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WHO IS NESSIE?

The Loch Ness Monster has always been one of the most iconic cryptic creatures in history. Its identity has been speculated and sometimes debated over the years. Most people believe it to be a species of Plesiosaur, which has a long neck and small head connected to its round body. Plesiosaurs were fish eaters like dolphins. On the other hand, if Nessie was a Pliosaur, Loch Ness would not be a safe place to be in. The reason for this would be because Pliosaurs were voracious predators that indiscriminately attacked and ate everything that moved in the prehistoric oceans, including other Pliosaurs. Its large head and powerful jaws allowed it to kill and devour large prey. Due to these facts, if Nessie was one of these animals, it would most likely be a Plesiosaur because it was a harmless fish eater that would be more interested in eating the local fish. If it was a Pliosaur, there would be a lot more missing people and wrecked boats at Loch Ness since the Pliosaur would eat everything in the lake.

GATOR GOLF

My father used to tell me stories of when he was young during his visits through the southern United States. In those days, alligators were so scarce that hardly anyone saw them. Now, thanks to wildlife conservation laws, the alligators are everywhere with their populations booming. Alligator numbers are so large that they have learned to coexist with their human neighbors. One such example are several golf courses that have become overrun by alligators. Fortunately, the gators and the golfers have a mutual understanding. The golfers stay on the green while the gators stay in the water. However, every so often, the alligators would leave their lakes and ponds in order to seek out new territory and mates. When this happens, the golfers just get out of the alligators’ way and resume golfing when the gators are gone. I like that there is understanding between humans and alligators in these golf courses.

When you see those alligators walking across the golf course minding their own business, it definitely reminds you of a dinosaur. This is not far from the truth because alligators and dinosaurs share a common ancestry. The dinosaurs may be gone, but their blood ties endure in their bird descendants and crocodilian cousins. After watching the gators in this video, I wonder what it would have been like if the gators were as big as the prehistoric crocodilians such as Deinosuchus or Sarcosuchus. That would make them three times the size of the gators in this video.

ROBERT IRWIN’S ANIMALS

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Steve Irwin, the world famous Crocodile Hunter. I was heartbroken when I learned he was killed by a stingray. Still, even though Steve Irwin is gone, it looks like his legacy is alive and kicking with his family. A prime example of this would be his son, Robert Irwin, who is truly his father’s son. Not only does Robert look like a younger version of his father, but he has the exact same confident and optimistic personality. Like his father, Robert is not afraid of any animal and regards them as either amazing, beautiful, or cute. When Robert was invited to the Jimmy Fallon show, I would watch those segments. During these visits, Robert would promote wildlife conservation by bringing exotic animals to the show. Jimmy Fallon’s reactions to these animals are always funny. Easily Robert Irwin’s funniest visit to the Jimmy Fallon show was when Kevin Hart was there as well. Even though Jimmy Fallon had funny reactions to Robert Irwin’s animals, Kevin Hart took it to a whole new level. Despite being the animal expert in the Jumanji movies, Kevin Hart is deathly afraid of animals in real life. Both Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon were afraid of Robert Irwin’s animals in one form or another. It was even funnier to see that Robert Irwin, a 14-year-old kid at the time, was braver and more mature than two grown men. I recommend following Robert Irwin as he continues his father’s legacy.

THE LARGEST FLIER

My all-time favorite pterosaur would be Quetzalcoatlus because it was one of the largest animals to ever fly in Earth’s skies. It had a forty foot wingspan and it was as tall as a giraffe when it walked on all fours. Despite its enormous size, this creature’s body was built to be extremely lightweight, which is very important when it comes to flying. In terms of diet, this beast feed on small animals, fish, and carrion. It is such a tragedy that this pterosaur joined the dinosaurs in the ash heap of history. If it was allowed to continue its evolution, it could have grown into an even larger flier possibly with a fifty or sixty foot wingspan. We will likely never see such a colossal flier again in our lifetime. One of my fictional dinosaur species in my dinosaur series will be as large as Quetzalcoatlus.

HECK CATTLE

As I continued to research the experiment that involves turning birds back into dinosaurs, I discover that similar reverse engineering experiments have been done in the past on different animals. One example involves the creation of the Heck Cattle, which were a failed attempt by Nazi scientists to bring the aurochs back to life. These Nazi scientists made the Heck Cattle by back breeding various kinds of cattle in an attempt to recreate the aurochs. Some of these animals were even hunted by German aristocrats for sport in an attempt to reenact an old myth regarding the aurochs. In addition to their Nazi origins, the Heck Cattle were mired in controversy. Not only were the Nazi’s breeding methods unethical and rushed, but the resulting creatures looked nothing like the aurochs of the past. Descendants of the Heck Cattle can be found in Europe to this day. Now, seventy years later, other organizations are trying to restart the aurochs resurrection experiment. However, these groups do not intend to use the methods that the Nazis did when they created the Heck Cattle. Overall, this historical example of reverse engineering proves what I have been wondering while writing my dinosaur book. If birds can be turned into something resembling their prehistoric ancestors, then other animals can be as well. Also, when you take a modern animal and try to turn it back into its prehistoric ancestors, the end result will not be what you intended. This was the case when cows were turned into something that resembled their aurochs ancestors.