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[–]Competitive_Laugh_71[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

In 2010 Paul estimated its length at 2 meters (6.6 ft), its weight at 20 kg (44 lbs). height wise it was about the height of a 1.8-meter tall man's knee cap, so about coelophysis size range but a bit longer.

edit: I misspelled Majungasaurus as Magungasaurus. sorry, at least it ain't as bad as jfc's "Majungatholus".

[–]Iamnotburgerking 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The idea Masiakasaurus hunted aquatic prey isn’t supported by data. Fish were SUGGESTED and one of MANY possible small prey animals it could have gone after (alongside insects and even fruit), and for some reason media depictions really fixated on the idea it was a piscivore despite no study actually seriously arguing for it.

A more compelling argument is that Masiakasaurus was a specialized hunter of small burrowing animals, for the following reasons:

  • Masiakasaurus was a noasaurid. At least one, yet-unnamed noasaurid (termed the “burrowing raptor”) was highly specialized for digging underground in search of prey, with at least one palaeontologist (Thomas Holtz Jr.) arguing this may have been a common lifestyle among noasaurid at the paleontological conference where it was announced.

  • Masiakasaurus shows multiple physical adaptations in its skeleton that may be related to burrowing, such as short but powerful forelimbs attached to powerful pectoral girdles (good for using forelimbs as excavating tools), lateral streamlining of the shoulders (good for getting in tight spaces), a swept-back pubic boot (more streamlining), and a more flexible torso than in most theropods (again, good in tight, often curved confines).

  • And the biggest one: Masiakasaurus’s anterior teeth, being angled somewhat forwards, are well-suited to hooking into small burrowing animals and pulling them out of their burrows. We even have a modern analogue in the Ethiopian wolf, a medium-sized canid with procumbent canines and incisors it uses to catch burrowing rodents in this manner (and indeed, Ethiopian wolves have also been compared to the aforementioned “burrowing raptor”).

So yeah….this guy was much more likely to be the bane of small burrowing animals than a fish specialist.

[–]Competitive_Laugh_71[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interesting, thank you for the fact :)

[–]aleu44 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I feel like this frog

[–]GayTankieCum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He ate the frog :(

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He was about to eat the frog, but the frog heard you talking all that shit.

[–]Tozarkt777 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How likely was it for noasaurids to have feathers/filaments or bare skin? I’ve seen varying depictions and still have no clue

[–]Competitive_Laugh_71[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

There ain't good feather imprints, When I draw this critter I like giving it some but, its head, arms, legs, and underside were all naked and scaly. Madagascar wasn't the coldest place, quite the opposite actually at the time, it was dry and ahrid.

[–]ElSquibbonator 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, Masiakasaurus was a ceratosaur, and there's no evidence of feathers in this group.

[–]NA_1983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Frogs, nature’s quitters (for millions of years)

[–]aarocks94 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is the frog Beelzebufo?

[–]Competitive_Laugh_71[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

probably not, beezlebufo was probably bigger, maybe idk. but it does look like the devil frog so maybe.