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Sinophoneus

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Sinophoneus yumenensis: [link]
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Ryivhnn's avatar
The "tiger stripe" patterning is kind of cool :) This thing seems to me like it would move a bit ponderously with those stumpy legs and big head. Though the legs appear to be downward rather than out sideways (I only just had coffee, don't ask me to remember technical terms ;)) So it was probably agile and lightning fast :D
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This one a predator... should have been agile and fast...Like the Pampaphoneus to which it is related.
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Some predators can be slowish. Like crocodiles. Which are kinda slow til you're next to them or they're in the water.
But even then these need to accelerate.
Ryivhnn's avatar
Yeh I prefer not to be around croc habitats for a reason ;)
There are very few if any slow, stupid predators.

Unless we are talking about some placentals, all predators tend to have primate-like (sometimes ape-like) intellect, this applies to everything from cephalopods to stomatopods to lizards to crocodiles to sharks to tuna to whatever that kills for a living.
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But crocs are ambush predators... they don't need to run after their preys.
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Sinophoneus went extinct during the Song Dynasty.
mynameisnotdave23's avatar
What? Is that a joke?
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You have to explain this to me...
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They were eaten in Gansu province as a delicacy. By around 980-ish, during the Song Dynasty, the population had dwindled to a private "herd" of about 50 individuals kept by the governor of Gansu. The final dozen, or so, were slaughtered in 986 as tribute for the coronation feast of Emperor Zhenzhong.
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