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Could cavemen domesticate the Tyrannosaurus Rex?

In pop culture, there are ideas that paleolithic humans and dinosaurs lived together. The Flintstones is the most famous example of this idea. This obviously wasn't the case in reality, but what if by ...
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Could intelligent parasaurolophuses form a primarily sound-based language?

I was thinking about how parasaurolophuses could make sounds using their cranial crests. Then I thought that if they were intelligent enough, maybe they could create a spoken (honked? bellowed?) ...
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Anesthesia dose for adult male T-Rex

This question is a follow up on How to do dental surgery on a T-Rex tooth? I need to give an adult male T-Rex dental surgery and I don't want to risk any unexpected jaw movements while I climb inside ...
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Is it plausible for only living animals to be valid candidates for cloning?

So in my seting an alternate universe that's 67 million years "behind" ours, T. rex is on the brink of extinction early, with only 1 member left due to extreme overhunting by universe ...
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How to do dental surgery on a T-Rex tooth?

In my world, Dinohumania, dinosaurs and humans coexist. There are ways humans benefit from and utilize dinosaurs, mainly for industrial/laboral activities and heavy tasks. Humans try to maintain a ...
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If a species keeps growing throughout their 200-300 year life, what "growth curve" would be most reasonable/realistic?

In my fantasy world, I have the suchians, a race of reptilian humanoids that live for 200-300 years and keep growing throughout their lives. I am wondering what a reasonable "growth curve" ...
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How much territory would a 200-450 kilogram solitary Carnivorous Dinosaur need to survive in a jungle, forest, woodland or similar environment?

I’ll give you all some context here. In, the story that I’m writing, two characters are investigating a scientist who is responsible for unethical practices or is not properly following known ...
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What would be the best way to kill an Albertosaurus with only stone age weapons?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertosaurus Going to have my male human protagonist kill an Albertosaurus with stone age weapons. However as this is in self defense I was just curious to know how ...
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What is the largest animal that a person could kill with stone age weaponry 66 MYA? What is the biggest one they can kill in self defense?

So basically two people are transported back in time to 66 MYA ago with just their clothes on their back, a month of rations and the time machine that sent them back. They're going to spend the next ...
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Would Dinosaurs be too stupid to persist in a modern world?

In the Jurassic Park movies dinosaurs are portrayed as super predators, but how would they realistically do in our modern world if cloned? The 65 million years of evolution that separates us might not ...
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What would be the best time period, in the age of the dinosaurs to send two people back to for maximum survival?

I'll give you a bit of context and understanding. What's happened is that two people are investigating a scientist who was believed to be involved in suspicious practices and they end up discovering ...
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How could I calculate the necessary power to kill a fictional beast?

Say we have a pterodactyl-wyvern or a huge dragon-anaconda, maybe something like a t-rex, or a sand-crocodile, or a slime--- you get the idea. Assuming one wanted to make a fictional manual with ...
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Defending against dinosaurs with an automatic shotgun that fires miniaturized anti-tank munitions

Like any reasonable billionaire, I want to breed dinosaurs on my private island - big ones. Like, T-Rex big. Of course, one needs a well-armed security force to guard such an endeavor, lest the ...
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Could non-avian dinosaurs survive if introduced into modern world? [duplicate]

Lets say Jurassic park somehow came to existence and someone cloned dinosaurs genetically identical to ones of the past and tried to keep them in a zoo. Could the dinosaurs survive as is? I'm ...
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How to estimate size of ketamin dose to sedate a T. rex.?

To mark the anniversary of our company we have decided to introduce to our VIP guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to get intimate with the dinosaurs, we will put the animal to sleep so the guests ...
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What can we eat in the late Cretaceous?

Suppose there is a team of explorers sent back in time 66 million years ago somewhere before the K-T event took place, the mission is to spend no more than 3 months to retrieve a blood sample from a ...
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Feasibility of this population of surviving dinosaurs

We assume the following for this scenario: There is a kind of surviving non-avian dinosaur. They live primarily in Congo Basin. They evolved from a smaller, omnivorous kind. They fill multiple niches ...
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Shantungosaurus chase, mad max style

I have a scene where there's a Shantungosaurus chase in Mad Max style, except there's no such thing as motor technology and the closest thing to guns are portable repeating polybolos (scoprion ...
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How to weaponize the dinosaurs [closed]

If we had the ability to recreate dinosaurs; what technology would be required to overcome the hurdles of using them in modern combat? The things that came to my mind was cryogenic storage to reduce ...
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Why didn't the military give T-rex clones a bigger more powerful arms?

In the near future we have the technology to clone prehistoric animals. Although it will not be the same as the original, certainly we can make a meaner version of it. Especially when it comes to ...
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How big animals could survive on an island the size of Madagascar

I've been making a story about an lost world island, roughly the size of Madagascar, (593.40 km²). I have currently estimated that I could have herbivorous animals up to 3 tons in weight (sauropods) , ...
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is it possible in a given world to ride a triceratops and so how would it work?

I've been thinking about this world that's been in my mind and one of the things in it are drake knights which are warriors who raised and ride domesticate breed of triceratops like the war elephants ...
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A plausible scientific explanation for Late Cretaceous dinosaurs DNA to be preserved, and viable enough to be cloned (or closest recreation)

Worldbuilding, thank you for your time. I came to this site to ask a few questions and get advice, if possible, on a project I'm working on. I have always been a fan Turok, Dino Crissis, Cage of Eden, ...
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How Would A Velociraptor Wear Clothes?

Technically the name of this question is a bit of a misnomer, as I'm not talking about just Velociraptor mongoliensis, but any dromaeosaur (or dromaeosaur-shaped creature I suppose). How would, ...
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Why a dromaeosaurid would evolve to lose its legs? (to become an Quetzalcoatl/Amphithere)

An amphithere is a dragon from some European mythologies is described as a feathered snake, long body and wings with feathers, so basically can be stretchily compared with some Quetzalcoatl ...
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Effect of Modern Firearms on Dinosaurs

Man vs Dinosaur. It is a relatively common trope in various Sci fi settings, most famously done in Jurassic Park. These depictions have always fascinated me. I have always been bothered, however, by ...
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How long should an egg-laying species of human size and intelligence gestate and incubate its eggs?

In my fantasy world I have a species of reptilian humanoids. Their body mass, lifespan and overall intelligence is about the same as humans. This probably means similarly sized brains. They are NOT ...
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Trying to make cavemen and dinosaur battle [closed]

I'm trying to make a world with dinosaurs but with cavemen to fight them. Which prehistoric weapons or ways to hunt are capable to slay the beast, like T-Rex The most complete specimen measures up to ...
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If the Roman Empire in the Year 90 AD Found a Living Tyrannosaurus Rex, What Creature in Their Mythology Would They Most Likely Mistake It For?

I'm writing a story where a group of mischievous aliens teleport iconic creatures to inappropriate time periods. (Dimetrodons in colonial Germany, Pterodactyls in the medieval Ottoman Empire, ...
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Quadrupedal super predators [closed]

Could a quadrupedal carnivore reach similar sizes to that of large theropods. I know crocodilians technically count, but they're very low to the ground and have sprawled out limbs, so could a ...
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A SWAT van with Raptors attacking it? [closed]

I want to know if a SWAT Lenco BearCat van that got teleported to a different world where a group of a few dozen raptors starts attacking the van. Would the van be able to survive about eight hours ...
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How could exist and how be the lifestyle of a living raft biome?

Raft biome consists of a trunk or a group of plants that float in the sea and cant transports little animals like reptiles, birds, bugs or rodents, with this method many species can travel large ...
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What are the limits of leathery wings?

I want to experiment with alternate realities where pterosaurs continued to evolve or where Ambopteryx was more of a success, but there's a problem. What can't leathery wings do? Are they waterproof? ...
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If dinosaurs had a civilization, how primitive must it have been to leave no trace in the present?

I am thinking of, yes, a simple story with intelligent dinosaurs, but I am not interested (And I sincerely prefer) that they are not sufficiently advanced in my history to be comparable to modern ...
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Would it be possible to mount a working minigun onto the saddle of a tyrannosaurid dinosaur?

My modern setting has these humanoids called the Degenerates whose culture draws inspiration from those of Indo-Iranian steppe nomads like the Scythians, Sarmatians and Parthians who fight as mounted ...
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What if stegasaurs continued to evolve? [closed]

I know it's unlikely due to ankylosaurs being so successful, but this is an avenue of speculative evolution not yet explored. So let's say that the KT extinction didn't occur and Cretaceous stegosaurs ...
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Could a stegosaur-like creature become bipedal?

We think stegosaurs could go on their hind legs to get at treetops. Could something like this evolve into a biped? In addition, can you think of other scenarios for bipeds to evolve?
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Hypothetical selective breeding scenario question two?

Could one using selective breeding and artificial induced selective pressures breed a tree climbing Anole lizard to become something that resembles a gliding pterosaur from the Mid Triassic or early ...
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What would mammalian dinosaurs look like? [closed]

Here's a crazy idea: What if there were mammals that were designed similarly to dinosaurs? Similar proportions, similar accessories, maybe even similar size... I was thinking of species to add to my ...
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Human vs Dinosaur conflict in post apocalyptic world [closed]

500 years post apocalypse, human society is based on small settlements surrounded by electric fences. This is because, during this time dinosaurs have returned to roam the earth. These dinosaurs are ...
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Triceratops cart load

I'm designing a world where people and dinosaurs exist at the same time. I'm making it realistic (in the sense that it is more like Jurassic Park and not like The Flintstones). Supposing you could ...
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How CAN a Wyvern be a Scansoriopterygid Dinosaur?

It's become a popular speculative evolution trope for the likeliest candidate of the mythological "wyvern" to be a Cenozoic family--if not superfamily--of scansoriopterygid dinosaur. Now the first ...
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How Would Victorian-Era Firearms Fare Against Dinosaurs?

In a world that takes place during the Victorian era (1837-1901), how effective would period-accurate firearms be against something similar to a dinosaur? As a brief aside, I will accept weaponry from ...
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How to trap and kill a T-Rex-like creature?

The story: in a fantasy iron age world, a T-Rex-like animal (actually more like the size of allosaurus) has emerged from the forest and started killing people. The animal always retreats to the forest ...
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How to prove that “dragons“ spit fire?

Let's imagine there actually were dragons (dinosaurs) that spit fire. How could that be actually proven if you've lived in a day and age like today, where these kinds of creatures are actually ...
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Why dwarf designer dinosaurs? [closed]

Set in the mediate future new gene splicing is the new game in the market, we took over an island in the pacific ocean and set up a a natural habitat for the dinosaurs free of any kind of human ...
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How could a medieval melee weapon slice through ankylosaurus?

Set in the early 14th century A. D. the sudden appearance of dinosaurs wrecked havoc on the world, no one know why but everybody raced to come up with powerful theories except for a particular group ...
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How could pirates reasonably transport dinosaurs in captivity, some of them enormous, across oceans?

In my novel, there is money to made in the capturing and selling of 'exotic' animals from a distant, jungle-covered continent, though for various reasons (notably that it is illegal under Roman rule) ...
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Plausibility of Star Trek's Voth

In Star Trek Voyager, the Voth are an intelligent, humanoid species of descendants of dinosaurs (hadrosaurs). Paleontologists estimate, that up around 99% of species, that ever lived, died out. ...
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Could dinosaurs breathe modern air?

During much of the Cretaceous period, oxygen levels were substantially higher than they are currently, with estimates indicating that around 30% of the atmosphere consisted of oxygen. Obviously, this ...
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