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Planet Earth II:
Short review: Great series with lovely visuals, soundtrack and narration. I won't spoil much but the part about the snow leopard were awesome.
So I apparently watched leaked episodes, after finishing the series I want and talked about the show with some people about it on Skype and one brought up that the show hadn't aired completely yet, so I asked them, how many episodes were planned? ''6, 4 aired so far and the next one is the plains one I believe.'' It kinda took me by surprise
I had a discussion via DA notes with about this a while back and I later discussed it with others like and . Broly's version of it is based off of a humerus which some estimate to be 545mm. They then proceed to scale this humerus using Big Al, a small armed Allosaurus based upon a study showing that generally speaking, larger theropods have smaller arms. However this applies not to the species/genus level and seems to apply to only make sense at a broader level. For example, tyrannosaurids have smaller arms than basal tyrannosaurs, but Tyrannosaurus has bigger arms than Tarbosaurus. Furthermore, older allosaurids, such as big al, have proportionally shorter arms, and ''Saurophaganax'' is one of the youngest allosaurids.
As for why that humerus is estimated at 545mm, mo measurements were listed in the original paper and the scale bar is probably off, this is based off of the scale bar. Other studies have listed a similar ''Saurophaganax'' to be around 485mm, and the specimen could be as low as 435mm. Another thing about the ''Saurophaganax'' specimens is that they are a collection of loose bones, representing a few individuals but bones cannot be assigned to a specimen. The humerus probably represents the largest individual.
Scaling from the legbones of ''Saurophaganax'' you get estimates of around 10m and 10.5m respectively. Using Allosaurus fragilis and a 545mm humerus you get an individual of around 12m long with a 545mm humerus and using a 485mm humerus with A. fragilis you would get an individual around 10.7m. I think it seems more parsimonious to go with a slightly differntly proportioned Saurophaganax/Allosaurus maximus around 10.5m than to go with a 12m one, but that is just me.
Trix Exhibit review:
For those who don't know yet, the Netherlands got a T. rex specimen this year, nicknamed ''Trix'' after the previous Dutch queen, Trix is a very large and complete specimen, lacking only her dentary, arms, feet and some vertebrae and being 12.5m long. Around september/oktober I went to Leiden and gave Trix a visit in Naturalis. For those who want to avoid spoilers: the specimen is a great sight but other parts of the exhibit are generally mediocre. The rest of Naturalis is closed at the moment and being rebuilt because it was too crowded to house new specimens.
The exhibit starts with some animatronic dinosaurs, a pair of Deinonychus, a Tenontosaurus, a generic dromeaosaur, a Maiasaura, an Ankylosaurus, a Triceratops carcass and a pair of Tyrannosaurus. The Tyrannosaurs are defenitely the best of these, only being somewhat shrinkwrapped, lacking feathers and one having pronated hands. The other dinosaurs are kind of ''meh'' except for the dromaeosaurs, the Deinonychus is just generic, scaly animal attacking Tenontosaurus and the other dromaeosaurs are exactly the same aside from being covered in a weird carpet of protofeathers that is not aestetically pleasing in the least.
The specimen is housed in the second room, this is by far the best part of the exhibit and you can examine the specimen from all angles, with no others things to distract you aside from some information boards. I'm personally a bit annoyed by the pose, the specimen is running with its head only a couple dozen centimeters off the ground, this is almost surely because they wanted it so you could get the best possible view of the skull but it looks like Trix is faceplanting any second.
The few rooms after Trix were generally filled with things to do for kids which is not going to be very interesting to most of you, T. rex mating dance game etc. However there was a part where a trio of interns was preparing fossils and you could ask questions and I spent a decent amount of time asking them things, mostly about the bonebed of Triceratops Naturalis was uncovering in the US and a few questions about Trix. The paleoart hung throughout the museum differed vastly in quality, you had the mediocre Trix press release art and dromaeosaur animatronics to pretty decent things like the T. rex animatronics. Most paleoart there was shrinkwrapped and underfeathered. The gift shop wasn't all that interesting, mostly generic kids dinosaur stuff with some PAPO models and a few books.
Deinonychus animatronics: sta.sh/01yb939cnr7w
Maiasaura and generic dromaeosaur animatronics: sta.sh/018w7y67wpti
T. rex and Ankylosaurus animatronics: sta.sh/0cu799isnp3
Animatronic T. rex 2 and Triceratops carcass: sta.sh/01j4qfab2r79
Best photo I took of Trix: sta.sh/0kha92zzfyy
I've started drawing a certain duck, keep an eye out for it
With this stuff over and Trump having made public some of his choices for Cabinet, I wanted to adress the topic. As with many others I was very surprised with the outcome of the election and I'm still waiting to see what happens when Trumps government comes into practise for me to make a final verdict but these are my thoughts at the moment.
I envisioned a few basic scenarios for each candidate becomming president, my Trump scenarios were:
1: Trump is the guy who he advertised and is a dumb president but ''drains the swamp'' of more ''establishment'' politicians.
2: Trump is not the guy he claimed to be during his campaign and doesn't ''drain the swamp'' but remains more rightwing.
3: Same was 3 but Trump also turns out to be more left leaning than advertised, he's got liberal views on some issues and was a democrat in the past.
4: Same as 4 but Trump does not ''drain the swamp''
I am willing to give they guy a chance as president, but at the moment things are not going in a direction I like, with his people in charge of enviromental issues being climate change deniers etc., my opinions on Trump are only going downhill, I'm just waiting for what his policies will result in when enforced. It should defenitely be noted I do not like Clinton one bit though.
Controversial part: I like bananas
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nice write up on Saurophaganax i like it.
bananas are a very controversial subject these days be careful where you say things like that.
Yeah, I might delete this post so possible future employees don't come across that part.
De aflevering van grasvlaktes is van deze zondag toch al uitgezonden op de BBC?
Awesome om een foto van Trix te zien. Tot nu had ik alleen maar wat losse botten en een foto van toen ze haar nog in elkaar aan het steken waren. Spijtig dat het museum er zo slecht uit ziet. Als Trix het enige is wat er boeiend is voor paleonerds van ons calliber ga ik het wel jammer vinden mocht ik er ooit eens kunnen binnen springen. Had wat meer verwacht van een museum dat zijn eigen rex gewoon kan gaan opgraven. Toen ik laatst het boek van Trix eens inkeek in de boekenafdeling van de supermarkt had ik al zo'n raar gevoel. (effe gewoon de naam Acheroraptor onder een tekening van een oviraptoride zetten en van die dingen)
Die Tyrannosaurus animatronic ziet er wel nog best vet uit eigenlijk.
Bananen zijn toch best lekker?
Naast het skelet zijn er ook nog wat stagaires die wat botten prepareren waar je tegen kunt praten maar de expositie is duidelijk bedoeld voor kinderen.