Seven years after an elk hunter accidentally
stumbled on a fossil in Montana’s Charles M. Russell National Wildlife
Refuge, the new species he found by mistake has a name — Nakonanectes
“Nakonanectes” is to honor the
native Nakona people of Montana, and “bradti” is after David
Bradt, the hunter who discovered the fossil, according to a statement from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Bradt first discovered the fossil in a stream in 2010, he believed it
was from a dinosaur. “It’s about the size of a cow, and I’m thinking
it’s a triceratops,” he told the Associated Press.
But when paleontologists excavated and studied the fossil, it turned
out it belonged to a prehistoric sea creature that lived in an inland
sea east of the Rocky Mountains some 70 million years ago, according to
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context: our DM didn’t name shit, so names were made up on the fly
DM: and so you enter the town of…
half-orc paladin: bulgium, founded after greg, the guy with a magnificent bulge
rest of the table (myself (a elf wizard), a human druid, and a half-elf monk) break out into laughter, quickly followed by the DM and the paladin.
and later, we discovered there was a hamlet quickly named by our monk, ‘dimsdale’
and yorkshire, the next town over, you can’t forget that
and later the DM drew us a map, that the half-orc paladin and I added things to, we now have an inland sea called ‘the sea of doom’ near 'the trail of doom’, with a fishing village of 'ills of the forgotten’, along with 'the pit of death’ which is a desert
A fabled land even in the Seven Kingdoms, YiTi is a large and diverse country, a realm of windswept plains and rolling hills, jungles and rain forests, deep lakes and rushing rivers and shrinking inland seas. Its legendary wealth is such as to allow its princes to live in houses of solid gold and dine on sweetmeats powdered with pearls and jade. Lomas Longstrider, awestruck by its marvels, called YiTi “the land of a thousand gods and a hundred princes, ruled by one god-emperor."
providence has shut me out
my craggy tooth smile
crying despising delta mood
penchant for people food
impatient mouth might steal a bite
estuarine crocodylus porosus
jerking on human moroseness
here is where I weep
grain by grain
old inland seas brim with ricochets
fossils of love and grief
The noise woke me up. I was alone in the room. I went out to the terrace and saw the sea coming inland. It took me five seconds to reach the stairs, but the water was already there. It was not more than five seconds. On the bed, I found a note from my wife saying they were at the beach.
The hill rises up
long green grass rippling
in the wind that smells oddly
of water like this solid wave is rising
so to carry me from this place and time
to wherever beneath the broad blue sky
you might be waiting
The Gaer Rhunen or Rhûnaer is a shallow inland sea of 15,430 square miles fed by many of the rivers of the plain of Rhovanion and Rhûn.
It has an average of 10 fathoms deep with its deepest point at 46 fathoms. It has many shoals, especially along coasts in the southeastern quarter.
The average wind speed is from 6 to 8 knots, and has average waves height from 1 to 2 feet.It was large enough to experience tides (which varied about eight inches on average). The influx of several rivers created the illusion of a current which ran counter-clockwise around the Sea.
The shoals in the Gaer Rhunen were invisible to inexperienced pilots, and navigation was best left to expert guides. The waters had a faintly salty taste, and despite freezing temperatures in the winter months, the Sea was always free of ice.
Several tribes of Easterlings derived their sustenance from the Gaer Rhunen. It acted as a highway for much of the trade to the West, and it was also teeming with fish. Few Northmen or Dunedain ever viewed the Sea, but those who had dealings with the Easterlings knew of its importance to their culture.