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Flash525

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#1 8 years ago

Don't mind the title, I very much enjoyed the films as a child... back in the day. Anyway, I did post this question in another thread some three-four weeks back, wasn't really covered as I'm sure people thought the thread had served its purpose before I asked the question. They were probably right there.

Regardless of which, the question was, as quoted:

Aerilon;5385270Also, a question of curiosity. If you (as an individual) could bring no more than five Dinosaur species back to life, what species (specifically) would you bring back?

Hypothetically, if the science to bring Dinosaurs back from their fossils became avaliable to us, but say, you only had the necessary resources to bring back a total of five species, or rather, five specific Dinosaurs, which would they be, and why?

I should state, I don't believe this would ever be possible. Not only would the work involved be a huge drain on already drained resources, but the process would probably be impossible due to the DNA of these Dinosaurs degrading, and even if we did manage to create / collect a clean copy, Dinosaurs (of no period) would be able to exist in the climate we currently do.

But yeah, there's the question, answer it. ;)

PS: Don't just list five Dinosaurs, I've specifically asked for people to state why they'd choose their specific choices. :)




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#2 8 years ago

Raptors, reason: Put a saddle on it, and you have the most bad ass cavalry in history.

as for the next four? not sure.




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#3 8 years ago

Here are the five dinosaurs I would bring back to life:

- Raptor. Same reason as Mihail suggested.

- Broncosaurus. Could have the potential to replace cows, granted if they are tasty.

- Ichthyosaur. Strap some gear to it and BOOM! Attack submarine.

- Pterodactyls. Strap some gear to it and BOOM! Attack helicopter.

Dunno about the last one though.




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#4 8 years ago

Good luck with that cavalry:

WikipediaVelociraptor was a mid-sized dromaeosaurid, with adults measuring up to 2.07 m (6.8 ft) long, 0.5 m (1.6 ft) high at the hip, and weighing up to 15 kg (33 lb).

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#5 8 years ago

What about Utahraptor-cavalry? Everyone assumes Velociraptor by default, which is fine. Utahraptor: Utahraptor_scale.png And Raptors are said to be much more sophisticated (mentally) than a horse, so they would be a badass cavalry. I was a big fan of the "Stegosaurus" as a child, they just looked so deadly and badass, for a herbivore.




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#6 8 years ago
Schofield;5399864What about Utahraptor-cavalry? Everyone assumes Velociraptor by default, which is fine. Utahraptor: Utahraptor_scale.png

nah. Gigantoraptor Cavalry. Gigantoraptor_size.png that should stop those damn terrorists.

-Spinosaurus- largest carnivore dinosaur, would have to have that on the list! -Pterodactyl- awesome Flying lizard is awesome -Velociraptor- just for their iconic epicness -Triceratops- meat fodder for spinosaurus and Velociraptors- they need something to eat! that said, if we can clone dinosaurs, we'll undoubtedly be able to clone humans, so we can just make clones of Justin Bieber for the dinosaurs to eat. still, triceratops are epic. -and then, either Diplodocus or Brachiosaurus, leaning more towards Brachiosaurus, mainly due to their sheer height which would be awesome.




Flash525

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#7 8 years ago

Interesting replies, seems I actually forgot to list my choices too...

Mihail;5399498Raptors, reason: Put a saddle on it, and you have the most bad ass cavalry in history.
eezstreet;5399522- Raptor. Same reason as Mihail suggested.

necrosect;5399849Good luck with that cavalry:

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Schofield;5399864What about Utahraptor-cavalry? Everyone assumes Velociraptor by default, which is fine. Utahraptor: Utahraptor_scale.png [/QUOTE][/QUOTE]

Truth be told, nobody had actually stated 'Velociraptor' ;) Granted that is probably what was insinuated, no doubt specifically after watching one (or more) of the Jurassic Park films, however, even then, I'm not so sure they'd be able to serve as cavalry. They aren't that big; a little taller than you average person, and you'd want to ride them?

Obviously the Utahraptor would be a wiser choice, I believe there is a third, larger 'raptor' type too isn't there?? ...might have to research that.

[QUOTE=Schofield;5399864]And Raptors are said to be much more sophisticated (mentally) than a horse, so they would be a badass cavalry.

I think that's more a rumour than anything else. Specifically from them being labelled as 'smart' in Jurassic Park. [QUOTE=Schofield;5399864]I was a big fan of the "Stegosaurus" as a child, they just looked so deadly and badass, for a herbivore.

Ditto.

Obviously (from the last quote of mine) you can probably figure out that I'd also put one of my votes toward the Stegosaurus. They're said to be quite... dumb, but they're is still something about them that I think gives them a place in my list.

In addition to the Stegosaurus, and for very much the same reason, I'd have to throw in the Parasaurolophus. I find them rather unique, and I suppose they could also serve as cattle. For a third choice, most probably the famous Triceratops. Simply for the 'cool' effect.

My fourth choice would be either the Brachiosaurus or Diplodocus, two of the largest land animals to have ever lived. One for it's height, the other, it's length. Not sure which of the two I'd have though, siding more with the Brachiosaurus.

And finally, you'd need one of them meat-eaters. I'd personally go with the Allosaurus. I think the T-Rex and others are over-rated. The Allosaurus was a killer and hunter, I know many believe the T-Rex was more a scavenger, but we'll not debate that here. =p




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#8 8 years ago

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Schofield;5399864 And Raptors are said to be much more sophisticated (mentally) than a horse, so they would be a badass cavalry.

There was a show on the History channel, NatGeo or discovery (one of the science channels) that said that raptors were most likely as intelligent as common house cats.

My dinosaurs would be:

- [/COLOR][COLOR=Black]Plesiosaur: The large underwater dinosaur [/COLOR]

[COLOR=Black]Rhamphosuchus: The largest Croc[/COLOR]

[COLOR=Black]Tyranosaurus Rex: Needs no explaining.[/COLOR][COLOR=Black]

and not really sure after that.[/COLOR]

But, when you think about it. They would not be able to survive just because of diseases and nutrition. But, I am willing to forget that in order to let this thread live.




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#9 8 years ago

They wouldn't be able to survive for a number of reasons, as Aerilon pointed out. The main one, which is what I assume he meant when he said 'climate', is that the temperature of Earth is much cooler than it was back in their days, to say nothing of the atmosphere being radically different. Dinosaurs would fare badly trying to breathe on modern-day Earth, much as we would suffer were we to go back to their own time.

But he said hypothetically. For the purposes of this coolest dinosaur competition, we can assume that whatever magi-science cloning process made their resurrection possible, also adapted their physiologies to survive on modern-day Earth.

To be honest, I can't think of any practical reason why we should want to resurrect a dinosaur of any species, so my reasoning will be more sentimental than anything else. I'm also not just going to limit my species to the dinosaur group either, I'm afraid. There were some pretty cool animals outside of their little club, many of which have already been listed.

Iguanodon - Just so we can see if they ever did accurately figure out what shape the damn thing was supposed to be. And what the hell they would use those thumbs for really, if we have. Nose picking, I reckon.

Megalosaurus - Like a smaller, nimbler T-rex without wussy arms, these guys ate Stegosaurs for breakfast. Literally. If you want cavalry, these guys are it. Also, to see if we figured out what shape they were supposed to be.

Sea Scorpion - One of the largest anthropods of all time, bigger than a human. I'd love to bring that thing to life and then hide it in the home of somebody terrified of bugs. You'd definitely notice if one of these crawled under your sofa. Not that it would, as it didn't like land, but y'know what I mean...

Dunkleosteus - Ever since I saw a picture of this vicious, and enormous, Devonian bony fish in a magazine as a child I've found them fascinating. Most kids were interested in prehistory creatures after watching Jurassic Park at the cinema, but for me it was because of this fish. It looks hideously otherworldly, and were one of the most lethal apex predators of their day - armoured like tanks, with teeth to match the Jaws of Life, nothing could take them down. Except, alas, evolution.

Neanderthal - I'm cheating and going a bit more recent. But I think having a few Neanderthals around in the present day might be interesting. They could often have larger cranial capacities than regular humans despite often being smaller in stature. Raised in a modern environment with access to technology of our level, I wonder what they could do? Probably not a great deal different than ourselves, but it's interesting to speculate.




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#10 8 years ago

I go with Mihail for Raptor Cavalry.

2nd - Triceretops

3rd - Stegosaurus

4th - Brontosaurus

5th - Dunno. T-Rex but bad news if that thing ever got out.




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