the dracorex

Dracorex
  • Draco: Guess what?
  • Hermione: ...
  • Draco: Granger, guess what?
  • Hermione: What, Malfoy?
  • Draco, smugly: Star constellation isn't the only thing I can add to my name.
  • Hermione: what are you on about?
  • Draco, shoving a book on dinosaurs at her: DRACOREX!
  • Hermione: ... great, another thing to make your ego inflate and combust

Demiboy Dracorex is partially (but not wholly) male.  This pachycephalosaur knows that their identification as demiboy is not based on their interests or personality traits, but instead stems from their desire to more accurately describe their internal sense of gender, and the personal way they feel about their body.  If you feel as though the word “male” only partially describes your body and your experience with your gender, you deserve a different term of identification - not for attention or special treatment - but to more adequately and comfortably explain who you really are. 

With a name that loosely translates to “dragon king of Hogwarts,” Dracorex hogwartsia is the first flat-headed pachycephalosaur to be found in North America - and the only dinosaur to be named in tribute to Harry Potter.  

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Dinosaur and their scaled silhouettes! :D 

In size order:

Mamenchisaurus, Olorotitan, Spinophorosaurus, Charonosaurus, Amargasaurus, Nigersaurus, Ouranosaurus, Miragaia, Diabloceratops, Kosmoceratops, Scelidosaurus, Massospondylus, Crichtonsaurus, Dracorex, Psittacosaurus, Leaellynasaura and Heterodontosaurus. 

More drawings here: https://instagram.com/franxurio/

NEW SPECIES

BIRDOEX

Birdoex is a medium-sized, subtropical/tropical Regional variation of the Dracorex. They are covered in colourful feathers,  have extremely powerful legs with large feet, and a hard, sharp beak. A member of a new aged tropical Dracorex Birdoex are easily one of the most recognizable of all dracorex due to its somewhat normal appearance. These Bird Wyverns have lightweight frames, hollow bones, and typically have large beaks. They lack the Common Skull Cap which is abundant in many “old” Species of Dracorex. They are very fast on ground, and competent fliers in the air and  are capable of flight, which is a major advantage when fleeing from large terrestrial predators. However, they aren’t as adept in the air when compared to other wyverns. Due to this they spend more time on land.  Despite its feathered appearance, Birdoex flies using bat-like, membrane wings, leaving its feather arrangements strictly for display purposes or extra warmth when rearing hatchlings

Birdoex, are omnivorous scavengers, content to feed on the remains of carcasses with their specialized hooked beaks tearing off pieces of flesh small enough to swallow whole. When carrion isn’t available these Wyverns feed on insects, small animals, Herbs fruit grasses. It has a strong beak but lacks fangs or even molars for grinding its food, thus, it has to swallow pebbles or smooth soil into its stomach to help it crush and break down its food.

The Birdoex’s feet have only 3 frontal digits on each foot. It may also have a back digit, but its stubby appearance makes it looks more like a heel. Its feet are also partially webbed due to this creature undoubting love to swim A somewhat temperamental, skittish, and inquisitive wyvern. Birdoex have a tendency to want to appear bigger than they really are by spreading their wings, flaring out their crest, and shrieking out a loud squawking roar while stomping their feet. These “new aged” bird wyverns hope that this show of bravado will discourage predators but if it fails  Many Birdoex will immediately flee the area. Though some individuals are more powerful than they appear as they age and wont hesitate to fight back.

The most distinctive feature of Birdoex is crest atop its head, which didn’t run front-to-back (as on Dilophosaurus and other crested dinosaurs) but side-to-side, like a 1950’s pompadour. That’s why this dinosaur is affectionately known as “Elvisaurex,” after singer Elvis Presley. (as with the human Elvis,  the crest is a sexually selected characteristic meant to attract the female of the species.) The Crest of which is movable is presented in both sex’s, But is more predominate in Males, Whos crest is larger with more pronounced crest Spines and markings.  It can be raised and dropped, when the wyverns lands from flying or when it is aroused frightened curious or trying to look threating.

Once bonded, a male and female  tend to live their entire lives as a monogamous couple. During the mating season the pair call to each other at night, and meet in a  nesting burrow every three days. These relationships may last for many years, until one or the two die, in that case the surviving partner has the option to take a new mate (but by that time they may be to old and unable to breed) Or go the rest of their life mate less.  

The normal incubation period is  around 63–92 days. Hatching itself may take as long as two or three days to complete, as the shell of the egg is surprisingly thick for its size (roughly a bit bigger then a tennis ball). Bi-parental care is the most common form of parenting in Birdoex. A mating pair equally contributes to feeding and guarding the offspring and the hatchling benefits greatly from the mutual care of both parents. In bi-parental care, the male provides food and the female is a caretaker. Both ensure the survival of the offspring. The female (but mainly the male) may care for the young by covering them to keep them warm, shielding them from the sun or from rain and guarding them from predation. Newly hatched chicks are completely antiracial, covered with only a thin layer of down and entirely dependent on their parents for food and warmth. If the chick hatches while its mother is out foraging, the father may feed it a curd-like substance composed of 59% protein and 28% lipid, which is produced by a gland in his oesophagus. This ability to produce “milk” in birds is only found in pigeons, flamingos and male Emperor penguins. The young chick is brooded in what is called the guard phase, spending much  time carefully cared for by both parents

Dakotaraptor steini

Source: Me! I drew it! Yay! I don’t usually draw things! 

Name: Dakotaraptor steini

Name Meaning: Dakota Thief

First Described: 2015 

Described By: DePalma et al. 

ClassificationDinosauria, Saurischia, Eusaurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Pennaraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauroidea, Dromaeosauridae, Eudromaeosauria

Dakotaraptor is a new dromaeosaurid from Hell Creek that has been in the rumor mill a long time.  It’s a very large dromaeosaurid, from Hell Creek - we don’t have many of those, only Utahraptor, Achillobator, and Austroraptor in addition to Dakotaraptor - with quill knobs on its arms. As we all know from Velociraptor, this is direct evidence of heavily used pennaceous feathers, making the phylogenetic certainty of these complex integumentary structures on dromaeosaurs of all sizes even stronger. In short, it is now especially inexcusable that the raptors in Jurassic World don’t have feathers. Come on, guys. Stop the madness. Also, that one tumblr user who insists that Utahraptor didn’t have feathers is… somehow even more wrong now. He was already 100% wrong before. We live in a glorious, wondrous, amazing world. 

Source: @ewilloughby (Emily Willoughby; directly from the paper. What a gorgeous reconstruction!) 

Dakotaraptor itself is known from arm and leg bones, as well as some tail vertebrae, and teeth. Based on these remains, its size was estimated to be between 5 and 5.5 meters long, meaning only Utahraptor actually exceeded Dakotaraptor in size. This is impressive, but what is even more startling is the size of it’s characteristic sickle claw: it appeared to have been about 16 cm long, and 24 cm along the dorsal curve. It is proportionally larger than the claw of Deinonychus; it is about 29% of the length of the femur, whereas Deinonychus’ is about 23%. It is similar to that of Utahraptor, but more robust. The quill knobs on the arm are completely, without a doubt, quill knobs, similar to those found on Velociraptor, Archeopteryx, and Microraptor, and were points where the secondary remiges (so the VERY LONG very complex pennaceous feathers) could attach. Not all birds even have quill knobs; they are indicative of heavy use of the feathers themselves and Dakotaraptor probably had about 15 of them (Velociraptor had 14, Archaeopteryx 12, and Microraptor 18). 

Source: RJ Palmer, of @saurian-game fame 

When analyzed for cladistic relationships, it was found to be a sister taxa (meaning, really closely related) of Dromaeosaurus. However, there are some problems with this. First off, they don’t actually include Acheroraptor in their analysis, which leaves me with some questions. First off, how do we not know that Acheroraptor isn’t a juvenile Dakotaraptor? Acheroraptor is only known from skull bones, but Dakotaraptorisn’t known from any. I do not know if you can definitevly say they’re different genera at this time, especially since the only dromaeosaurid teeth found in Hell Creek so far have belonged to one genus - Acheroraptor. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt for now, but I really demand some new analyses. After all, the authors of this paper are… the people who are still insisting that Nanotyrannus is separate from Tyrannosaurus rex. And look, I made an ADAD entry on Nanotyrannus, but solely for completion purposes, and I really do not think its a separate genus, but rather an ontogenic state of Tyrannosaurus. The authors are fans of over-splitting, and I’m really looking forward to other people’s analyses and statements about whether or not Dakotaraptor and Acheroraptor are the same thing (and, thus, Acheroraptor would take priority). 

Source: @ryuukibart

Dakotaraptor was most similar in proportion to smaller, more agile dromaeosaurids, such as Deinonychus and Dromaeosaurus, rather than other big raptors like Utahraptor and Achillobator. The size of its “raptor claw” indicates heavy use, even more so than normal in dromaeosaurs. It was found in the Upper Hell Creek Formation, very close to the Cretaceous-Palogene Boundary, making it one of the youngest known dromaeosaurs, living in the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous, about 66 million years ago. It is known from a few specimens, including a “gracile morphotype” which is… interesting… given the taxonomic confusion regarding this animal… they say that its sexual dimorphism but I’m concerned on multiple levels. There’s a lot of iffy taxonomic stuff going on in this paper that has me cringing. And the bulk of its basis for new-genus-ness is its size. I am… Sigh. At least we know it was huge and we know it had feathers. 

Source: @spinosaurus-the-fisher! He made two versions. I refused to pick one. We all get two. 

It lived in one of the most famous prehistoric ecosystems, alongside such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Alamosaurus, Torosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Ornithomimosaurus, Troodon, Edmontonia, Dracorex, Sphaerotholus, Stygimoloch, Leptoceratops, Tatankaceratops, Struthiomimus, Anzu, Acheroraptor, Avisaurus, Cimolopteryx, Brodavis, and Potamornis. This was a forested environment, in a warm and humid subtropical climate, alongside the Western Interior Seaway. It probably competed with juvenile Tyrannosaurus for food given their similar sizes. It had very long forelimbs with robust bone structure that could have been used to protect eggs when brooding, or even the famous hypothesized attack method of dromaeosaurs with flapping of wings to help with holding onto prey. Also, they could have been used for mating display, territorial behavior, and shielding the young. 

Source: @spookydunsparce!

Dakotaraptor and Utahraptor, though similar in size, had different anatomies and thus probably filled different ecological niches and evolved their large sizes for different reasons (though, of course, new material from Utahraptor [the so-called “Utahraptor Block” has yet to be described). It seems that Utahraptor was not very good at pursuit capabilities - meaning, not very fast. Dakotaraptor, on the other hand, had proportions similar to smaller dromaeosaurs, and probably would have been at least a little bit faster and able to pursue animals for food. It was a medium sized predator, in addition, allowing it to feed on food not really pursued by either the large predators of Hell Creek or the small. More research definitely needs to be done on this dinosaur, and I really want that classification issue to be resolved, and for people to look at it who aren’t proponents of Nanotyrannus, but, for now, it’s still truly wonderful to have evidence of substantial feathers on large dromaeosaurs. 

Source: @mei-longart!

Source for text: 

DePalma, R. A.,D. A. Burnham, L. D. Martin, P. L. Larson, R. T. Bakker. 2015. The first giant raptor (Theropoda: Dromaosauridae) from the Hell Creek Formation. University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions 14: 1-16. 

Today’s shout out goes to the Saurian Developer Xane, at https://twitter.com/XaneFeather (tumbler @featheryraptor, though he doesn’t use it). Thank you for telling me about this wonderful discovery, Xane!

More Stygimoloch Fails

I’m that guy who keeps pestering you about Stygimoloch and Dracorex, and I have two Stygimoloch fails to share.

There’s a Stygimoloch from Warpath Jurassic Park that’s BIGGER than Pachycephalosaurus. To make this even worse, they actually mention the “Stygimoloch is just a Juvenile Pachycephalosaurus” Theory.

The other one is from Dinosaur Hunting. This one looks better anatomically, but it’s shown with weird spikes on it’s whole body, and it’s shown to be arboreal! 

You’re not pestering me at all! And you should totally submit those, I’d love to see them.

@ferocitus @reconnedkyu

OH god this was a nightmare He couldn’t watch the only friend(s) he ever had be full Of so much guilt and misery due to some stupid stunt he pulled it wasn’t fair, he had to come clean he wouldn’t  be able to live with himself if he left the closest thing to a brother he had to take the blame.

“Kyu you cueball, I had the earrings…..I….I…I buried them so i wouldn’t Loose em after i took them from you… I figured it would be safe to play with them, but I guess I went a little overboard…I gave them to gohan hoping he would be able to fix them….they weren’t scuffed up too bad they just need to be cleaned that’s all, you barely notice the teeth marks”

He curled up into a trembling ball in the corner, despite the stiff upper lip, waiting…watching…frightened to see what kyu would do.

anonymous asked:

Lady helix, I'd really like for you to talk to me about rampardos

Well, Rampardos and it’s pre-evolution Cranidos, are based on Pachycephalosaurid (Pachy = thick, cephalo = headed, = saurid = lizard) dinosaurs. These are of course the famous headbutting dinosaurs, but how well does the design and behaviour of these Pokémon match up to what we know about these dinosaurs?

First of all, lets talk about Pachycephalosaurs. This is a clade (taxonomic group) within the Ornithischian dinosaurs, which is one of the two major dinosaur groups, containing other well known clades including the Ceratopsians (e.g. Triceratops - and Bastiodon), the armoured dinosaurs, or Thyreophora (e.g. Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus) and the Ornithopods (e.g. Iguanodon and the Duck billed dinosaurs). Long necked dinosaurs (Sauropods) and the bipedal carnivores that would give rise to T.rex, velociraptors, and of course, birds, are placed in the other major dinosaur group, the Saurischians, but that is a story for another time. 

Back to Pachycephalosaurs. They include about 16 fossil species, and are united by a distinctively thick skull roof, often surrounded by bony spikes. In some species, in particular, the most famous species Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis, the skull roof is domed and inches thick, and it is this characteristic skull and species that the skull fossil and thus our Pokémon in question are based upon. 

Pachycephalosaurs were relatively late on the Dinosaur scene, arising between 90 million years and 65 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous, with P. wyomingensis being one of the very last dinosaur species before the KT mass extinction, living between 70mya and 65mya ago. This is the first discrepancy with the description of our Poké Pals, as  many of Cranidos’ pokedex entries state that it lived 100 million years ago, placing it towards the early end of the Cretaceous. 

Now, both Cranidos and Rampardos are described as The Head Butt Pokemon, and indeed many of their pokedex entries describe head butting behaviour, either at obstacles, for hunting prey (even though pachycephalosaurs, as well as most Ornithischians were herbivores, so this is discrepancy #2), and of course, for head on collisions with each other, a nod to what P. wyomingensis is best known for, or at least what we thought we knew about them.

First of all, it may be that not all P. wyomingensis had domed skulls. Flatter headed Pachycephalosaur species, such as Dracorex hogwartsia (which is the coolest fucking name, it literally means dragon king of hogwarts, and the palaeontologist who discovered it says he visualised it as “a slightly less pyromaniac Hungarian Horntail”) have now been proposed to be juvenile and female P. wyomingensis, with the domed skull only developing in adult males, a sexual dimorphism, just as antlers would develop in male deer, to be used in intra-specific competition, i.e. male/male combat for females later in life as we see in many modern animals, such as deer. 

If this is true, then this could be discrepancy #3, as Cranidos and Female Rampardos shouldn’t have domed heads (though to be fair, DP was released in 2006, and this theory was proposed first in 2009) 

We do think that the domed skull was used for combat. The bone type is a special kind of bone, called fibromellar, which contain cells that specialise in wound healing and new bone deposition. Furthermore many skulls have been found with not only lesions, but evidence of healed osteomyelitis, a type of bone infection that results from trauma. The presence similar injuries in many specimens that in most cases heal is a pattern found in modern species that undertake such combat. 

However, could these guys have fought via head-on collisions, a behaviour most commonly shown in popular media, including our Pokédex entries? Unlike modern animals who fight in this way, such as mountain goats and musk oxen, domes are not the best structures for hitting against each other, as the rounded surface means a reduced surface area for hitting, and any impact would be deflected and glanced off the other dome. We also know that the structure of the neck vertebrae mean that these dinosaurs would have held their necks in an S or U shaped curve. Goats and musk oxen can lock their head, neck and body in a horizontally straight position in order to transmit stress to the head, concentrating the power of the blow to this point and avoiding neck injury etc., however no known dinosaur, including any Pachycephalosaur could straighten their neck in this manner. Furthermore it is argued that the skull still would not be thick enough to protect from head on impact with another skull. Thus, discrepancy number #4, head on collisions, plus ramming through objects such as trees and buildings as described in the Cranidos and Rampardos pokédex entries would have been unlikely. 

It is now thought that they may have used side on, flank butting swinging and ramming their spiked heads into the side of their competitor (supported by the relatively wide and sturdy build of the body which would have helped protect internal organs from such blows). 

A dex entry for Cranidos mentions that it uses it’s head to fight against Aerodactyl, and indeed it is suggested that Pachycephalosaurs would have used their spiked and thickened heads to defend against predators too, as well as male/male competition, as would many modern herbivores with such weaponry, such as horns. Also, many of the dex entries for Rampardos mention a small brain, and indeed, Pachycephalosaurs, along with many other Ornithischians would have had relatively tiny brains. 

TO SUM UP: 

Cranidos and Rampardos are described as Pokémon who lived 100 million years ago, and used rock hard domed skulls for head on collisions with others of their species, for ploughing through obstacles such as trees, for defending from predators, and for hunting prey. 

In reality, the dinosaur they are based on, Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis, lived between 70 million and 65 million years ago, is unlikely to have been able to sustain head on head butts (with other P. wyomingensis, and as an extension, large objects such as trees) but would still have used their heads as weapons for fighting each other and predators, and they were herbivorous. Furthermore, we think only adult males would have had domed heads. Like Rampardos however, they did have tiny brains. 

Idea

Petition to start a group called “Party Poopers Club” that’s basically people who remind others that Science is a Thing and that you have to actually support your ideas with facts 

Potential Slogans: 
“I ruined so many people’s days” 
“If the truth always ruins your fun, consider that you might just be a really boring person” 
“Accept Reality, it’s hella cool”
“I feel delight by means of the truth” 

Various things that means you are a member of the society: 
- Reminding people that Pluto isn’t a planet 
- Explaining that Human-Caused Climate Change is a thing and it’s bad 
- Yelling that birds are dinosaurs, and dinosaurs have feathers, and Jurassic World is Bad Science 
- Describing in great detail about how GMO’s aren’t actually terrible for your body 
- Screaming about how vaccines do not cause autism 
- Explaining how evolution actually works and yes, we are all evolving 
- Talking about how animals aren’t like people and shouldn’t be anthropomorphized 
- Reminding people that prehistoric animals behaved like animals and were not monsters 
- Explaining how Nanotyrannus, Dracorex, and Stygimoloch aren’t actual things 
- Screaming about how focusing conservation efforts on “cute” organisms completely misses the point 
- Shouting about how gender is a societal construct, not connected to biological sex, which is a scientific model, and that both are not limited to just two options 
- Reminding people that neuroatypical conditions such as OCD and personality disorders are real conditions and that you don’t feel “sooooo schizo” because that’s not how it works 
- Explaining that there is no scientific basis for the idea that any “race” is superior over any other
- Screaming about how accurate representations of prehistoric creatures is really freaking important 
- Shouting that in general it’s better to have data to back up your ideas than just random anecdotes and that pseudoscience is bad

Feel free to add your own causes/facts that mean you are a member of this society. 

Other potential members of the Party Poopers Club include: 

- @palaeofail / @palaeofail-explained
- @why-animals-do-the-thing
- @biologizeable
- @aurusallos
- @bruh-i-nevre-seen-a-cooler-dino
- @fezraptor
- @albertonykus
- @synapsid-taxonomy

Potential Seals/Symbols of this Society: 

Pluto, Smiling like the little shit that it is 
A scientist holding up data/graphs/a paper 
Feathered, accurate Velociraptors 
Earth, on Fire 

Anyways reblog if you’re a proud member of the Party Poopers Club. 

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Marching Dinosaurs - Animated Size Comparison

  1. Shuvuuia
  2. Sinosauropteryx
  3. Compsognathus
  4. Microraptor
  5. Caudipteryx
  6. Microceratus
  7. Hypsilophodon
  8. Ornitholestes
  9. Masiakasaurus
  10. Psittacosaurus
  11. Velociraptor
  12. Laeallynasaura
  13. Stegoceras
  14. Troodon
  15. Oviraptor
  16. Protoceratops
  17. Dromaeosaurus
  18. Stygimoloch
  19. Coelophysis
  20. Dracorex
  21. Dryosaurus
  22. Deinonychus
  23. Scelidosaurus
  24. Herrerasaurus
  25. Ornithomimus
  26. Kentrosaurus
  27. Gigantspinosaurus
  28. Pachycephalosaurus
  29. Dilophosaurus
  30. Gastonia
  31. Concavenator
  32. Utahraptor
  33. Euoplocephalus
  34. Sauropelta
  35. Miragaia
  36. Chasmosaurus
  37. Magyarosaurus
  38. Einiosaurus
  39. Camptosaurus
  40. Diabloceratops
  41. Styracosaurus
  42. Cryolophosaurus
  43. Tuojiangosaurus
  44. Ceratosaurus
  45. Edmontonia
  46. Plateosaurus
  47. Ankylosaurus
  48. Baryonyx
  49. Wuerhosaurus
  50. Gallimimus
  51. Neovenator
  52. Pachyrhinosaurus
  53. Carnotaurus
  54. Ichthyovenator
  55. Maiasaura
  56. Iguanodon
  57. Dacentrurus
  58. Gigantoraptor
  59. Gorgosaurus
  60. Melanorosaurus
  61. Majungasaurus
  62. Ouranosaurus
  63. Stegosaurus
  64. Olorotitan
  65. Triceratops
  66. Deinocheirus
  67. Corythosaurus
  68. Amargasaurus
  69. Allosaurus
  70. Parasaurolophus
  71. Therizinosaurus
  72. Albertosaurus
  73. Suchomimus
  74. Edmontosaurus
  75. Saurophaganax
  76. Acrocanthosaurus
  77. Lambeosaurus
  78. Tyrannosaurus
  79. Carcharodontosaurus
  80. Giganotosaurus
  81. Shantungosaurus
  82. Spinosaurus
  83. Cetiosaurus
  84. Diplodocus
  85. Camarasaurus
  86. Apatosaurus
  87. Giraffatitan
  88. Alamosaurus
  89. Dreadnoughtus
  90. Brachiosaurus
  91. Sauroposeidon
  92. Mamenchisaurus
  93. Puertasaurus
  94. Argentinosaurus

Corruption by Kevin McLeoud


Feathers could definitely use some puffing up and work, but overall it’s entertaining and informative

Stygimoloch/Dracorex ?

What’s your opinion on the Stygimoloch/Dracorex theory? I personally don’t like it very much. There’s just something wrong with…but what do i know?

I’d say that given current fossil evidence and studies on plastic bone texture, it’s very likely that “Dracorex” and “Stygimoloch” are young Pachycephalosaurus.

aysexycosplay  asked:

If the Chocobro's, Ardyn, Nyx, abd Cor were dinosaurs what species would they be? (This is weird, I know)

I wasn’t really sure buuuut here ya go!


Ardyn:
Velociraptor

Gladio:
Triceratops
 
Prompto:
Ankylosaurus

Ignis:
Wooly Mammoth
 
Nyx:
Stegosaurus

Cor:
Tyrannosaurus Rex

Noctis:
Dracorex

How to Get your Dragon High

its 420 you knew this was happening

Almost everyone loves drugs. Whether it’s a cigarette break after a high-powered business meeting, a cold beer after a hot day on the job or a half-ounce of heroin injected directly into the scrotum to ease the stress of writing Internet comedy, people love their intoxicants. But that’s not a human invention. Experts have found that animals also seek out a quick chemical high from plants, bugs and, well, wherever they can find it. and Dracorex are No expectation, Here are someways to get dracorex High

Narcotic lichen:
In the vast wilderness of the Canadian Rockies lives a unique species of yellow-green lichen that will fuck you right up. The lichen are extremely rare (it can take decades for them to grow over a single rock) and only grow in very inhospitable regions of the Rockies. Despite the fact that it is dangerous to get at and contains no nutritional value, these sadists will risk life and limb to get some. Once they reach the lichen, they will rub their teeth down to the gum line to scrape off every last bit of it. Experts describe the disturbing scene as,

“… like the earth itself was a dealer, forcing the dragon to suck its dick for the next hit.”

Luckily for the lichen, Narcotic lichen is rare and only grows in some desolate parts of the Rockies. Barring the creation of some sort of dragon-based drug cartel, addiction rates should remain low.

Banisteriopsis caapi:
A root found in the jungles of South America, It is  used to prepare ayahuasca, a decoction with a long history of entheogenic uses as a medicine and “plant teacher” among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest. It contains harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are both beta-carboline harmala alkaloids and MAOIs. The name ayahuasca means “vine of the soul” in Quechuan, and the shamans of the indigenous western Amazonian tribes use the plant in religious and healing ceremonies. In addition to its hypnotic effect, caapi is used for its healing properties as a purgative, effectively cleansing the body of parasites and helping the digestive tract.

but enough about that lets talking about tripping balls

Caapi root contains a variety of powerful MAOIs (chemicals like you find in antidepressants), which heightens the animal’s senses as well as causing them to trip balls.
And while Dracorex in the western states very rarely come into contact with this planet due to its legalty issues (caapi is not specifically regulated In the United States, Canada, harmala is listed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as a schedule III substance. The vine and the ayahuasca brew are legal ambiguities) Dracorex who live in countries such as South American will actively seek out these plants and  gnaw on them until they start to hallucinate.

Amanita muscaria mushrooms:

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

and while the dracorex’s method of getting high off of them isn’t that pleasant the high they get over steps the grossness of it

Normally The body does not actually metabolize psychedelic mushrooms, so most of the psychoactive compounds get washed out with the user’s pee. If you collect that urine and drink it (like many native tribes in Alaska have done for many many years), you will trip almost as hard as if you’d eaten the mushrooms yourself.  Like most wild herbivores, reindeer, who are the most common eaters of these mushrooms  have a very firm constitution that allows them to eat all manner of nasty plants and fungi without getting sick. Many strains of hallucinogenic mushrooms are toxic to human beings, but not toxic to reindeer. Native shamans noticed this when they observed the deer seeking out poisonous mushrooms, eating them and then capering about like characters in a Disney cartoon.

Dracorex, as well as human had learn that this method of piss drinking was welcomed for the high and thus a strange mutual relationship formed

THE CIRCLE OF PISS:
1. Reindeer eat mushrooms and pee.

2. Humans collect the pee and get high.

3. Humans pee, The Dracorex Drink the pee and get high

4. the Dracorex pee and then  reindeer drink their own people-dragon-filtered-urine to get high again.

4. The reindeer pee, and the circle begins anew.

Sadly, the glorious human/reindeer/dracorex urine exchange is less common today than it once was. Experts speculate this may be due to the decline in mystical shamans and the invention of drugs that can get you high without forcing you to drink reindeer piss. But while humans Themselves dont use this method, the loving mutual relationship between Dracorex and their natural Prey contiues

(worldbuilding incoming)

Dragontail:
no…no not that cute little kiddy show, though watching that at the age we are now might as well be a drug trip in itsself

Dragontail or drong yoweth, by the local dracorex is a sturdy stemmed green to gray-green flowering plant, that grows white/black (depending on the season) tubular flowers
that reaches heights from 3 to 10 feet. The flowers which are oblong-ovoid, ellipsoid, ovoid, or obvoid in shapes can be slightly ribbed, smooth or warty and can turn into a yellow, bubbly substance when boiled, that seems to have a similar effect on dragons as alcohol has on humans; however depending on the size of the dragon can either get them high, or put them to sleep.  

Consuming much of the plant is followed by drooling, sleepiness, anxiety (moderate to severe), leaping about and yowling. The main response period after exposure takes  generally between five and fifteen minutes depending on the size of the dragon to kick in, and can last anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on exposure.

As well as the Plant and flower, The seeds of Dragontail have long since been known as hallucinogenic substances and is the only part of the planet not toxic to humans.  


Dragontail is mainly a swampland plant, So the methods of getting high mainly change depending on where its been found, Generally the effects come from simply chewing the flowers,but there are more ways in which they can be a narcotic. The seeds of dragontail are actually contained within pods with thick coatings. There are about five seeds to each pod. Pods from this plant usually require a lot of work to get into them, but once you have opened them, you can chew the seeds found inside. Many dracorex, will take the seeds soaked in water for extended periods of time, crush/chew them  into a paste and eat the paste, which give a more dramatic high

@krazyokami asked me if dracorex could get high so here’s your answer enjoooyyyy)

(Request) INTJ/ENTP/ENFP/INFP Tale

ENTP: Okay, I have a brilliant plan. ENFP, INFP, back me up on this, okay?

ENFP: Okay! I support you, ENTP, don’t worry!

INFP: *looks up from notebook* Wait, what are we doing?

ENFP: ENTP has a brilliant plan and they want us to back them up!

ENTP: I am grateful for your enthusiasm, ENFP. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to present this broken vase that fell victim to my excitement at successfully building a time machine.

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