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Most Overrated and Underrated Animals
A question I’ve had about Spinosaurids for a while, if the Spinosaurus is now widely regarded to be quadrupedal, can it be assumed that other members of the family (baryonyx, suchomimus) were quadrupedal as well? Any evidence to say they weren’t?
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Last I checked it’s no longer considered quadrupedal because it’s wrists wouldn’t allow for it.
Something about how “They could hold but not dribble a basketball”.
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Spinosaurus is from a different part of the spinosauride family there is the Baryonix side that has Baryonix and Suchomimus and animals simular to them that was less aquatic as you can see from there body structure and then there was the side that Spinosaurus is from that has Siglmasssaurus oxalaia and Spinosaurus that have more adaptations for life in or around the water such as there reduced back legs. Studies have shown that the skull of Spinosaurs was poorly adapted to lateral bending so large struggling prey such as dinosaurs would not have been great for Spinosaurus. I'm not saying it could not kill dinosaurs but it epuld not have been its prime focus.

(12-19-2018, 03:42 AM)ScottishWildcat Wrote: A question I’ve had about Spinosaurids for a while, if the Spinosaurus is now widely regarded to be quadrupedal, can it be assumed that other members of the family (baryonyx, suchomimus) were quadrupedal as well? Any evidence to say they weren’t?

Mr Nizar Ibrahim is still studying Spinosaurus and soon will be releasing more information with regarding how Spinosaurs moved on land we just need to see what he releases. Right now it's thought that Spinosaurs was bipedal but short legged.
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Another animal that is probably underrated is the sun bear. Because of their small size they are often underestimated, but they have very impressive physical traits and are very ferocious.
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(12-19-2018, 03:42 AM)ScottishWildcat Wrote: A question I’ve had about Spinosaurids for a while, if the Spinosaurus is now widely regarded to be quadrupedal, can it be assumed that other members of the family (baryonyx, suchomimus) were quadrupedal as well? Any evidence to say they weren’t?

No, because they have post cranial evidence showing that these spinosaurids perhaps weren't as short legged, and as specialized.

Here is a good skeletal reconstruction from Deviant art member Franoys, showing this in Suchomimus.
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I believe the cetaceans are among the most underrated animals especially dolphins.
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Alligators are so underrated while crocodiles are insanely overhyped
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Underrated- Black Bears- They are intelligent generalists 



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I think gorillas don’t get enough credit. Thy’re the most robust and powerfully built of the great apes, and can throw fists like a human. But aside from their strength, what really impresses me more is their surprising agility. Srsly, go watch a gorilla fight and see two four hundred pound apes jumping around more athletically than can be seen in most human fights.
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(02-25-2019, 10:33 AM)Fair Whisper Wrote: I think gorillas don’t get enough credit. Thy’re the most robust and powerfully built of the great apes, and can throw fists like a human. But aside from their strength, what really impresses me more is their surprising agility. Srsly, go watch a gorilla fight and see two four hundred pound apes jumping around more athletically than can be seen in most human fights.

I'd say they're both underrated (in a way) and overrated. Underrated because people think 45 kg Leopards would slaughter them and overrated because people think they can lift 2 tons, rip apart the jaws of a crocodile, and karate chop their foes to death (I'm looking at you, Animal Face Off). Truth is, Gorillas, at most, could deadlift 1800 lbs and that's being generous. And they don't punch like boxers. They swing their arms wildly. However, Gorillas are formidable animals.
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The Leopard is underrated. Not in combat skills, but rather hunting feats.

Many people in various forums and youtube videos actually underestimate their abilities:

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Quote:Cougars are known to take elk and big horn sheep as prey

 Cougars are known to prey on mustangs while leopards generally avoid prey the size of zebras.

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/animalsv...t3893.html



Quote: Wrote:That eland storry is very old, and I doubt it ever happed, many of those old storries are Often very spectacular and like The storries of dholes killing a male tiger aswell, just dosen't make sence to me! Leopard can probably drag a little over his own weight Nothing more! Also to me a a leopard killing an adult zebra does sound extreame! Zebras are no joke! And aswell as I have never seen a leopard attacking a adult zebra, just young once, and some pictures of a leopard eating an adult zebra as he may aswell can have scavanged. 

A single cougar vs a leopard my money is aswell on The leopard, but I don't think a leopard will take down as large prey as a cougar! 

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Spinosauridae is quite underrated imo. Yes, they are not quite as powerfully built as other Theropods of their weight class but in the end of the day, they are still gigantic, rhino-sized, even elephant-sized carnivores. For comparison, even the biggest and most powerful terrestrial mammalian carnivores such as Arctodus simus only weigh a mere 1000 kg while the 'weak, fish-eating' Spinosaurus weighs up to 7000 kg. Also, while later, more derived Spinosauridae such Spinosaurus are indeed fish-eating specialists, earlier Spinosauridae such Baryonyx and Suchomimus are actually more of generalists. Biomechanical tests of their skulls show that their skulls are actually stronger than those of modern day piscivorous crocodilians like Slender snouted crocs or Gharial. In fact, their skulls are actually not weaker than those of similar-sized Carnosaur. Earlier Spinosauridae should be capable of taking on various small games and not just eating fish exclusively
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Sea gooseberries are the most underrated invertebrates.
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With exception of great whites and megalodon, sharks are actually very underrated species like Bulls, Hammerheads and Tigers are capable of many impressive feats. Change my mind.
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