Allosaurus maximus, known to some as Saurophaganax maximus. A huge allosaur from Late Jurassic North America, and basically the T. rex of its time, in both name and niche.
Allosaurus maximus, known commonly as Scarlet Allosaurs, are an outlier amongst their kin. While allosaurs are generally solitary, many species are inclined to form loose alliances to take down larger prey (though said alliances only survive as long as the prey does. Feeding frenzies are common, and oftentimes the weaker allosaurs in the gangs cannibalise each other to compensate for the share of meat claimed by the stronger ones). Scarlet Allosaurs, however, are almost never found in groups. Their size renders the need for teamwork during hunting largely absent. In extremely rare occurrences, two or three Scarlet Allosaurs may be seen engaging a particularly large sauropod, and these gangs are strangely peaceful, insofar as not resorting to cannibalism or violent frenzies. Instead, they eat their fill, giving little to no notice to their allies, and then go their separate ways as if they’d never met at all. The only reliable cause of combat between Scarlet Allosaurs is territorial dispute, and these are also rare. For this purpose, their ancestral protofeathers have evolved into rigid, pointed dorsal quills, to discourage biting and thus minimise injury. To any other large predators, Scarlet Allosaurs are highly intolerant and will be more than willing to throw their weight around to intimidate local competition, if not kill them outright. Amongst each other, though, significant dispute is a rarity within a rarity, and one could be led to believe that Scarlet Allosaurs are generally docile because of it. This is only true if you are also a Scarlet Allosaur. If you’re not, maintain distance.
Vulture Culture Canada is a location specific group that primarily focuses on the interest in and collection of animal remains, as well as the processes of cleaning and preserving them. Above all this group is meant to be a safe and educational place.
And so it begins…The start of the “forbidden soup”. This is the head of the coyote I found back in January. I was too lazy to skin the head before sticking it in the bucket. However, as temperatures aren't quite consistently warm enough here to really kick the process off, I may return to it in the next couple of days and strip it down.
Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, a gigantic theropod from mid-Cretaceous Northern Africa. Well-known as having lived alongside Spinosaurus, they probably wouldn’t have come to blows all too often, being specialised for different prey items. Besides, this dude’s cool enough on its own merits, no counterpart needed.
Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, known commonly as the Greater African Walkingshark, is an elusive and reserved animal, valuing its privacy and your distance greatly. Like most megatheropods, the adults will not go out of their way to hunt humans, but they will grow aggressive if you come too close. Furthermore, “too close” is, by all accounts, not really that close at all, as this particular species of walkingshark prefers a considerable radius of personal space. Observe with binoculars or not at all, and don’t trust that it won’t see your vehicle as a potential meal. If this happens, thankfully, it takes little more than waving your hands and yelling loudly to drive the animal away. Greater African Walkingsharks are deceptively shy and averse to conflict. Because of this, don’t go out expecting to see a fight between a walkingshark and a Pharaoh River Dragon (Spinosaurus aegyptiacus). Such occurrences are exceedingly rare and usually anticlimactic.