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Man-sized "super koala" found

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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    It really makes you wonder if there is anything that does not have a giant prehistoric version of itself...


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,279 ✭✭✭Adam Khor


    Galvasean wrote: »
    It really makes you wonder if there is anything that does not have a giant prehistoric version of itself...

    That's why I strongly believe there must be some truth to the giant human fossils. Or others yet to be found.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 91,475 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight


    Thylarctos plummetus

    Identification

    Around the size of a leopard or very large dog with coarse orange fur with some darker mottled patterning (as seen in most Koalas). It is a heavily built animal with powerful forearms for climbing and holding on to prey. It lacks canines, using broad powerful premolars as biting tools instead.

    Size range

    120kg, 130cm long, 90 cm at the shoulder.

    Habitat

    Closed canopy forest as well as open woodland on the margins of dense forest.



  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Well, that's not scary at all :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,560 ✭✭✭✭Kess73


    Galvasean wrote: »
    It really makes you wonder if there is anything that does not have a giant prehistoric version of itself...



    Galloping in with an answer





    Was going to stick up Mr Ed, but BB had a great theme tune.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Hopefully this guy can buck that trend.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 91,475 Mod ✭✭✭✭Capt'n Midnight


    what were those hoofed predators ?

    carnivorous horses


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,279 ✭✭✭Adam Khor


    Proboscidipparion was not the only large prehistoric horse, there's also Equus giganteus (once estimated to have weighed up to 1.600 kgs) and Equus capensis (probably more like a giant zebra up to 800 kgs).As far as I know, the heaviest draft horse was 1.500 kgs, but was exceptional- on average, modern horses are much smaller than either giganteus or capensis, and other less known fossil horses.


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    what were those hoofed predators ?

    carnivorous horses

    Pristichampsus? :pac:

    6nd9-19.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,279 ✭✭✭Adam Khor


    what were those hoofed predators ?

    carnivorous horses

    I've never heard of truly carnivorous horses, except for the Mares of Diomedes from Greek mythology which were fed on travelers by their master:

    Diomedes%2Bdevoured.jpg

    Real life hoofed predators, other than Pristichampsus and kin, I can only think of entelodonts and mesonychids, the latter related to modern day artiodactyls:

    Dinohyus_Battle.jpg

    Mesonychidae.jpg

    But they didn´t look like horses at all...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,279 ✭✭✭Adam Khor




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