dinosaurs in a hurry

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@jenjifr 😍 Awwww words can’t describe how happy I was when I opened your package to see two beautifully made friendship bracelets custom to me. I got a little teary eyed…I’m a big sook. I know that they are from our bartering thingy…But to me they are a token of friendship (don’t laugh at me I know i’m a dork). I just want to get all mushy to show you how much I appreciate them and the colour combination you have chose is absolutely perfect!!. They look amazing with my dinosaur outfit. I can’t wait for you to receive anime Matt!!. Hurry up Matt you’re late!😂. Also thanks @polaris1401 for making this magic happen🦄

title Shelter
summary listen here because this song makes me think of space
pairing itasaku

Ending uchisaku week with a little whimsy. Big thanks to @madasakuweek (@beyondthemoor) for organizing everything.


Dust rose in a great cloud as he yanked at the tarp. They both coughed. Deidara waved his hand in front of his face. He staggered back a big step. But Itachi, determined to press on, pulled harder at the plastic sheeting. It snagged. With a little more persuasion, it fluttered off, landing in a quiet heap in the sand.

“Holy shit, Itachi. How old is this thing?” Deidara said, still coughing. He took a step closer, squinting at the machine in the dark.

Itachi flicked on the lights in the shed. The bare bulbs flickered to life, illuminated the dusty thing. He pulled down the cloth covering his mouth and nose. It hung at his throat, a faded strip of blue fabric.

“Not sure. Our old man used to ride this around when he was my age, I think,” replied Itachi. Deidara let out a long whistle. Tapping the side of his glasses, he cycled through the settings so he could zoom in closer. He examined the rusted parts and the dirt-clogged gears.

“Heh. This thing looks like it was built when his old man was your age too,” Deidara remarked. Itachi shoved him a little before he walked past him to the workbench pushed up against the wall.

“So what’s the sudden hurry to fix up this dinosaur? You short on money or something?” Deidara probed. He sat down on an old bucket in the corner, out of the way as Itachi got to work. Itachi wrestled with the hatch on the side of the machine for a moment. But it stuck. He dealt it a sharp kick and it opened with a dull snap.

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skarchomp  asked:

Allosaurus is my favorite dinosaur, could you do a post on them?

Unlike a lot of big theropods, Allosaurus is something of a success story - at least in how it’s portrayed in media.  It rose from relative obscurity to a position of prominence as one of the super-predators of its era, while avoiding comparisons to T. rex almost entirely.  How?  Why?  Let’s find out!

Allosaurus was discovered during the “Bone Wars”, a fifteen-year period of mass fossil hunting in the late 19th century, sparked by a mutual personal rivalry between eminent American paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh.  While the details of the Bone Wars are too complex to get into right now (perhaps a separate post is in order!), suffice it to say that they led to the discovery of hundreds of new dinosaur species.  Unfortunately, Cope and Marsh were each in such a hurry to prove themselves the superior paleontologist over the other that they frequently assigned genii and species too hastily, and very few of those genii and species are actually valid today.

When Allosaurus was first discovered in 1869, it was named Antrodemus, based on half a tail vertebra.  Cope and Marsh would each discover additional Allosaurus bones over the course of the Bone Wars, and would assign each specimen to a new genus, in order to rack up more new discoveries than the other.  The genii “Allosaurus”, “Creosaurus”, “Labrosaurus”, and “Epanterias” were all established based on fairly sparse material.

It was eventually determined that all these fragmentary specimens belonged to the same species, for which the name “Antrodemus” had priority.  It was known by this name until the 1970s, when it was argued that the original specimen of Antrodemus was too fragmentary to be officially considered part of the species.  It was decided that the name given to the most completely known specimen - Allosaurus - should take priority.

Since being renamed, Allosaurus has become much more completely known, thanks to a wealth of more complete fossil finds, including an almost entirely complete subadult skeleton discovered in 1991, nicknamed “Big Al”.  Even before thorough scientific documentation, however, Allosaurus was notable as one of the first well-known American large theropods - discovered several decades before T. rex.

Allosaurus is known to have lived in Portugal, Tanzania, and the western United States, from 155 to 150 million years ago.  It was not the biggest predator of its time and place; that distinction goes to Torvosaurus, a relative of Megalosaurus.  (For real!)

Based on the relative shortness of the legs in comparison to the body size, and the flattened, hooflike toe claws, Allosaurus was slower than similar large theropods, but able to run for longer periods of time.  Juveniles were comparatively longer-legged, meaning they likely had different feeding habits in order to avoid competition with adults.

Allosaurus is known to have attacked and eaten stegosaurs, and definitely scavenged sauropods, although it likely was not able to kill them.  Based on its anatomy, it fed in a fashion similar to birds of prey, gripping prey with the feet and pulling off pieces of flesh with vertical movements of the head - a method quite different from the more crocodilian feeding habits of tyrannosaurs.

Allosaurus is also physically distinguished by the short horns over its eyes, which were positioned such that they may have acted as sun shades.

Allosaurus has proven difficult to classify.  The theropod clade “Carnosauria” - once a sort of dumping ground for any large theropod of uncertain classification - has since been narrowed down to contain only the metriacanthosaurs, the carcharodontosaurs, and… Allosaurus, which forms a subgroup of Carnosauria by itself.  It’s currently believed to be more closely related to the carcharodontosaurs, while still belonging to its own exclusive group.  No direct relatives of Allosaurus are known; all other dinosaurs thought to belong to the family Allosauria have turned out to be physiologically indistinguishable from Allosaurus.

As you can probably tell by the huge amount of words I wrote about it, I also think Allosaurus is a pretty cool dinosaur.  It’s a very unique large theropod, and we know a great deal about its life and habits.  Hopefully, we will continue to find out even more.

We Were Paleontologists

Tom was my best friend when I was a kid. We’d bonded over a deep obsession of Jurassic Park and our subsequent passion for Paleontology.

We used to spend every weekend out in the woods excavating the forest floor for dinosaur bones.

But one day our parents wouldn’t let us go. We heard the adults whisper about another body being found “after all these years”. The whispers scared us and we agreed to play in the backyard instead.

That was the day we finally hit pay dirt. After a year and a half of looking we had finally found our first section of dinosaur skeleton – and in my backyard no less! We hurried inside to tell our parents but only my father was home. He was excited and agreed to take us to the university the next afternoon to present our findings.

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Sleep, Chapter 2 (Rei/Nagisa)

Being in love is embarrassing.

As before, the only warning I’m giving you is to be careful, since this is a series of random drabbles. Reading this is like eating a box of chocolates that doesn’t come with a fancy guidebook.

(For more information on commissioning me, please see here!)

Title: Sleep, and When You Wake, I Will Still Be Here
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Pairing(s): Rei/Nagisa
Rating: G
Length: 2,059 words

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005. Exuent Left

Sometimes in life, you will meet people who will make you think something along the lines of, “This person would definitely make a good mother or father.”

Maybe it’s because of their kindness or their ability to diffuse situations quickly and fairly. Sometimes it’s because of how capable they are of handling themselves and others. Oftentimes, it’s just an aura that you feel whenever you’re with them.

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