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Date:9/19/2014 11:50:37 AM
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Hi Pepper
Wow, it's great to hear from you! How are all of you? We miss you here on BC, although we've heard that Poirot is having some difficulties. We hope that gets resolved soon, though. My theme this month is dinos/birds, so here's today's blog: Today there is only one pic, but it's a very neat one. The upper skull is that of velociraptor, and the lower one is archeopteryx. Can you see how they look nearly identical? As we already know, archeopteryx was a bird like dino who lived in the Jurassic, about 150mya. He looked out the side of his head, like modern birds do, and had a pretty large brain case, compared to his size. He probably flew, but was not a strong flier. Velociraptor was a feathered dino from about 67mya, waaaay after our little bird friend. He was feathered, warm blooded, about 3 feet tall, hunted in groups, and was a brainiac of his time, too. His brain case is larger than other animals, comparatively speaking. He looked forward, like we do. He had binocular vision, meaning he had depth perception. For those who saw Jurassic Park, these guys were NOT 6 feet tall and scaly. They were smart, though. Jurassic Park took a lot of poetic license with velociraptors, but right after the film was released, they DID find a very large raptor in Utah, named Utahraptor, who is about 6 feet tall, brainy, and very scary. The raptor family also had another distinguishing characteristic: they had a raised toe which slashed living victims so they could start to feed immediately on them. Here's a gory vote, but a warm hug of thanks for your support. Gizmo
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