That's what is perplexing..It worked for me on post #96?
In my teens, one of our working dogs who laboured under the name of Dickens would bounce on the spot if he found a snake in the paddocks. The feed at the time would've been knee high, so Dickens was clearing three feet or so, on the spot.It worked for me on post #96? Seems many of our furry friends characteristic's haven't changed from my read on it.
So... the link was inadvertently truncated... Fair enough..!
Clever dog - he was using the whipcrack effect to kill the snake. Where did he learn that from?In my teens, one of our working dogs who laboured under the name of Dickens would bounce on the spot if he found a snake in the paddocks. The feed at the time would've been knee high, so Dickens was clearing three feet or so, on the spot.
He would do this a number of times, then pounce, and on the bounce back, he would fling it, the snake, almost with a flick - over his shoulder. Invariably the snake would have a broken spine.
He got the name when, as a pup, he would run/work with his Mum and do this in the middle of a paddock.
We couldn't call him 'Bloody Hell', so Dickens it was, as in - what the dickens is that dog doing now.
I reckon that Animals are habitual Mytho, once they've discovered something that works - they will also adapt another Animals actions. like those monkeys who learnt to wash their grain to seperate the sand out.Clever dog - he was using the whipcrack effect to kill the snake. Where did he learn that from?
I've got an old fella who eats clay - doesn't seem to do him any harm.Not to get off topic but I've seen dogs eat snakes, bees and rats. I really wondered about one that made a point to eat as many bees - wasps, etc. as it could. It never seemed to suffer ill effects.
I'm really never surprised at what dogs eat. My dog eats a bit of dirt, as well as leaves, sticks and on occasion pop.I've got an old fella who eats clay - doesn't seem to do him any harm.
It's funny, I come out some mornings and there's a space in the lawn - divot parked neatly next to it, with a little depression in the soil.
At 1.6 metres and 80kg (12st), the new species, Crossvallia waiparensis, was four times heavier and 40cm taller than the emperor penguin, the largest living penguin.
The penguin joins other oversized but extinct New Zealand birds including the world’s largest parrot, an eagle with a 3m wingspan, 3.6m-tall moa birds and other giant penguins.
Enormous penguins are believed to have rapidly evolved in the Palaeocene epoch – between 66 and 56 million years ago – after the dinosaurs disappeared and large marine reptiles also vanished from southern hemisphere waters that were much warmer than today.
It is not clear why the giant penguins disappeared from the oceans millions of years ago but it may be linked to the arrival of large marine competitors such as seals and toothed whales.
The new species is similar to another prehistoric giant penguin, Crossvallia unienwillia, which was identified from a fossilised partial skeleton found in the Cross Valley in Antarctica in 2000.
Dr Paul Schofield, the senior curator of natural history at Canterbury Museum, said finding closely related species in New Zealand and Antarctica showed the connections between the now-separated land masses.
He added: “When the Crossvallia species were alive, New Zealand and Antarctica were very different from today – Antarctica was covered in forest and both had much warmer climates.”
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/nightmare-creature-multitool-head.htmlNightmare Creature Had Egg-Shaped Eyes, Swiss Army Knife Head and a Butt Shield
A spiky, armor-plated "walking tank" with bulging eyes, a shield on its butt and a head like a Swiss army knife scuttled along the seafloor more than 500 million years ago, snapping up prey with a deadly pair of mouth pincers called chelicerae.
Researchers discovered astoundingly well-preserved fossils of these thumb-size predators in 2012, and a new study recently described the creatures, determined to be a previously unknown species now dubbed Mollisonia plenovenatrix. Scientists have found dozens of fossils of this species in recent years that include preserved soft tissue of the mouthparts, along with the animals' multiple legs and bulbous eyes.
The mouth pincers, in particular, caught scientists' attention. Chelicerae are found in a diverse group of animals called chelicerates; the group includes more than 115,000 species alive today, among them spiders, scorpions and horseshoe crabs. These fossils provided the oldest evidence to date of these mouth appendages. But these robust pincers may have originated in an unknown species that is even older, the study said. ...
.A flying reptile discovered buried in Canadian ice nearly 30 years ago has been confirmed by scientists as a new species.
With a suspected wingspan of up to 33 feet, the newly named Cryodrakon boreas (frozen dragon of the north) was one of the largest flying animals in the planet’s history. It existed during the Cretaceous period, around 76 million years ago.
(c) The Guardian. '19The “strange” anatomy of a family of giant marsupials that roamed eastern Australia and Tasmania for much of the past 25m years has been revealed in a new study.
Scientists had already figured out that palorchestids had tapir-like skulls and large “scimitar-like claws”, but little was known about the limbs of one of the “strangest marsupial lineages to have existed”, according to the paper published by a group of Australian researchers.
By examining 60 fossil specimens of palorchestids of varying geologic ages, the scientists were able to get an idea of how their legs and arms would have looked, functioned and evolved over time.