When your nostrils are on top of your head, the easier it is to breath undetected as you stalk your prey.
Check this out. See how you can barely see this wonderful beast swimming through the water? By having your nose on top, you can enter stealth mode AND breath too!
And this guy? Better watch out. #Hook
These photos were taken in the ROM’s “Antler Room”. Essentially, it’s a climate controlled space full of bones, skeletons and taxidermied animals. And then there’s racks on racks on racks of antlers.
Here’s some real talk about how dope hippos are.
- A Hippo’s birth weight is around 10 times that of yours. But I don’t even think that’s surprising.
- You have two guesses, what is the closest living relative of the hippopotamus? Answer at the end.
- They secrete their own type of sunscreen. Which seems an awful lot more convenient than going to Shoppers.
- Bonus secretion fact! Can’t sweat.
- Hippos spin their tail while pooing to help mark their territory over a larger area. There’s a youtube clip. I’ll let you find it.
- Though they spend most of their time in water, they eat mostly land vegetation. Nothing like a midnight snack (that’s when they eat btws).
- Hippos use their teeth for eating and, and most fierce of all, battling! They fight mostly other hippo’s though. Not like Hippopotas.
- The closest living relative is the whale!
EDITORS NOTE: Can’t believe I didn’t make a “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” reference…
A childhood dream of mine was to meet Paul Sereno, one of my favourite palaeontologists. Earlier this year, when #ultimatedinos was being built, I got up close to Paul Sereno’s Carchardontosaurus, and did my best to recreate this famous photo. And that, I thought, would be as close as I would ever get to this legend.
This week, I got a little closer.
Love my job. Love what we offer. So glad to be a part of this.
NOTE: Leading up to Sereno’s meet & greet and lecture, I worked the lines speaking to parents, kids, dino nerds. It was wonderful meeting so many excited and enthusiastic people.
I’ll always remember one comment in particular though from a mom, “My son’s here to meet his dino hero. I’m here to meet one attractive man!”. And indeed. Paul Sereno doesn’t look like he’s aged a day since his placing in the top 50 most beautiful people list in 1997!
Youth Tyrannosaurus Rex. Super scary. And REALLY hungry.
I can only imagine how awesome/scary a young Tyrannosaurus Rex would have looked. Teeth, that are ready to chomp right through you. Maybe a mane of feathers. Fierce all around.
But what is most impressive about these lil’ guys is how fast they grew through their teenage years. Teenage Tyrannosaurs would eat upwards of two kilograms of meat a day. A DAY! For example, this is what it looks like to eat a two kilogram steak. Not good for us. But perfectly reasonable for one of the world’s largest predator.
I remember eating my house out of all the food as a teenager. A Tyrannosaurus Rex would have eaten the whole neighbourhood. Literally.
The Carcharodontosaurus skull is absolutely HUGE! This is one of my favourite parts of #ultimatedinos.