Why do so many resources say that mammals are the dominate animals? Is there anyway bird superiority more prominent ?
This phrase is fairly difficult to define because, realistically, the dominant phylum is, and has been basically forever, the arthropods. With estimates of 1 to 10 million species and population numbers that are just staggering to think about, quantitatively they are the winners by several thousand landslides made up of primarily beetles.
But I digress. When we say the Cenozoic is the “Age of Mammals” or the Devonian is the “Age of Fishes”, it’s used more in terms of which clades exploded after the previous mass extinction (or, in earlier periods, diversified with massive geologic or climatic shifts) and took over a majority of the available ecological niches during that era/period/etc.
For example, after the Late Permian decided it preferred the Earth empty and told everyone to get rekt, the way was paved for the ancestors of dinosaurs to diversify and take over - hence the Mesozoic being known as the “Age of the Reptiles”. The same thing then happened with the K-Pg extinction event (with the exception being that the Cretaceous was generally less dramatic about the whole affair), opening up those niches for the mammals to expand into and diversify through the Cenozoic.
To go off track for a hot second, it’s a very interesting cycle of extinction-diversification that happens repeatedly. The species that are most susceptible to extinction are those that are too specialized to adapt to change (looking directly at you,
Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Conversely, those that are most able to survive and then take advantage of a sudden availability of niches following an extinction event are those that are generalists (in terms of range, habitat, feeding, and the like). Various populations of these generalists will then adapt into new species as they diverge from other populations in different niches, which eventually leads to each having a very specialized lifestyle as they evolve to further take advantage of the niche. This then puts them firmly in the category of “too specialized to adapt to change” and they are now susceptible to the next major shift. SUPER COOL, RIGHT???
Anyway, to get back on track, claiming any one class/phylum/order/species (Anthropocene, anyone?) of species is “dominant” during a period of geologic time is reductive, biased, and does paleontology as a whole a disservice. There are so many interesting clades that are left out when people assume the whole world at the time was populated by one small set of species (where are my extinct Ordovician hexacorallian fans at, amirite). We could just as easily call the Mesozoic the Age of Ammonites, or the Age of Conifers, and be just as accurate.
When the ever-loving fuck did we start calling trolls “antis”…?
Back in my day - yeah I already gave up on not sounding old - we called them what they were. Trolls.
People who live to spite and provoke others. People who spread unnecessary hatred on stuff they could very easily just avoid but instead they seek it out and have to loudly proclaim that they hate it and that you are inherently wrong and awful for liking it.
Then the internet started calling them haters and with a careless “Haters gonna hate”, the troll were shrugged off and ignored.
I liked the term haters. It was quite fitting.
So when exactly did we move on to antis…? Not to mention, it is a horribly misleading term, I think.
I am against a lot of stuff to. Anti, then. But unless it’s brought up in conversation and a discussion of it arises, I keep my dislike where it belongs. In my mind. Because really what good does it do you EXACTLY to pulicly hate on something that someone else likes? Does it make you feel better about yourself and the things you do like…? Do you not have enough of an own fulfilled life so you need to go to people who like something and explain to them why they shouldn’t?
And I just feel like the term “anti” is so… polite and mild. Why? Have we now reached the level of political correctness that we have to use nice terms with the people throwing anything but nice terms around when talking about things we enjoy…?
That just seems inherently wrong to me. Can we go back to trolls? Or at the very least haters?
man it's so good to see another genderqueer person that's got tig ol bitties. i feel so ambivalent toward my rack, like, all the time, so idk, seeing one of my favorite Queer Internet Dads looking like me makes me feel... a little less alone!
This is the coolest, nicest response I’ve ever gotten to showing too much cleavage on the internet. Bless you.
Honestly, I’m tired of cropping all of my selfies above the chest and/or only posting pictures of myself in a binder and T-shirt because I don’t want to deal with everyone’s reaction to my tits, whether sexual or invalidating in nature. (Your reaction to my tits was rad and chill; don’t worry.)
I’m just wicked over it, you know? Because people who want to hurt my feelings or make me feel uncomfortable are going to go out of their way to do it because they’re cruel and gross, and nothing I can do will change that. If I take off my makeup, it’s my boobs. If I bind my chest, it’s my hips and ass. If I wear baggy pants, it’s, fuck, I dunno, my abuela’s zodiac sign or something. If I do everything “right” in terms of what’s conventionally considered androgynous, then it’s STILL, “Are you SURE you’re not just a boy/butch lesbian/literally anything but nonbinary?” and it’s STILL, “You’d be way more fuckable if ___________.”
So, I mean, I might as well just be a being of pure titty with no weakness and not let internet dumbfucks take away my rare good self-esteem days with their boners and opinions on gender.
She couldn’t wait to get home and just take a shower, maybe
to stay naked with all the blinds down on her windows.
“God, won’t this summer end already?!” She sighed, wiping
away her sweat with the back of her hand before taking the shopping bags from
her car. But as she headed for the front doors, all her plans were ruined by
the man sitting on the stairs, protecting his face with a big hood.
“Junhong?” She whispered, not sure if she was right.
“I didn’t want to bother you, but before I knew it, I found
myself in front of your door,” he jumped on his feet and looked at her with an
apologetic smile on his lips. There was something in his eyes, something that
made her think he was troubled and sad, tired with all the bullshit she too saw
on the internet.
The point is, I forgive him for laughing at my face. Why?
Because (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻! UM, I mean (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
heheh heh yeeeeah
So..ummm..how about having some
☆☆☆Daily Dose of Internet War☆☆☆
-no one can convince me that internet war doesn’t spark them feels-
Bang bang, he shot me down. Bang bang, I hit the ground.
And then he lucifered all over me like
he don’t give a fuck.
Ahem, in conclusion:
No but seriously
Lee Taemin is a DANGERous man. And he’s not just any man, he’s TaeMAN, who drives me TaeMAD, cause he’s TaeRAD, even though sometimes he makes me TaeSAD, which makes him TaeBAD, someone stop me before I go TaeCrayCray. Too late.
Look, if. If you can’t put your face on your anger. You really aren’t worth my time. Or anybody else’s time. Just. Go outside. Read a book. Listen to a song. Something. Other than send mean messages on the internet. We’re all too tired for this. Come on.
I respect veganism as a lifestyle and a moral choice.
I respect it deeply and I support it in my sister when she comes to visit. I make sure there are an array of choices and she doesn’t feel like the vegan outcast who has salad or has to bring her own food.
I do this because I understand what it feels like to be the ‘food outcast’ and to have to bring your own food everywhere – because I have celiac disease, and I’m extremely sensitive. Sensitive to the point where I was affected by the gluten they use to turn stevia into powder. Really. It took us a week to figure it out, and I got really, really sick.
I just wish that the people who are so militantly vegan would recognize that veganism does not physically work for some people. I’ve been through this; I consulted with a dietician and I asked about the possibility of going vegetarian or vegan. With all of the issues at play (and no, I’m not going to lay them out in this post, because they’re not anyone’s fucking business but mine), I was advised that it would be really, really harmful for me to do so.
Now, I minimize my animal product consumption as an ethical and economic choice, not just from a cruelty perspective but from the perspective of someone who realizes that eating plant matter is better for the planet than eating animal matter, for the most part.
I really just wish that the fact that there are not only chronic illness but also class issues at play in veganism was the forefront of the movement, and that cruelty to humans in the name of avoiding cruelty to other animals wasn’t acceptable.
This is sort of a meandering thoughtful thing, and I don’t really want to argue about it. Just – think – sometimes – that maybe you don’t really know what people are facing.
Really, if people want veganism to be a more reasonable choice for more human beings in the US, the first thing we need to do is to get everyone to a living wage where veganism is reasonably affordable in money, time and spoons, is accessible without a well-stocked kitchen, etc. So why isn’t food accessibility the first thing I see, instead of lectures?
I dunno. I think I’m too tired of people yelling at other people on the internet today.