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Sizes Of The Giant Theropods

Exactly! The elephant is clearly undersized by 20 centimeters.  (Jun 13, 2013 | post #564)

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Jacob Michael Dalland is...

Oh dear. Let's hope this is very temporary. Almost a 1 year bump though, impressive.  (Jun 13, 2013 | post #6)

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What is Gondwana?

No, either Gondwana and Laurasia were contients or all 3 were supercontinents. There is no such thing as a super super continent. https://en.wikiped ia.org/wiki/Superc ontinent Wikipedia's definition says that Gondwana and Laurasia are NOT supercontinents. I think it's debatable, depending on the definition of supercontinent you use. If it just means "A large continent", then the likes of Laurasia and Gondwana can be considered supercontinents. If it has to be the only landmass on the planet, they're not.  (Jun 11, 2013 | post #10)

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Enough With The Dumb Comments!

Are you sure you have a friend? Last time you claimed to have a best friend you created a topix account for him and everyone figured out it was a clone. I find it intriguing that these people are so sure that there's a god and see concrete evidence, but they never have the idea to take a picture. Suppose they can't be too bright if they believe in an invisible sky person.  (Jun 11, 2013 | post #602)

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Allosaurus and Albertosaurus vs Sinraptor and Daspletosaurus

I'm playing devil's advocate here, but why should species and subspecies be a thing in the first place? They're all different animals in the first place. Is it really necessary to add another level to taxonomy, which confuses the shit out of laymen as it is? You could say that you have to draw the line somewhere, and that by this logic you might as well abolish genera and group by families, but that's not entirely true. You can easily distinguish between a lion and a cat. It's not very difficult. But it IS very difficult to distinguish between a clouded leopard and a Borneo clouded leopard. Actually, those last two sentences make no sense. Disregard them. A better example is the genus Panthera. A lion looks nothing like a tiger, which in turn looks nothing like a leopard, which in turn looks a little bit like a jaguar. These animals really aren't very similar. Why should they all be Panthera? Or, to use a dinosaur example, C.Saharicus vs C. Igudensis. You might think that they're very similar, and you'd be right. But so are Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus, and multiple other Allosauroids. They're not distinct species, though. It's a very inconsistent system. Of course I spelled Hyaenodon wrong. Brits and their Æs  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #65)

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What is Gondwana?

You're correct. It was difficult to find maps of Laurasia and Gondwana which weren't just Pangaea maps with the northern part being Laurasia and the southern part being Gondwana. http://volcano.ore gonstate.edu/vwdoc s/vwlessons/lesson s/Pangea/Picture5. gif Apparently Arabia, India, and the rest of the southern half of the globe were joined with Gondwana. Europe and Asia are still continents. There is no European or Asian tectonic plate, yes, but our understanding of continents far precedes our understanding of tectonic plates(Probably why Arabia and India are lumped into Asia!). Europe and Asia have been separate things for millenia now, you're not going to displace it just because of some silly tectonic plate thing.  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #4)

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Sizes Of The Giant Theropods

The top two... Spinosaurus was about 17 meters and Mapusaurus was smaller than Giganotosaurus and Carcharodontosauru s...  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #555)

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What is Gondwana?

Supercontinent doesn't HAVE to be the only continent on the planet, just a very large one, larger than the others. Today, actually, Afro-Eurasia fills this role. I think if millions of years from now, another civilization managed to see what the world was like in the Holocene era, they'd see 2 "supercontine nts"- Afro-Eurasia and America, with Australia and Antarctica considered either very large islands or full blown continents. Also, you can't bring up plate tectonics because Gondwana and Laurasia also comprised of multiple plates. So I'd think they'd be a supercontinent, probably for at least Laurasia, but maybe not Gondwana, considering it was only South America and Africa (Although Africa is absolute MASSIVE- Mercator projections make it look smaller than it really is)  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #2)

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Allosaurus and Albertosaurus vs Sinraptor and Daspletosaurus

Yes, it certainly fucks those up quite a bit, if you want to look at it that way. If you want to look at it another way, it makes them less easy to confuse, and you can actually use an animal's binomial name and have people recognize it. I mean, there are genera with ~20 species like Felis, Varanus, Hyenaedon.  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #63)

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Allosaurus and Albertosaurus vs Sinraptor and Daspletosaurus

http://www.topix.c om/forum/science/d inosaurs/TRJOGNJOO 628AQ2US/p45#c901 Good post explaining it.  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #60)

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Komodo Dragon vs Crocodile

Have you actually fought a crocodile and won easily? Otherwise your point is pretty moot. It's a crocodile a similar size to a full grown man. It can still cause damage with its jaws. You seem to be underestimating it quite a bit, unless it has some sort of abnormally placid behavior or something. But a mugger crocodile or SWC would destroy a human, especially an SWC. Maybe in a freak occasion someone could kill a mugger, in the same way that in a freak occasion and if I knew what I was doing I could kill a grizzly bear with my bare hands.  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #113)

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Nothing can beat megalodon. Not even the mighty t Rex.

I'd say anything that could puncture Megalodon's shell could easily win. It might be difficult to do so for some creatures, but I really can't say any way Megalodon could do any damage!  (Jan 18, 2013 | post #16)

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Nothing can beat megalodon. Not even the mighty t Rex.

It's actually hilarious you're making that claim!  (Jan 17, 2013 | post #12)

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Nothing can beat megalodon. Not even the mighty t Rex.

Ninja'd-.-  (Jan 17, 2013 | post #10)

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