Flying VelociraptorsDeinonychosauria is one of the most apreciated dinosaur clades, but more often than not for quite erroneous reasons. The classical perception of predatory, super-intelligent giant "lizards" has not died yet, depicting creatures that are less real and more twisted fantasies of delluded minds. Instead of yet another breed of mythological dragon, dromaeosaurs and troodontids were normal animals, but yet quite unique in that they represent the avian prototype, the type of animal from which modern birds emerged. And like their surviving cousins, they too had an advantage over other dinosaurs: the air.Flying Velociraptors3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The close relationship between deinonychosaurs and Aves/Avialae has led since very early to the speculation that troodontids, dromaeosaurs and birds share a common, flying ancestor. Indeed, the famous generic basal avian, Archeopteryx, is very similar to basal troodontids, and the earliest troondontids and one entire linage of dromaeosaurids, Microraptorinae, as well as Rahonavis
Matahourua: HistoryIn the beginning, the ancient people lived on Hawaiki. Hawaiki was then lush and green, productive and fruitful, fertile and beautiful; it was an island, or maybe an archipelago, to the north and to the east, where it is hot and there are no seasons; it was like those islands spread across the vast sea of the shark gods, but it was much bigger and much more plentiful. There, food and water were enough for all of us.Matahourua: History3 years ago in Settings More Like This
But our ancestors knew little. They were not from Hawaiki, you see, they came to Hawaiki from elsewhere; some say an island so big it'd make even the Wild Lands to the west small. Once they got there, they found it so much of a Paradise that they made no effords to contain themselves. They hunted all birds and other animals, they ate all fruits and brought down all trees; the land was brought to its knees, no longer capable for farming. Even the seas around Hawaiki were left empty. The people grew hungrier, only the kiore remaining, and no longer with trees to make new boat
Porpin ReinterpretationWhen Mankind was gone, marine tetrapods quickly recovered whatever blows they had received. Soon, cetaceans, pinnipedes and sirenians regained their former glory. However, in a curious succession of events, both cetaceans and sirenians declined, and by 10 million years after they had disappeared. Pinnipedes, suffering little to no casualities, were the first to claim empty niches, but other groups also rised up.Porpin Reinterpretation3 years ago in Settings More Like This
20 million years after Man, the seas of the southern hemisphere are home to the Porpin (Stenavis piscivora), a strange looking creature. With an elongated body, vaguely similar to that of the old dolphins, few people would expect this to actually be a bird, although the long, orange serrated bill might give a clue. Black with a white underside, its ancestors are predictably the penguins that occured in the southern seas during the age of Man. While pinnipedes rose to take the niches of the whales, penguins also made several attempts; most of these are mere scaled
Meganesean sawfishMeganesian sawfish (Pristis meganesianus)Meganesean sawfish3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Order: Sawfishes (Pristiformes)
Family: Sawfishes (Pristidae)
Habitat: rivers of Meganesia.
During Holocene sea ecosystems had suffered not less than land ones, because people polluted ocean and caught many species of food fishes and invertebrates, not reflecting about the future. Besides "planktonic accident" had caused destruction of great number of species of pelagic animals. Species had not died out during the reorganization of ecosystems, should adapt to existing is sharply changed conditions of Neocene. Bentic communities of coastal waters had suffered lesser; more kinds inhabited such areas had kept. Dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata) was among ones managed to survive in epoch of anthropogenous pressure and biological crisis. Having managed to go through threat from the side of people in Holocene, in Neocene it was compelled to adapt to new neighbours: Neocene saw-nosed crocodile (Pristisuchus serratorostris) had occupied the ecological nic
Neocene idea 2Giant Sawshark (Pristiocephalus vermitops)Neocene idea 23 years ago in Settings More Like This
Range: Caribbean; occurs both in fresh and salt water habitats on the sea itself, on the islands and on the north american and south american coasts
Sawfish were a linage of basal rays that developed their unique saw like rostrums as a way to kill prey. After an entire period of glory that lasted since the Cretaceous, the Holocene brought them to the shores of death as humans killed them off. The ending result is that the Neocene only saw the survival of one species, whose descendents now occur in Meganesia's rivers. In the mean time, some other animals evolved to fill the sawfish niche. Crocodiles, for instance, developed their own saw snouted forms. But not all replacements are totally new lifeforms; some have just been waiting for many million years for an opportuinity like this.
The zone of the Caribbean, once again now connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, is the home for a curious critter. At the first sight, the Giant Sawshark resembl
Choristodera updatedChoristodera is an unusual linage of diapsid sauropsids. Having evolved in the late Triassic, at the very end of the reptilian radiation that preceeded the reign of the dinosaurs, these animals diversified as aquatic animals. Their relationships with other reptiles aren't well known; some have related them to lepidosaurs, alongside sphenodontians and squamates. Others classified them as part of the archosauromorph radiation. Evidence doesn't seem to favor one group over the other in this, sharing features with both.Choristodera updated3 years ago in Settings More Like This
After their appearence in the Triassic, through most of the Mesozoic these aquatic reptiles were generally restricted to relative small, lizard like forms, occupying an ecological niche roughly similar to that of the modern Chinese Crocodile Lizard (Shinisaurus crocodylurus),whose evolution in our world occured after the extinction of small choristoderes in Asia; a linage of choristoderes, Hyphalosauridae, managed to go further, elongating their necks, becomin
The voice of PerunBrothers and Sisters,The voice of Perun3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My fellow gods of equal
It is more of predicatory
Than honourous for them
To live for so long.
Of victory we were forged,
Of divinity we were bathed,
The ambrosia and ichor,
Bleeding from the vessels
Of the channel of the then
Worship powering nature,
Blood becoming divine fuel,
And prayers becoming acts.
What we offered them?
Nothing but rewards for
The hardest of all works;
Herakles and others were
Less desire gifts,
But gifts nonetheless,
And ichor can still be found,
Although miniscule in mass,
Among those who claim
The honour of the ancestral
I believe the golden blood
Still flows among the people,
From spartan paternity to
Jew and aryan.
What have they given us?
A lot of devotion,
But to what extent is that
The in following day,
In the following millenia,
Different from no other,
Declares us foul demons,
And many inoccent followers
Have their blood
The islandI swim through theThe island4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Cold oceanic water,
An aquatic motion
On my hind limbs;
Happen to dive,
And my wings are
In this cold,
The echoes of my
Screams go without
My avian self of no
Importance to man.
To matter not.
The dolphins that
Swim beneath me
Or the wolf that goes
On american shore
Matter more than I
Ever will to man,
For I have nothing
Wrong and yet
Humans hate me
Or ignore me like
Just any bird,
Except sparrows for
Humans enjoy any
Animal that murders
For no reason.
Beneath me swims
The basking shark;
I feel sorry for it
Because humans hate
It even more than me,
Even if it harms no
Why are these rabid
Servants of cruel God
So obsessed with evil?
They sure love killing
Each other for not being
Christian or muslim or
Scientologist or mormon,
They sure love murdering
People who can't help
Who they love,
And in the end the only
Animals they love are those
Who murder for reas
Worms and Massage ChairsA few months ago I had some time off work, and a friend of mine suggested I visit 32314. I spent the following 3 weeks there, which proved to be a very interesting experience.Worms and Massage Chairs2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Somewhere between the bridge house and the hotel, a child leaped upon my back and started pummeling my shoulders violently. Fearing for my life and wallet, I tossed the parasite against a wall, much to the disgust of the passers-by. The child then flared his teeth in a way which my translator interpreted as "biscuits", though I'm sure he meant something more profane. Needless to say, it wasn't the best start to a holiday.
Upon entering the hotel I was greeted by another of the large worms, who extended a tendril in some sort of gestural greeting. He kept his tendril extended for quite some time, after which I realized I was probably meant to reciprocate the gesture, so I stuck my hand out too. He then grasped my wrist and started caressing my hand with his tendrils for another extended period of time, after which
Ecce Homo Acadiensis - PrologueThe world of great empires has long since passed away. None now live that remember the world of our ancient ancestors. Some say that they were as gods, with great power. They believe that these people had the ability to destroy the entire world with their weapons of war, and could release diseases that would wipe out all of humanity. Maybe that's how it started.Ecce Homo Acadiensis - Prologue1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It began with Pandora. Most historians believe that it was released from the jungles of Vietnam as its cities grew. Some even say that the reason the cities were forced to grow outward was because the seas rose and drowned the ancient coasts. Many are skeptical that this is possible, but more and more evidence mounts that shows this may actually have happened.
The plague of Pandora ravaged the world. The year 1 BF became known as the Great Dying to our ancestors. Within seven days, the disease had reached all seven continents. Within one year, one in four people on the planet were left alive. But that was just the beginning of
Aren Bestiary: Goblin Races - An IntroductionAren Bestiary: Goblin Races - An Introduction2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"To the northwest of Sal-Asrin, it is told, dwells a race of savage beast-men. They grow not larger than children but have the fierce strength of grown men. Their skin is a shade of grey with a hint of yellow or even a sickly green. Terrible fangs or tusks like those of a boar grow out their mouth, and they feed on all kinds of flesh, eating it raw like beasts of prey. Their ways are uncivilized and crude, and their tools and weapons are made of stone or wood. Their stench is said to be nigh unbearable."
-- Izmar Ban-Sadarin on goblins in Of People and Beasts of the Land.
Goblins are species of primitive sapients counted among the human genus, although they were originally thought more close to the wudas. Cases of interbreeding between human and goblin races prove the validity of this classification beyond any doubt, even though such "goblin-men" are always sterile. The history of goblins is poorly known and sketchy at best. The earliest accounts of goblins come from Velaneic ch
Questa bella ma strana sensazione chiamata amoreIf you believe in love, believe in any placeQuesta bella ma strana sensazione chiamata amore11 months ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Love is strange, given anywhere
If love doesn't work close, you can away. And vice versa
The feelings are the same far or near.
I understand the difference in distance is that wanting to be close, to look into your eyes and tell you how much I love you.
Because, at some point in this strange way, I fell in love with you.
I fell in your charm and now I can't go out of this feeling, or not... the true is, I don't want to go out of this feeling...
People can say I'm an idiot and this is all wrong. Moreover, while I myself believed that ...
Ma listen to me, my heart says otherwise... says: "I love you"
Sė! Ti amo!
Love is love and I don't care how? the true is than I love you!
I can't help it...
The bird of peaceThe vulture, for some reason, is evil to the eyes of this christian derived culture. Just because it feeds on the dead, just because it soars before those who died.The bird of peace3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
It is rather unfair to show such a magnificent, noble bird as evil. The vulture does not kill for food, the vulture cleans the Earth from the illness of death, of the carcasses that lie on the mountain, savanna, desert, scrub. On Eurasia, Africa and the Americas, two families of unrelated birds called vultures do this job of purifying the world of diseases, and yet people wish them nothing but harm.
The vulture was recognised as the bird of peace by many cultures, as it never kills. On North America, it was considered holier than the wolf or the eagle, animals seen as the favoured totems; on Ancient Egypt it was Mut, the mother goddess and the "chicken of the pharoh", considered an all female species and sacred to the gods, so none could hunt them. Many were the gods associated with the vulture; in Greek Mythology the great
Wolves are inferior toDolphinsWolves are inferior to4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Yes, I don't like dolphins either, but compared to wolves the reasons of anyone liking them are far more understandable. They rely on sonar to search for prey, not needing vision in areas where it is difficult to use, whereas the wolf sense of smell is most inferior. They hunt in packs far more organised than wolf packs, and they show a wider variety of social behaviours. They are more intelligent than wolves, and some species are very adaptable in terms of ecosystems they can occur on. Several species can hold their breath for long periods of time and dive to depths that humans could only dream of. While the idiotic bottlenose dolphin is common, many species are endangered and deserve more protection than both wolves and bottlenose dolphins.
Birds of prey
To begin with, they can fly, something wolves obviously are incapable of. Their sight is far superior to that of wolves, many species being able to see something kilometers away from them in detail. Eagles are powerful enoug
The decline of the pronghornThe decline of the pronghorn3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
People whine endlessly on how the grey wolf supposedly is endangered and call on their preservation. Said people are immensely stupid, because the grey wolf not only is not endangered, its populations are very, very stable.
Many other similar sized mammals, however, suffer due to human activities, and one of the lesser known affected species is the pronghorn, the "american antilope", which isn't an antilope at all but the last surviver of an once diverse clade.
At the beggining of the 20th century, populations of this mammal were of about 50 to 60 million individuals occuring all across North America's grasslands, deserts and scrublands. However, extensive hunting led to a massive decline in the populations, to the point that only 13000 animals existed at 1920. Since then, the population has only increased to somewhere between half a million and 1 million animals. That means a microscopic fraction of the original population exists today. This is far less than the number of grey
SharksSharks4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Many people go around defending cetaceans and wolves, saying they are misunderstood and endangered. While some cetacean and wolf subspecies/species are in fact endangered, people only focus on the american grey wolf and iconic cetaceans like the bottlenose dolphin and the humpback whale. Considering how none of said animals is in fact endangered, said people are mentally ill and delusioned if they insist on that.
On the other hand, there's a far more decent, intelligent predator that is largely ignored: the shark. Sharks are about as intelligent as mammals and birds, and are very far from the antisocial, mindless machines they are portrayed in media as. Sharks show complex behaviours like playing and are generally quite curious by nature. Some species can even form attachments with zookeepers, not to mention that the vast majority of sharks are harmless. Less people die each year by shark attacks than people killed by horses or cows, not to mention that most attacks are not even fatal.
Aren Bestiary: Of Goblins and OrcsAren Bestiary: Of Goblins and Orcs2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Although often separated into two races, goblins and orcs, also known as huorcs or hijashi, belong to the same race, and are so close they can't even be considered subraces. Urusean orcs are considerably more robust, somewhat taller and appear to be more intelligent than their Thalannean and Ordosian relatives, known as goblins, but most differences are negligible and seem to be due to culture, lifestyle and diet. Common to them all is a varying level of animosity towards human races, which they simultaneously fear and consider inferior.
At least on the surface goblin culture reveres raw physical strength above other qualities, although it is rarely those merely strongest in body that end up having most influence in the goblin tribe. Similarily the goblins may dismiss the use of magic as something for the weak and lame, but at the same time fear and revere the powers of their shamans, who tend to be among the most intelligent of goblinkind.
Ever since the appearance of humans in northe
The heralding of the messiahחבלי משיחThe heralding of the messiah2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
מילים ולחן: נעמי שמר
קיים ביצוע נוסף לשיר זה
כאשר אני הולך
בלי אין ובלי אן
על ליבי כמו קמע
יש לי כל הזמן
שיר קטן, שיר קטן.
חבלי משיח הנה זה בא
חבלי משיח הנה זה ב
YehudimCursedYehudim3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
With the scars of our past
With the scars that they earned
Though they had no choice.
To grieve forever.
To always be wary
Carefree are the others
But we see the truth.
To know that the past
Has made us stronger.
To have the truth in our grasp
It could always be worse.
To know that we
Through it all, we have remained.
Especially when weakened, we have a song.
We hum even when no one can hear.
We carry the weight. It isn't always easy.
But sometimes, it feels good.
Harmageddon: Merciful DarknessHarmageddon: Merciful Darkness2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Eugenics, population control and infant mutilation in pre-Harmageddon War Infernian society
Ever since the great imp rebellion all Infernian children suspected to be of mixed blood had been put to death, but the roots of this law go even deeper in time. After the falling of the Nether Gate, when the numbers of demons and imps were small, the Archons sent out a commandment that all children born misshapen, sick or weak were to be killed, lest they consume the food and water from the strong and healthy and tarnish the coming generations with their imperfections. It seems clear they feared that inbreeding could undo all Infernians if draconian measures were not implemented.
These laws were never reversed, but they were mitigated to a degree as the Infernian civilization grew and stabilized. Though there was still no room for the unfit and infirm among the ranks of demons, imps were allowed to have as many children as they could raise, as long as they managed to take care
kangaroo opossumKangaroo opossum (Neodelphis aquapodae)kangaroo opossum2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Family: opossums (Didelphidae)
Habitat: North America
The history of North American marsupials like the other descendants from the South America in the time period of the Pliocene is sufficiently simple: they reached a certain success, but with the offense of the Ice Age they survived, in contrast to such placental beasts as the glyptodont and the jaguar. This success was based on the fact that the American marsupial animals (the opossums) are the ecological analogs of the placental rats and are also just as unpretentious in regards to their environment. Therefore, the main (and only) representative of the North American marsupials, the Virginian opossum (Didelphis virginiana), had wonderfully survived the epoch of man, and the beginning of the Neocene, and even occupied several new ecological niches, after evolving into several new species.
However, the kangaroo opossum is one of the most unusual descendants of
Harmageddon: Earth on HellHarmageddon: Earth on Hell2 years ago in Settings More Like This
At the very height of their power, the Atlantean civilization discovered the fallen City of the Heavens buried deep within the bedrock. Within it awaited its mystical source of power, the iridiscent element orichalcum. Stretching their ingenuity to its limits the Altanteans rebuilt many of the strange structures of the City of the Heavens, including a great gate to another word, an uninhabited realm with its sky clouded by ash and ground streaked with rivers of molten rock, which they named after the netherworld of their beliefs. Discovering many valuable ores, some of which did not seem to follow the laws of nature as they knew them, the Atlanteans began to settle the nether realm to mine its riches.
What they knew not was that this place was in fact a pocket universe created to serve as a prison for an immense ancient entity, the great sleeping dragon known as the Six-Horned One. For each of his horns he had a name: Leviathan, Ahriman, Tiamat, Yaldabaoth, Apep and Shemyazaz. Once thi