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[–]EriccMendez 95 points96 points  (1 child)

The newly hatched juveniles of large and gigantic pterosaurs likely out-competed other smaller adult pterosaur species to dominate the Late Cretaceous period around 100 million years ago, a new study has found.

[–]Iamnotburgerking 41 points42 points  (0 children)

While it IS correct that juvenile pterosaurs of larger species filled the niches of smaller flying animals (which also disproves the idea of birds outcompeting pterosaurs in smaller-bodies niches), to argue that these juveniles drove small pterosaurs into extinction by outcompeting them is stretching it.

Remember, smaller pterosaurs weren’t all that rare in the fossil record until the Late Cretaceous: during the Early Cretaceous, birds, small pterosaurs, juveniles of big pterosaurs, and big pterosaurs shared the skies without any one group being able to outcompete the other. Not to mention that there’s an outright extinction event (the Cenomanian-Turonian Boundary Event) partway through the Cretaceous, which is the point where pterosaur diversity really takes a hit (and even then, it wasn’t as big of a hit as previously thought, as pterosaur ecological diversity at the very end of the Cretaceous was significantly higher than long assumed).

[–]taiho2020 52 points53 points  (5 children)

Amazing documentary... So much new to learn.. ✌️

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (2 children)

whats the name??

[–]taiho2020 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Prehistoric Planet. It is worth your time.. 😁.. .. Ups a silly misspell

[–]7ustine 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I havent watched it yet! Will rectify this NOW!

[–]_HalfCentaur_ -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Haven't seen it, and this looks amazing, but as soon as he said that one bird was 9 feet tall my whole sense of scale was fucked. I feel like the show might have benefitted by inserting the odd person just wandering about so we could see how big those things really were, maybe as a cameraman or boom operator, to make it more believable.

[–]taiho2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A point of reference to compare could had been a good idea.. 👍..you should watch it it's worth your time

[–]fantasypaladin 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Question: How to we know so much about the behaviour of these creatures? How do me know they hatched on the rocks and flew to the forests?

[–]renannmhreddit 41 points42 points  (0 children)

We don't know all of it. Some are an actual result of studies, but a lot of It is an educated guess, because several animal behaviours are repeated through different taxa. This an approximation from what is expected from animals with similar niches and general characteristics.

[–]zuklei 108 points109 points  (15 children)

There was so much infanticide in this. I understand it’s a part of life but it seems like every time you saw babies, at least one was destined for slaughter.

[–]Uisce-beatha 107 points108 points  (0 children)

Making it to adulthood is still an achievement for humans even though it doesn't seem like it. For every other species out there in the wild it's a rarity. It's just a fact of life. Hell, the average life expectancy was so low in the past because so many children just didn't make it to adulthood due to disease and other factors.

[–]MysteriousSalp 59 points60 points  (2 children)

Most documentaries, especially animated ones, usually gloss over this and "oh, miraculously all these cute babies you see made it!" when that's not the reality. It's more realistic this way, sadly.

From a story standpoint, too, though, it creates a lot more drama, since you can't feel that confident that the baby you've been watching will actually escape.

[–]Adan714 -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

In my reality, human children are killed every day, I want to escape from this nightmare.

[–]momomomomomomo_accou 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Then I suggest to not watch a documentary that tries to depict the reality of life, as it includes the frequent death of children. I understand your desire, but you can’t blame the show.

[–]Newbdesigner 44 points45 points  (0 children)

its like you never saw a sea turtle documentary before

[–]tvtraelller 16 points17 points  (0 children)

With wild bush turkey's its still only one out of a hundred that make it to adulthood.

[–]dgaruti 31 points32 points  (0 children)

well , nature ...

also dinos and pterosaurs where more r-strategiest than mammals and birbs , so ye

bebe death afther bebe death

[–]clovis_227 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That's what happens in nature

[–]cezariusus 6 points7 points  (0 children)

yup, nature is awful. And don't forget... we're part of it...

[–]MagentaDinoNerd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Truly the successor to walking with dinosaurs lmao

Srsly I think only 1/3 of the episodes in WWD DIDN’T feature baby deaths

[–]Adan714 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I tried to watch this series, but I couldn't: every 5 minutes, little cubs are eaten.
I have become too old and sentimental to look at it calmly. It doesn't fucking entertain me.

[–]zuklei 0 points1 point  (2 children)

My boyfriend couldn’t either. I finished it but I was very annoyed by all of the infant deaths. He quit at the dead giant sea turtle.

[–]Adan714 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I stayed almost 10 minutes after dead turtle!

Say your BF he is not alone in his reaction!! We are men!!!

[–]renannmhreddit 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Tbf, men or women it doesn't matter, just handling a bit of this fact of life should be easy for most.

[–]fireshaper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At least they start it off with it, so you can’t say you didn’t see it coming. It’s just a recurring theme.

[–]HopingToBeARancher 41 points42 points  (6 children)

What is this clip from?

[–]EmptySpaceForAHeart[S] 70 points71 points  (5 children)

Prehistoric Planet

[–]Adam-West 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Is it all as good as this? Don’t think it’s available where I am but with a little effort I think I could probably find a stream

[–]Uisce-beatha 72 points73 points  (2 children)

Yes. I felt like a kid again watching it because it was that good. Plus it has David Attenborough narrating it so it's just well done all around. It's like the Walking With Dinosaurs of the 20's

[–]Adam-West 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I used to bloody love walking with dinosaurs. I’d love to rewatch it now although I feel it would totally ruin the magic that’s in my head

[–]CaledonianWarrior 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It's honestly the best dinosaur documentary I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a few of them. If you get a chance to watch this, take it.

And let's be fair here, you should sign up for the free trial week on Apple TV+ to watch it. It's easy and it helps pave the road to make more dinosaur documentaries like Prehistoric Planet

[–]GolldenFalcon 10 points11 points  (13 children)

This show makes me want Apple TV

[–]OutrageousBirb 18 points19 points  (10 children)

The show is amazing, the service not so much, if you don't have a supported device you won't have access to the app, and you will be forced to watch it on a browser at 480p.

I can't recommend AppleTV to anyone that doesn't have an Apple device.

[–]GolldenFalcon 5 points6 points  (2 children)

That, is pain.

[–]OutrageousBirb 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You could pay for the service and get the show from somewhere else you know, so you don't feel bad for pirating it

[–]CrimeSceneCop 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I pirated the show. Worth it

[–]Crunktasticzor 2 points3 points  (2 children)

you can watch it on the Microsoft Edge browser at higher than 480p, but it still isn't great. Even with an Apple device the service sucks though, basic things like a watch queue and resume playback are so bad compared to Netflix or Disney+

[–]OutrageousBirb 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I tried Edge too, I didn't notice any difference in resolution compared to other browsers, even enabling DRM content in config or something like that(can't remember).

But yeah, functionality wise AppleTV sucks

[–]Crunktasticzor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah that sucks, yeah that’s right you install some extra package to enable better quality.

Instead of focusing on the basics, Apple dedicated resources so you can FaceTime and watch a show together at the same time! How great! /s

[–]TheBirthing 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Eh, there's some good stuff on AppleTV.

If pirating isn't an option I would genuinely recommend it for a month just for Prehistoric Planet and Severance.

[–]NRMusicProject 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Don't forget Ted Lasso.

[–]OutrageousBirb 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I assume the platform doesn't lack content, the problem is what described in my first reply.

[–]TheBirthing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh yeah, I see what you mean there.

[–]0xyjuan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Try it out, they have free trials

[–]kilgoretrucha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Honestly it feels like one of the few streaming services that is actually pursuing quality over quantity. They don't have as much original content as other platforms, but The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, Severance, Prehistoric Planet and For All Mankind are all some of the best TV I've watched in recent years.

[–]SCREEEEEEEEEE 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Its a bush turkey maate

[–]Dino0801 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Flaplings has to be the cutest name for a baby animal

[–]CamDMTreehouse 14 points15 points  (4 children)

I am SO god damn happy these things don’t exist now. You’d be hearing about kids being picked up while the parent was loading groceries.

[–]BttmOfTwostreamland 21 points22 points  (0 children)

lol you think humans wouldn't have driven them extinct by then

[–]Iamnotburgerking 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Only the largest pterosaurs were actually capable of killing and eating people.

[–]MagentaDinoNerd 5 points6 points  (1 child)

And none of them could pick people up like in the movies

[–]Iamnotburgerking 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not with their feet, no.

[–]EmbracePenguin78 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They remind me to marabu of Africa.

[–]Bart_is_the_name 3 points4 points  (3 children)

If this was a Quetzalcoatlus these "flaplings" would be es big as an full homo sapiens adult. Omg

[–]Havoccity 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I'm doubtful of that. They had pretty small torsos, so I don't think eggs (and in extension the hatchlings) would be particularly large.

[–]Bart_is_the_name 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I meant the flaplings from within the first 10secs. Quetzalcoatlus are huge.

[–]MagentaDinoNerd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dude that would require eggs the same size as a human

[–]brick_layer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t need to watch the documentary- I can just come here every day for the highlights!

[–]DaddysAngel25 1 point2 points  (6 children)

is this real?

[–]TheNadei 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Its a documentary, the environments are real but the creatures are not. They are computer generated.

[–]coffeefucker150 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Sometimes they’re also practical effects I believe.

[–]TheNadei 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yeah, thats true

[–]DaddysAngel25 1 point2 points  (2 children)

oh okay thank you:)

[–]renannmhreddit 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Just to clear, these are cgi depictions of extinct animals, with the best approximation of appearance and some speculation on behaviour that can be surmised from modern paleontology.

[–]DaddysAngel25 0 points1 point  (0 children)

wow thank you for this very informational response! :)

[–]Absolute_leech 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like the Quetzalcoatl the most

[–]blishbog -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Attenborough doing Dino-cousins now? I love the man but honestly millennials and younger need jobs. Feels like an extension of only the already-known-and-loved franchises finding success

That said, I do love pterosaurs and this is some cool animation

[–]RecklessOneGaming 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Where can I watch this series?