer tournament. Will I be commentating for that as well? Stay tuned!

Could have been two, but something came up. More on that later.


Work has definitely been a hassle in years' past, and I'm sure some will remember me complaining about it in more recent times from 2011 onward to the present, but not so much in the past year or so. However, things finally changed for me in August when I saw an opportunity that was knocking at my door.

A year-long probationary period that I was on expired that month, and knowing that I knew that I could seek an opportunity in another work center as let's face it: working front end as a cashier was making me extremely miserable. So I checked what was available on the board at work, and saw that there was an opening on the Consumables team.

Long story short, I asked the proper folks and that opportunity that I saw came true as I was moved from Front End to Consumables! Since then, my anxiety at work is way down compared to what it was and I'm much happier in this capacity than I ever was on the front end! Plus the hours are constantly good so that's a major plus! ^_^

So, with all this going on, I haven't been around on Neoseeker as often. Don't worry, I'm still around and will still be a part of this community for years to come--I've met so many awesome friends on here that I wouldn't dream of leaving! :D

I'll be posting a Sports Year in Review in the Sports Forum at some juncture as that would detract from this blog.

Family: Saying Goodbye

The toughest part of this past year was late November to early December. Because Thanksgiving plans weren't being made with my Mom's family, I thought of something different. Since I wouldn't be traveling as usual as a result, I said to my Mom "why not have Thanksgiving here so we can include Ashley (my girlfriend) as well?"

The day was going very well, but my Mom got a call from her brother in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the news was not good at all, as my grandmother's internal organs were starting to shut down. She wasn't given more than 10 days to live, and that news was devastating to my Mom. The best thing I could do at that point was comfort her as she was distraught.

Fast forward to mid-December. I was set to call my first race with LoZCardsFan23 as part of the Zelda 1 Randomizer tournament later in the evening when I received a phone call from my mom at about 11:45 AM. It was one of those calls in which I knew something was wrong; my heart sank to hear that my grandmother passed away at 9 in the morning.

So at that point I had to set my affairs in order at work as well as all my other commitments because this was a family emergency that I knew was going to happen at some point. Didn't know when it would happen, but I knew what I had to do after getting off the phone: pack to leave town for a couple of days.

That was probably the toughest 48-52 hour stretch that I've had in a long time as I was trying to hold my emotions in check for as long as I could. But that only lasts for so long, and then reality hit as we were leaving the funeral home the following morning. With that being said, I was faced with a choice: stay until Sunday's funeral, or take the train back to Boston. I was unsure as all heck, however my Uncle reassured me by saying that I was doing the right thing for myself in that situation.

His words in my mind, I boarded the Downeaster for the first time and rode the train from Brunswick, Maine to Boston. Was struggling to hold it together at times, and couldn't even finish what I got for lunch as my heart really wasn't into it. Then I got home and broke down in Ashley's arms as I was at that point in which the emotional dam was breaking, and words cannot express how grateful I am that Ashley was there for me at that point in time.

On a side note, I did learn one lesson from my first experience on the Downeaster: ride the train facing where you're going, and not facing where you've been, as I had a case of motion sickness as a result. Thankfully the train isn't very stop-and-go heavy as that took some of the edge off, as did napping and drinking water (similar motion sickness on a bus gets worse for that reason).

Unfortunately, my Mom wasn't able to make it down for Christmas as a result of the weather being extremely uncooperative. That made things tougher as my grandmother absolutely loved the Christmas season, but we pulled through, and I made sure I remained in the Christmas spirit with getting gifts for others. Thinking of doing more for next year's Christmas though...


2017 was a very good year for the gaming industry across multiple platforms, with hits including Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Nier: Automata, Metroid: Samus Returns as well as Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. While I didn't get a chance to play all the titles that I just listed, I did get a chance to watch them all and I'll say this: 2018 has a tough act to follow in the gaming industry, and I'm hoping that the game developers and publishers deliver!

Final Thoughts

Before I call it a blog post I do have a few final thoughts to post about the year, and how I've continued to grow as a person, plus some things I'd like to take on in the new year.

In 2016 my eyes were opened to the benefits of being positive, and that advice continued to help me grow and improve throughout 2017. Things that used to set me off no longer were, and I was finding my way through a number of situations that I wouldn't have been able to before. I took on new challenges which set the table for other things to come in 2018 and beyond.

However, personal growth never stops or else one goes on a back slide in terms of progress and we don't want that! With that being said, amongst the things I wish to improve on in 2018 include:
  • Getting myself out of this phase in which I'm not always motivated. This includes a number of things, including getting out of bed as well as getting things done at home and elsewhere.
  • Learning where things outside of my department are on the sales floor, as well as remaining focused at work. Got the opportunity I wanted, now it's time to earn my keep and then some!
  • Continue to remain true to myself and what I believe in.
This was a long read, but in closing I'd like to thank all of my friends, my family and everyone else that made 2017 the great year that it was! Did I make 2017 My Year? Yes I did! But now it's time to make 2018 My Year all over again and then some!

Happy New Year everybody! ^_^
Alan G blogged
Dec 19, 17 9:52am

No more shopping left to do! Just need to wrap up those presents and get started with the food shopping. It is an endless process, only to be repeated next year!
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Dec 13, 17 9:03am

The year is 1991, and an outstanding discovery has been unfolded near Shell, Wyoming. The discovery is an Allosaurus fragilis and at 8 meters (26 feet) in length this individual is below average in terms of size; this one is a subadult approximately 87% grown. That's not all! At 95% complete, this specimen (MOR 693) is very well preserved and paleontologists will nickname this discovery "Big Al".

Analyzing the bones of Big Al it becomes quite obvious that he suffered from a hard, fast life.

At least 19 pathologies can be located across the animal's skeleton several of which showed osteomyelitis; a bone infection.
- Five ribs on the right side (3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
- Left ilium
- Right scapula
- Manus phalanx
- Gastralia
- Cervical vertebra
- Three Dorsal vertebrae
- Caudal vertebrae
- Chevron
- Two metatarsals
- Two pes phalanges
All of these injuries managed to heal, except for the broken toe on the right foot. This injury was on the 1st phalanx of the 3rd toe (the toe which beared the most weight) and would have caused extreme pain and forcing Big Al to limp. As time passed the toe injury failed to heal and became infected, being afflicted by an involucrum. Struggling to find food and water during the harsh dry season, Big Al would eventually collapse in a dry river bed.

This dry river bed would swiftly envelope Big Al's corpse with sand and mud. The well preserved bones on the left side of Big Al also indicates that he laid on his left side at the time of death.
There is little sign of any animals scavenging on Big Al's carcass, however, upon close inspection there is evidence that hundreds or even thousands of beetle larvae used his body for nourishment.
As Big Al's carcass laid in the barren stream bed, the scorching heat from the sun dried his muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. His jaws opened, his head was pulled back, and his tail extended creating the well known "death pose".

It only took half a year of many flooding events to completely bury Big Al in sediment.

Image credit goes to Patriatyrannus on deviantart.

The discovery of Big Al made global news and in 2001 BBC released a follow-up special to the successful Walking with Dinosaurs titled The Ballad of Big Al featuring Big Al and the events of his life and death.
The Ballad of Big Al
Gamerdude97 blogged
Dec 11, 17 9:16am

So a few days ago I found a video in my youtube log that I didn't watch. I'm 100% certain that I didn't watch it and found it weird that it would randomly be in my log like that. When I checked out the video it turns out it's some absurdly weird hacker video that says "I have an X-Mas gift for you" in my home language. When I further decided to check out the comments on the video several other people from my country also commented that that particular video had randomly entered their log even though they didn't watch it either. That's so strange...
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Dec 10, 17 5:46am

This was a super predator of the late Devonian period. There are currently 10 separate species of Dunkleosteus with the largest species, D. terrelli, growing up to 6 meters (20 ft) in length and 1 ton in weight...one of the largest placoderms to ever exist.

Just looking at this animal and you can tell it was a monster, but add in some biomechanics and it becomes all the more scarier.

Using biomechanics, D. terrelli had a highly kinetic skull that was powered by a four-bar linkage mechanism. This four-bar linkage consisted of kinetic joints connecting the skull, thoracic shield, jaw depressor muscle, and inferognathal (lower jaw). Just like in all other four-bar linkages, there is a firm foundation (in this case being the thoracic shield) and three movable parts. The cranio-thoracic articulation attached the rear of the skull to the thoracic shield and the skull is rotated dorsally by the epaxial muscle, the jaw joint is pulled forward and the inferognathal rotates credit to its attachment to the thoracic shield.
By using computer models to stimulate skull motions and bite forces it shows that D. terrelli used this mechanism to increase jaw speed and power.

Speed: Within 20 milliseconds the jaws would swing open from a closed position...so fast that the jaws created a suction; sucking the doomed prey deeper into the mouth. After 50-60ms the jaws would be slammed shut again. This feeding habit is called 'suction feeding' and can still be seen in some modern fish today.

Power: Dunkleosteus also had one of the strongest bites in history!! Computer simulations reveal that a large individual could generate a maximum bite force of 4,414N on the anterior fang and 5,363N on the posterior part of the blade.
These numbers greatly exceed those of all modern fish and most modern mammalian predators, including the Spotted hyena which is capable of cracking bones. Only super-sized alligators and dinosaurs excel in this category.

And what is the point of all of these adaptations? Well, the marine habitats that Dunkleosteus lived in also contained a vast array of placoderms, early sharks, arthropods, and ammonoids. All of these potential prey sources displayed some sort of protective armor, which Dunkleosteus had to break past to reach the edible flesh below.

Fun Fact: Only the armored head of Dunkleosteus is known, so paleontologists are uncertain as to what the rear portion looked like. However, they based their reconstructions off of a much smaller yet more complete placoderm, Coccosteus for aid.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Dec 7, 17 5:41am

For a long time since their discovery, dinosaurs were depicted as dull and sluggish reptiles that dragged their tails through the dirt. And for centuries dinosaur footprints have been discovered, but what about tail tracks? Traces of tail drags are quite rare and for most of the drags that are found usually consist of temporary touchdowns (like when the animal rears up to reach higher foliage).

Ornithischia, one of the major clades of dinosaurs, had ossified tendons in the spine; particularly the tail. The ossified tendons stiffened the tails and would have improved locomotion. In turn, the tails were physically incapable of being dragged.
(Stiffened tail of a hadrosaur seen below).
onlygraphics blogged
Dec 1, 17 7:48pm

i'll be going back to my childhood home for the chrismas holidays, i haven't been back there since 1997 so hopefully this trip will be a good one.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Dec 1, 17 6:01pm

Stegosaurus, was first named by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1887. Ever since its discovery the Stegosaurus was notorious for being utterly stupid.
(Below is an image showing the brain cavity of Stegosaurus (in red).

Soon, Marsh began studying endocasts, which are internal casts of a hollow object, and in this case was the skull of a Stegosaurus. By performing endocasts we can get some general information of the brain's size and shape as well as some specifics on the development of the senses such as vision and olfaction. After comparing the brain cavities of Stegosaurus and an alligator Marsh states:

Marsh then concludes that Stegosaurus had one of the smallest brains relative to any known land vertebrate.

It did not stop there. Marsh also performed an artificial endocast in plaster of the Stegosaurus' sacral cavity, which is located in the hip region. In many vertebrates the spinal cord is thicker where it sends off nerve branches to the forelimbs and hindlimbs, but for Stegosaurus this cavity was unusually large...estimated to be 20 times larger than the brain. Marsh then described the sacral cavity as a "posterior brain case" and "posterior nervous center"-- thus the "Butt Brain" myth was born.

(Above is a comparison of a white plaster cast of a stegosaur sacral cavity and a natural stone endocast of the brain cavity).
It is often thought that this "butt brain" would control the coordination of the hind legs and spiked tail. A few scientists have even gone as far to say this "brain" was used for digestion and reproduction. Alternatively, some speculate that in this space there would have been an organ that was like a radio repeater, speeding up the nerve impulses so that the tail can react quicker when the Stegosaurus was threatened (if only such organ existed). This is all speculated simply because the real brain seemed too small.
The idea of a second brain is silly and generally is not approved by most paleontologists.

But if it wasn't a second brain, then what was it? Well, present day birds, the descendants of some dinosaurs, also possess a large expansion in the spinal cord. Inside this space of a bird's hip was a glycogen body. Glycogen bodies store energy-rich glycogen in the hips. Maybe Stegosaurus had this too? What is frustrating is the fact that scientists don't really know what the glycogen body does...perhaps it helps with balance, or storage of nutrients for when times got rough, or something else.
If this space did house a glycogen body for Stegosaurus we don't even know what biological role it accomplished. One thing is certain, dinosaurs did not have butt brains.

Want to learn more about Stegosaurus? Then go here.
Elektrakosh blogged
Nov 29, 17 11:02am

A policeman pulled a female driver over and asked to see her license.
After looking it over, he said to her, “Ma'am, it stipulates here on your license that you should be wearing glasses.”
“Well, I have contacts,” the woman replied.
“Look ma'am, I don’t care who you know,” snapped the officer. “You’re getting a ticket.”.
Elektrakosh blogged
Nov 28, 17 8:59am

Kanto: Get given a starter pokemon and an empty pokedex to fill up by catching Pokemon from a Pokemon Professor
Yay, learning about Pokemon by catching and battling!
Rival is a smart ass and always one step ahead.
Team Rocket: We are gonna steal your Pokemon, make you spend all your pokedollars in our casinos and extort money at every opportunity!
Me: Hell no!
The trainer eventually battles the Team Rocket Kingpin, Giovanni in his Gym. He runs off. Wins the Pokemon league. Catches Mewtwo.

Johto: Get given a starter pokemon n empty pokedex to fill up by catching Pokemon.from a Pokemon Professor
Oo, more Pokemon to learn about!
Rival seems to hate the world, particularly dislikes the weak.
Remnants of Team Rocket: We're still gonna go catch and steal your pokemon and extort money only this time we're gonna call our boss on the radio tower so he'll come back while the radio waves force the Magikarp evolve!
Me: Oh no you won’t!
The trainer eventually puts Team Rocket’s scheme into deconstruction. Finds out that the rival is Giovanni’s son. He hates Team Rocket. Hrm.. so that’s what Rocket Boss was up to? Nah, that can’t be right. Wins the Pokemon league. Catches the ever roaming Legendaries, too.

Hoenn: Get given a starter pokemon n empty pokedex to fill up by catching Pokemon.from a Pokemon Professor
Oo, more Pokemon to learn about again.
Rival is a nice guy and Wally got a shiny Ralts! Well, there goes my chance of finding one.
Team Magma: We’re gonna summon Groudon so it’ll make more land for us and pokemon to live on!
Team Aqua: We’re gonna expand the sea so the pokemon who dwell there can enjoy more room!
Me: Wait, have you thought this through? I mean, seriously tampering with the environment is really, really bad idea. No, really.
The Teams are defeated but summon the Legendary Pokemon anyway and all hell breaks loose.
Me: For the love of Lord Helix!
The trainer eventually stops the chaos by catching the offending Pokemon. No more bad weather. Wins another Pokemon league. Good times.

Sinnoh: Get given a starter pokemon n empty pokedex to fill up by catching Pokemon.
Oo, more Pokemon, eh? Nice.
Rival is uhm... yeah. Barry? Could also be your alter ego in the game.
Team Galactic: We want to recreate the entire Pokemon Universe!
Me: That’s... A little drastic, isn’t it?
The team get thwarted, however Cyrus has other plans.
Cyrus: The human heart is weak! Screw you world, I’m going to remake the universe so there shall be no emotion. It will be perfect!
He summons both Palkia and Dialga using red chains. Giratina pops up and spirits Cyrus away.
Me: This guy sure knows how to bring it down upon himself.
With the help of Cynthia, the trainer goes to the Distortion world captures Giratina and meets up with Cyrus which seems to like it there. Went home, beat the Pokemon League. Nice.

Unova: Get given a starter pokemon n empty pokedex to fill up by catching Pokemon.
Oo, more Pokemon, eh? Nice.
Rival is N? Cheren and Bianca?
Team Plasma: We shall liberate all the pokemon! We will steal them if we have to!
Me: Isn’t thieving pokemon sort of Team Rocket’s bag?
Team Rocket: Oi! Pokemon theft is our plan! Get your own plans, you fakers!
Me: I thought so. Anyway Plasma, you are not getting my team.
Random encounters with Plasma grunts and the rest of the hierarchy are hunted down. Blast that Team Plasma! N is defeated
Ghetsis: That boy is a freak and a failure!
Me: Bloody hell, mate. No need to be like that. I defeated him because he wanted me to throw away my team.
Ghetis: Actually, I exploited the team so I’ll be the only one with Pokémon because I am perfect!
Me: You’re not! Plus you’re not exactly the winner of “Father of the year” award neither.
The trainer beats seven shades of uh,... manure out of Ghetsis’ team. Also gets the chance to catch Zekrom. Happily skips off and defeats the champions at the Pokemon League.

Kalos: Get given a starter pokemon and empty pokedex from Trevor to fill up by catching Pokemon.
Oo, more Pokemon, Good galloping Arceus! How many of them are there now?
Rival: Tierno, Shauna, Calem, Trevor?
Team Flare: We are going to make a better, more beautiful world...
Me: That’s nice. Makes a refreshing change from all that exploiting, stealing and general bullying that most teams go for.
Team Flare: And make money while doing it!
Me: Oh...kay. I suspect that’ll be tough...

The trainer meets up with the Professor who introduces you the Tall red haired guy

Professor Sycamore: Here’s one of the trainers endeavouring to fill the pokedex
Lysandre: Ooh look one of the Chosen Ones have arrived. I'm Lysandre. It is good to see trainers striving to achieve their goals. Oh look you have a Holocaster.
Me: Wow, thanks you are really kind guy. (Although for some reason his whole appearence screams that he could be sort of....villiainous.)

Team Flare are seen attempting to steal fossils, electricity and pokeballs. They are also thwarted. Trainer helps an Abomasnow who was harrassed by more Team Flare members
The trainers find out that Team Flare are not the good guys they say they are. The trainer is eventually contacted by Lysandre.
Lysandre: I shall use the ultimate weapon and erase all life from the world! I’m going to fire the weapon and drop a giant laser beam on all of your heads! The chosen ones will be spared so, you know, for continuation of human life in a less populated, better and more beautiful world.
Me: I really liked you right up until you said that you want to drop a giant laser beam on my head. You’re going down!

Trainer defeats Lysandre once in the Labs then having to choose a button for the “Chosen one” test, in the Team Flare Secret HQ which was a big fat lie. Bloody Xerosic!
Battled and caught a nifty Xerneas in the Secret HQ it was linked to the weapon!
Battled and defeated a pimped out Lysandre who threw down those cool shades in a rage.
*Lysandre: I had given people all the things that they need to help themselves.. .But they just want more and more resorting to theft! People and their entitlement!...
Trainers attempt to reason with him, he decides in his wisdom that everyone shall share the same fate and fires the weapon which resulted in many a fouling of britches and people scarpering. Weapon fired upon itself burying Lysandre.
So in X he said that you would live forever. So basically he had buried himself alive for all eternity? That has to hurt. Poor guy.
Anyway crisis averted, time to go defeat the Pokemon League. The trainer did so.

*I think that this was glossed over somewhere in game. Can't rightly remember if it was mentioned but I got the impression.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Nov 28, 17 12:50am

The debate on whether or not Tyrannosaurus was an active predator or a scavenger has been going on for a century now!

Predator Theory:
·The cranial orbits of Tyrannosaurus faced forward and gave the animal bionuclar vision, much like a modern lion or human. A scavenger, on the other hand, would not need such advanced depth perception.
·Tyrannosaurus was also equipped with powerful jaws and serrated teeth.
·Due to the long and robust legs, some paleontologists believe that T. rex could run at speeds of 30 mph. However, more recent studies put the average adults of a speed around 18 mph.

Scavenger Theory:
·Some scientists believe that Tyrannosaurus was quite slow and incapable of chasing down prey.
·Famous paleontologist, Jack Horner, who is in favor of the Scavenger Theory says that the eyes of T. rex were too small to spot distant prey.
·The arms are too small and too weak and were useless for hunting.
·The olfactory chamber was also highly advanced and would grant the T. rex the ability to smell carcasses from miles away.

However, many scientists agree that Tyrannosaurus was both a predator and a scavenger. For example, modern day lions are known to actively hunt, but they are also known to steal carcasses from hyenas or scavenge when the opportunity presents itself.

In favor of the Predator Theory, in 2013, a hadrosaur tail was discovered in South Dakota and interestingly enough had a four centimeter-long Tyrannosaurus tooth embedded within. What makes this discovery stand out is the presence of healed bone that grew around the tooth; fusing the vertebrae together. But what does this mean? This means that this hadrosaur escaped the attack and lived on for months or even years!

Even with this evidence, it still doesn't end the long-lasting debate. So what are your thoughts? Is Tyrannosaurus a predator or a scavenger?
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Nov 23, 17 4:40am

A prehistoric flying squirrel? Well, not quite.
This is none other than Volaticotherium antiquum, a gliding mammal of the Jurassic period.
Volaticotherium was no flying squirrel, but it did possess a gliding membrane. This membrane extended between the limbs and then to the base of the tail as well as the fingers.
This gliding mammal also had a couple other adaptions that allowed it to be so successful: A flattened tail to increase air flow and proportionally longer limbs (a trait many flying/gliding animals share). Being an arboreal, or tree-dwelling, mammal the toes of Volaticotherium were designed for grasping...the hands on the other hand were poorly preserved.

Volaticotherium's teeth were also unique. Long, backward curving cusps and lengthy canines implies a carnivorous diet, but being as small as it was, Volaticotherium probably only ate insects.
Elektrakosh blogged
Nov 16, 17 9:47am

A priest books into a hotel. At reception, he asks if the porn channel is disabled.
The receptionist looks at him in disgust and says "No, its just regular porn you sick bast*rd!"
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