Paleontologists completed a life-sized replica of Sue, the most complete T. Rex ever found.
And she is freaking GORGEOUS!
As I read more about this beauty, I found out some new details regarding things I thought I previously knew about the beast that was Tyrannosaurus Rex, and I’m going to share them with you.
First, and most obvious, her size:
This is nothing new, we all figured T. Rex was big, but I for one never stopped to consider exactly how big it was. Nobody ever really knows what to imagine when they read about something the size of a whale that walked around and ate everything it could kill.
Speaking of eating things, I just want to remind you all that T. Rex had--by miles--the strongest bite of any terrestrial animal living or dead, somewhere around six and a half tons of force. That’s over six times greater than the current estimate of what Allosaurus was capable of, and three times what was delivered by the highest measured reading of the living title holder--the estuarine crocodile. It didn’t have to waste time swinging its head open-mouthed like Saurophaganax for a little extra oomph, or grow fancy serrated teeth like Carcharodontosaurus to cut pieces out of its prey. It opted for the simplest approach: get its mouth around something and crush it to death; imagine the full weight of an elephant on whatever was between this thing’s jaws.
“How did it find something to eat?” I hear you asking. “It can’t see something if it doesn’t move, right?”
Listen, I love Jurassic Park too, but that’s a big crock of shit.
Notice how both her eyes face forward. That gives her binocular vision (the ability to focus both eyes on one target, like you and I). More importantly it means she has impeccable depth perception due to overlapping fields of vision from each, large, eyeball. Researchers agree that T. Rex not only had incredible vision, but that it was probably better than most modern animals--including eagles, hawks, and owls--and that she could likely spot something three and a half miles away. If something that big can see that well, it doesn’t matter if you move or not, she’d be able to tell if it was an animal trying to hide or a piece of vegetation. So pray she isn’t hungry if she lays eyes on you. And even if by some miracle she didn’t see you, she’d still smell you.
If she decided you looked tasty, you probably wouldn’t hear her coming as much as you’d feel her. Modern science indicates that T. Rex didn’t roar like in Jurassic Park, but rather bellowed or maybe even hissed like crocodilians. If she were on to you, you’d most likely feel this sense of unease creep up your spine as a low-pitched rumble in the air permeated through you. You wouldn’t know what it was or where it was coming from until you hear her footfalls. By then it’s too late--you could try to run but she’d probably catch you. There’s plenty on YouTube that reconstructs what T. Rex may have sounded like, and it’s legitimately haunting.
To wrap all of this up, the one bit of good that came out of the cursed year that is 2020 is that this wonderful child of science and art came into the world, and reaffirmed my respect and admiration for the eight ton slab of muscle and teeth that is this magnificent creature.
one of my favorite things about katniss especially in the first book is that she is literally ALWAYS scheming. and like it’s a great character trait honestly because she’s super observant and aware of how she is being perceived, but it’s also fucking hilarious because she constantly assumes that everyone around her is the same way. like when peeta is crying after being selected and she’s like “hm. what could this strategy mean? is he possibly trying to look weak to trick me? won’t work on me you chiseled beast” LIKE KATNISS HES JUST SAD
i think just for the drama of it all we should get to vote people off the met gala invite list like on survivor. and if you get enough votes, you're not allowed to come back next year. forcing them to actually step up their fashion game with consequences one vote at a time
I had a dream last night that I lived in a little Baba Yaga house with cat feet. It moved around in the woods very quietly and could climb trees, and when I made a fire inside and the house felt cosy, it would knead the ground contentedly. With the window open you could hear a soft crunchy sound as it clawed at dead leaves, and the motion of pushing in and out with its paws made the house rock gently from side to side and it was putting me to sleep, in my dream.
[ID: A digital comic of Miraculous Ladybug. Chat Noir and Marinette are in Marinette’s room. Chat is going through a box of yarn as Mari writes something at her desk. Chat looks at Mari and asks, “Hey, Marinette?” She turns around and replies, “Hm?”
Chat goes “mmm” and looks to the side, reluctant to ask. She asks, “What is it?” He says, “Do you think... if I gave you some hats... that you could add holes in them? For my cat ears." Marinette processes his question, and then goes, "oh!", a lightbulb popping above her head.
Some time later, Chat is laying on the floor of Mari’s room. Mari stands next to him and says, “Hey, kitty.” Chat says, “Hm?” She asks, “Remember those hats you gave me?” He tries to think of what she’s talking about, only to remember and exclaim, “You finished them?” It cuts to Chat holding a hat in his hands, looking at it in wonder. Mari says, “Yeah, I hope you like them! I added buttons so you can adjust the size if you want to.” He looks at her handiwork, thumb brushing over the buttons. Sparkles surround him as his eyes go wide. He hugs her and says, “Thank you so much! You’re really amazing.” She smiles into his shoulder and asks, “Aren’t you going to try them on?”
Chat poses in a mirror, hat and scarf on. He says, “I think I look pawstively dashing!” which gets an “ugh” out of Mari. He continues his thought, “Just in time for winter too.” He grabs his hat to take it off and puts it on a surprised Mari. Both of them look in the mirror. He says, “Looking pretty meowvelous yourself, Marinette.” She replies, “Whatever you say, Chat.”
Mari and Chat start posing in hats together. In the 1st panel, they’re both wearing cowboy hats and making finger guns. Chat is holding his tail as a lasso. Mari asks, “Why do you need a cowboy hat anyways?” He says, “What if there’s a cowboy themed akuma?” “Yeah, ‘cause you’re going to have time to get your hat for that.” “Maybe I will!” In the next panel, they both have on sunhats. Mari is wearing Chat’s scarf, and Chat has on a pink sparkly boa. He’s posing as Mari says, “Wait- let me get a picture!” and reaches into her purse for her phone. The next panel, they no longer have hats on, Mari's holding the camera and taking a picture. Chat's giving her bunny ears as she holds up a peace sign. She says, “Say cheese!” and he replies, “Ew.”
It cuts to Mari’s corkboard with pictures of her friends. All the pictures are blurred besides the picture of her and Chat, who are smiling. At the bottom, the text reads, “The End.” /End ID]
(longest image description i’ve ever written, but alt text would NOT let me put the amount of dialogue in this in under 200 characters.)
that post about media that you consumed when you were a little too young for it is very interesting but i also like to think about media that you consumed at the Exact perfect time in your life for it... its such a nice concept