Part of you desperately wanted to kill your uncle right now, the other part of you reminded yourself firmly that he was already very very dead. When you had told him that you were upset that the park was no longer operating, having adored going to see the dinosaurs, he had promised you that you would be able to see them again. You hadn’t thought he would be insane enough to take you to a black market auction of all things.

You knew your uncle wasn’t a good man, nor was he a particularly stable man, but he had never put you in danger before, not like this. Bringing you here had been incredibly risky, even you knew how quickly these sorts of things could turn south. He should have known better. 

Though you were anxious and uncomfortable, especially with a lot of the looks you were getting, you were very happy when the first dinosaur was brought out. You still remembered the first two times your uncle had taken you to the park when you were younger, the first time being shortly after your parents had died, leaving you to him, and the second having been a few years later as a surprise, after some kids had bullied you to tears. 

Somehow, you had a natural affinity with the creatures, drawing the babies to you with ease, and even unintentionally catching the attention of the adults and predators, worrying both your uncle and the guide that he had paid for. Fortunately, you were rather oblivious to how unnatural their behaviour was as a child, simply happily watching as they would pace as close to the barriers of their enclosures as possible, eyes unwavering from your young form.

It had been years since then, and though you were now an adult, you still felt that childish glee when you saw the magnificent creatures. That joy came quickly crashing down moments later, as you watched some of the men start zapping them to stir them up. Very quickly you realised just why these men were all so interested in them. 

Having felt sick at the thought and sight, you quickly murmured to your uncle that you were going to go and use the bathroom, gently brushing off his worries before escaping into one of the halls. When you came out, you were just in time to watch everything go to hell. 

You knew you should have been more upset as you saw your uncle lying there unmoving, but all you could feel was fear at that point. Witnessing the carnage, you had quickly fled deeper into the building, managing to swiftly get lost in the many hallways, the panicked and dying screams of the others echoing out behind you.

In a blind panic, you never thought to simply hide away in a room, and by the time you did, it was too late. Seeing the creature at the other end of the hall, you froze, only moving again when it snarled and started running at you. Crying out, you scrambled back, tripping over one of the expensive rugs on the floor. Your stomach sank with dread as you realised you wouldn’t get up in time, your arms coming up instinctively to shield your face, though you knew it would do no good.

A shaky cry of fear slipped from you as you felt and heard the creature land over you, its heated breath terrifyingly close. You waited, and waited, but nothing came. Hesitantly you lowered your arms a bit, trembling as you found the animal staring down at you, body hovering aggressively above you.

This creature was like no dinosaur you had ever seen, though it reminded you vaguely of the raptors you had seen pictures of. It seemed to be just as confused about you as you were of it, its aggression shifting to curiosity as it cocked its head, perplexed by something you weren’t quite sure of.

You couldn’t help but flinch as it lowered its head and started sniffing you, remaining completely still as it took in deep drags of your scent around your belly, neck and head. Hesitantly, you shifted your hands, trying not to flinch as it instantly went still, watching your moves warily. 

Internally you screamed at yourself, wondering what you were doing as you raised your hand. Very carefully you smoothed it over the bridge of its nose, remembering how some of the babies had liked it when you were at the park. You half expected it to bite your hand off, but much to your shock, it leaned into the touch, almost seeming to slump a bit as it did. Gaining a little more confidence, you petted it gently, a small giddy smile pulling at your lips as something that sounded distinctly like a purr, began to echo from its chest.

Breath suddenly forced out of your lungs, you grunted in surprise, eyeing the “dinosaur” now happily partially sprawled over you, pinning you to the ground with its large head and one of its long arms. You stilled for a moment, not sure what to make of this, but quickly got back to petting the beast when it let out a decidedly displeased sounding rumble.

You really wanted to kill your uncle right now.

Lophotriorchis kienerii

By Johnson Wang, CC BY-SA 4.0 

Etymology: Crest Hawk

First Described By: Sharpe, 1874

Classification: Dinosauromorpha, Dinosauriformes, Dracohors, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Eusaurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoromorpha, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Pennaraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Averaptora, Avialae, Euavialae, Avebrevicauda, Pygostaylia, Ornithothoraces, Euornithes, Ornithuromorpha, Ornithurae, Neornithes, Neognathae, Neoaves, Inopinaves, Telluraves, Afroaves, Accipitrimorphae, Accipitriformes, Accipitridae, Aquilinae

Status: Extant, Near Threatened

Time and Place: Within the last 10,000 years, in the Holocene of the Quaternary 

The Rufous-Bellied Eagle is known from Southeastern Asia, especially Indonesia, and it is also found in some parts of the Indian Subcontinent 

Physical Description: Lophotriorchis is a Bird of Prey, specifically the Rufous-Bellied Eagle or Rufous-Bellied Hawk-Eagle. These birds have the typical look of an eagle - they hare large, bulky birds, with sturdy legs and fairly short tails. They also have hooked beaks for grabbing food. The Rufous-Bellied Eagle has black feathers all over its back, and a little crest of feathers on the back of its head. They have white necks, and red feathers on their bellies. Their beaks are yellow, with a black tip. There are two different color morphs - one subspecies that looks white from below while flying, and another that looks red from below while flying. These birds are 46 to 61 centimeters in length on average - about the length of a dalmation - though they tend to be much larger in the Himalayas than in other locations.

Diet: Mainly large birds and medium-sized mammals including pheasants, junglefowl, pigeons, and squirrels 

By Johnson Wang, CC BY-SA 4.0 

Behavior: The Rufous-Bellied Eagle spends most of its time in the air, looking for sources of food - it then swoops to the ground to grab food, though it will occasionally go to the treetops for food sources. They also will sit in a perch in the trees and hunt for food on the ground that way. Still, they are almost always flying and usually seen in flight, looking for food. They are usually silent, though they do make piercing keeee calls during flight between members of a mated pair.

They’ll make nests from December through March, forming huge nests in large, mostly-bare trees. They use green leaves and sticks to line the nest. The adults take care of the young through July - there’s usually one egg in a nest, and both members of the pair take care of the young. They are extremely violent in their defending of the nest, especially against humans.

These birds do not migrate much, but they do occasionally move based on food sources. 

By Jojo Nicdao, CC BY 2.0 

Ecosystem: The Rufous-Bellied Eagle lives mainly in tropical forests at the foothills of mountains, especially moist tropical forest. They are occasionally found in secondary forest and plantations, but it is rare.

Other: The Rufous-Bellied Eagle is near threatened due to fragmentation of forest habitat leading to negative affects on their population, but they seem to be doing mostly okay.

~ By Meig Dickson

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A Timeline

1850s: Some scientists notice the connection between dinosaurs & birds and think birds might have evolved from dinosaurs, given similarity between Archaeopteryx and many dinosaurs, as well as between dinosaurs and living birds  

1960s: Deinonychus is discovered. Scientists starting to realize birds did evolve from dinosaurs; other ideas become fringe hypotheses 

1970s: More dinosaurs are discovered that point to dinosaur behavior being more like birds than reptiles 

1980s: Scientists begin using evolutionary relationships (ie, cladistics) to classify life, rather than Linnean Taxonomy (Kingdom-Phylum-Class etc.), especially for extinct creatures, because it really doesn’t apply to extinct life like, at all. Coelophysis, an early dinosaur, is speculatively depicted with feathers. Some very bird-like dinosaurs are debated on whether they are birds or dinosaurs. 

1993: Birds are straight-up called dinosaurs in the famous film “Jurassic Park,” which is one of the first pieces of media to depict dinosaurs as extremely birdlike; changes public perception of dinosaurs dramatically  

1996: Sinosauropteryx, the first feathered non-avian dinosaur, is revealed to the public. Birds determined to have evolved from dinosaurs, full stop; BANDits (birds-are-not-dinosaurs scientists) now a backwards, on-par-with creationists group. Since we classify dinosaurs based on their evolutionary relationships, we start calling birds dinosaurs, because they evolved from dinosaurs. 

1999: Sinornithosaurus, the first raptor (ie, cousin of Velociraptor) dinosaur found with feathers, is described. Many other feathered dinosaurs are described as well, from all over the group closely related to birds. The Walking With Dinosaurs landmark documentary series calls birds dinosaurs. 

2000: Microraptor, a raptor dinosaur with full wings on its arms and legs, is described 

2001: Velociraptor is given… “feathers” in Jurassic Park III. Velociraptor also portrayed as more bird-like than ever. When Dinosaurs Roamed America, another groundbreaking dinosaur documentary, shows all members of the group closely related to birds (except T. rex) with feathers, including Deinonychus, all over their bodies. Also calls birds dinosaurs. 

2002: A specimen of Psittacosaurus, a dinosaur about as far away from birds as you can get, is described with quills on its tail very similar to feathers 

2004: Dilong, a small relative of T. rex, is found with feathers and display structures like modern birds 

2007: Many feathered dinosaurs are now known from the group most closely related to birds. A specimen of Velociraptor with feather attachment sites on the arms for wing feathers is now known. Velociraptor now known to be definitely, no question, feathered 

2009: Tianyulong, another dinosaur from a group very far from birds, is found with fluffy quills covering all over its back 

2012: Feathered dinosaurs now coming out many times a year. Yutyrannus, a large and closer relative to T. rex, found with shaggy feathers all over its body 

2014: Kulindadromeus, another dinosaur from the group very far from birds, is named. It has fluffy covering like that of Sinosauropteryx all over its body, rather than quills. Feathers determined to be mostly likely ancestral to all dinosaurs and lost secondarily in larger species (especially if fluff known on closest relatives, pterosaurs, is also feathers - see below). 

2015: Zhenyuanlong, a close relative of Velociraptor the same size as Velociraptor, is found with extremely large wings. Raptor dinosaurs inferred to have large wing feathers unless anatomy indicates otherwise (such as having short wings). Jurassic World comes out, making dinosaurs less bird-like than in the original Jurassic Park - with lizard-like tails and behavior, and no feathers at all. Essentially, a huge step backwards. 

2018: Branched fluffy covering very similar to feathers described now on multiple pterosaurs, the group most closely related to dinosaurs (think Pterodactyls). Fluffy covering considered ancestral to all members of the Pterosaur-Dinosaur group, if not all animals more closely related to birds than to crocodilians. 

We have known birds are dinosaurs since before many people reading this were born - since before I was born. We have known dinosaurs had feathers since the mid-1990s. We have known Velociraptor was fluffy and had wings since the mid-2000s. This isn’t news. This isn’t up for debate. Please grow up. Thank you! 



Brachiotsaurus and Torahsaurus 

Mosesaurus and Challahsaurus 

Jewlindadromeus and Mamenschisaurus 

Halachiraptor and Rabbirhynchus 

(Brachiosaurus, Torosaurus, Mosasaurus, Allosaurus, Kulindadromeus, Mamenchisaurus, Velociraptor, Rhamphorhynchs) 



anonymous asked:

I like how there’s a dinosaur whose genus is essentially “big Paul”

I … actually didn’t see that part of the Wikipedia article on Magnapaulia and … wow.

The generic name is a combination of the Latin magnus, “large”, and the first name of Paul G. Haaga, Jr., the president of the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

Big Paul

(image by @thewoodparable)

Anyway Announcement: If you own a birb, you can’t light a candle. The candles that are birb safe are very very very rare and it’s better to be safe than sorry because their little lungs can’t handle the particles emitted! So if you have a birb and want to light Shabbat Candles, or a Hanukkiah, may I recommend instead: Electric ones

Do they fulfill the mitzvah under the strictest interpretations? No 

Do they work for more progressive Jewish movements and help you to keep your little angels safe? Yes 

Don’t shame people for using electric candles for Jewish mitzvot, especially if they have a pet that requires it 

This has been a PSA