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Re: Paleoburrows

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Christ, what an asshole.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 1:05 PM
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"In these burrows, sometimes you get the feeling that there's some creature waiting around the next curve"

Laydeez.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 2:25 PM
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The diagram consisting of "Dig, rest, dig, rest, dig, rest" makes me think April Fool, but the publication date is wrong.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 2:27 PM
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I'm glad I don't have to interact with animals capable of digging those holes. They wouldn't need to be more than mildly irritated by you to cause significant injury.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 3:17 PM
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The article says people are wondering why the tunnels are so wide. The article also refers to Giant Sloths the size of elephants. Burrowing elephants would need wide tunnels. Also, burrowing elephants is a scary thought.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 3:29 PM
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Comforting.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 3:31 PM
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Giant Sloths the size of elephants

I now have Old Hundredth as an earworm.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 3:39 PM
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Some scientists think giant sloths were predators, which would make them a lot scarier than elephants.


Posted by: David the Unfogged Commenter | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 3:42 PM
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How fast would an elephant-sized sloth run? Move? Ooze?


Posted by: Heebie | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 3:42 PM
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I imagine about as fast as an elephant, which is about 15 mph. Faster than me. I think your best hope would be to zig zag and force sharp changes in direction. Or accept that the novelty of being eaten by a giant ground sloth is worth the horrible death.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 4:00 PM
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I'm assuming giant sloths are not at all slothful in the sense of the ones that make Kristen Bell cry. You'd think they'd have to be at least a little fast to be predators. Unless they only ate really slow things like turtles.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 4:03 PM
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I imagine about as fast as an elephant, which is about 15 mph.

I imagine about as fast as a sloth, which is about 2mph.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 4:27 PM
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Unless they only ate really slow things like turtles

Close: the theory is apparently that they may have flipped over glyptodonts (heavily armoured armadillos the size of a small car) and disembowelled them. How fast would a giant armadillo move?


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 4:35 PM
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We need to make animatronic models of the creatures involved to see how fast they are likely to have moved. Google is useless on how fast a glyptodont could run. I suppose we could simulate it but I'd much rather build life sized models and ride around on them.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 5:08 PM
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Would it still have a giant cute smile like little sloths do?


Posted by: Heebie | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 5:13 PM
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I bet a sloth-sized elephant would be faster than an elephant-sized sloth?


Posted by: Heebie | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 5:13 PM
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The resemblance is striking.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 5:22 PM
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hi labs!


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 5:25 PM
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Would it still have a giant cute smile like little sloths do?

Yes. As it ate you.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 5:33 PM
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It's obviously viral marketing for the next Godzilla movie.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 6:28 PM
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Now I'm angry at myself for having overestimated the land speed of a sloth. Its actually 1.2 mph, according to the google.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 7:46 PM
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The other 0.8 miles will arrive later.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 8:05 PM
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14: If we're choosing life-size animatronic Miocene creatures to ride on, I want a terror bird.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 8:25 PM
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Looks like the work of a badgermole.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 10:21 PM
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23: You realise that they probably ate cats? Take that, Margaret Atwood!


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 04- 3-17 11:04 PM
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25: because:
Margaret Atwood didn't think they ate cats?

Margaret Atwood likes cats?

Margaret Atwood eats cats and now she has a rival?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 1:38 AM
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8,9 reminds me of the very good "The Quest for Blank Claveringi" which I found and read on LB's recommendation.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 1:40 AM
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It's odd that sloth is the only one of the seven deadly sins to have an animal named after it.

OR SO I THOUGHT because apparently another name for the wolverine is "the glutton" which is what its scientific name, Gulo gulo translates as.

But I don't know any animal called (in Latin or English) the "wrath" or the "envy".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 2:59 AM
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Lions qualify, but only collectively.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:02 AM
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If we include aliens, there's Greedo.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:03 AM
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Speaking of, Logan is pretty good but dear God is it violent.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:04 AM
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29: oh, nice one.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:12 AM
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It sounds as though you ought to be able to have a fury of some sort of animal, but apparently not.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:14 AM
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Only a furry.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:30 AM
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A furry of perverts


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:38 AM
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You can have Furies, but only mythologically. (I wonder if I can persuade my brother to call his daughter Alecto. Nice name I think.)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:40 AM
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Giant fruit bats are Pteropus alecto. Though they aren't actually very furious at all.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:46 AM
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In compensation, there's a doubly lustful subspecies of black-striped capuchin classified as Cebus libidinosus libidinosus


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 3:55 AM
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Nice -- I was thinking something like that must exist, but didn't know what.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 4:02 AM
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29: Pride, too.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 4:09 AM
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Huh, weird brainfart. You meant pride, of course, but for some reason I was stuck on wrath. Weed is the most insidious of the noncardinal sins.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 4:12 AM
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Also, cardinal? There's not even Aleph-null of them!


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 4:14 AM
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38: I expect the other 6 are out there, but too few biologists are willing to do fieldwork among Franciscans.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 5:29 AM
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26:3 I thought that was the one thing everyone knew about her.

But she is also campaigning to get cats kept do they can't kill birds: indoors or out only on leashes.


Posted by: Nw | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 7:14 AM
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Why not just give the birds guns?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 7:20 AM
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Birds immigrate illegally like twice a year.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 04- 4-17 7:34 AM
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