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Recreating Dinosaurs ( or at least doppelgangers)

In theory organisms derived fron birds through genetic engineering could resemble theropod dinosaurs. So ny question is what animals would serve as the basis for the other two groups of dinosaurs (...
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Consequences of a creature with exposed musculature

In the video game Dino Crisis 3, a recurring boss that the player fights called the Australis (a bio-engineered human-Tyrannosaurus Rex hybrid) that has skin exposing the muscles of its body. An in-...
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Will the Dinosaur Empire Still Stand Strong If Chicxulub Hit Earth at the End of the Jurassic?

66 million years ago, the dinosaur empire was in its death throes when its final nail in the coffin came hurtling down from the sky. A clump of rock the size of Mount Everest smashed into the Gulf of ...
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What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man who can transform different parts of his body into different parts of reptiles?

Laws that must not be broken and/or worked around: Conservation of energy Conservation of mass Square cube law Thermodynamics No FTL Essentially, I'm trying to make a character with similar abilities ...
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How big could dinosaurs get with super strength and durability?

On this parallel earth all vertebrates received the ability to efficiently produce super strong materials from readily available minerals/nutrients in the mid Triassic. The specifics of these ...
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Dinosaurian Gamma Diversity

Gamma diversity is defined as the entire species diversity of a landscape or region. Assuming we have a region of 100 square miles of temperate deciduous forest inhabited by cretaceous fauna. How many ...
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Could dinosaurs have been discovered during the age of discovery? [closed]

Could dinosaurs have been discovered on the Americas during the age of discovery? Some things to take into account: Assume they survived their extinction event Assume they could survive on the ...
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Would a US marine teleported in the Cretaceous be able to survive a T-rex attack [closed]

A US marine fighting in the Middle East inadvertently falls in a hole that happens to be a time portal and is teleported in the Cretaceous era, 70 million years in the past. Our Marine is equipped ...
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How could a plague that killed off the dinosaurs come back?

In my story, something pretty insane happens during the 3rd season. The common conception was that an asteroid strike contributed to the extinction to dinosaurs, but unbeknownst to all it was not a ...
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How feasible is a man-portable firearm capable of incapacitating a large dinosaur with twentieth-century technology?

In the movie Jurassic World there is a scene where a specialised military response team engages the Indominus Rex, a genetically modified dinosaur said to be of comparable size to Tyrannosaurus Rex. ...
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What can power up an eco friendly Dino theme park?

My company has just taken over the North Sentinel Island to setup a Dino attraction, construction phase is in progress and we also managed to convince the local to move and settle somewhere else (by ...
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Would using thick glass wall be better than electric fence for my dino theme park?

My company has perfected its gene modifying technique.We can create life-sized hybrids of dinosaurs, with the exact appetite and behaviour as the original species (at least according to our advice ...
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How much land to keep a sauropod in captivity?

How large of an area in acres would a large sauropod (Apatosaurus) need to maintain itself while also not eating all of the vegetation within the area. So basically how large of a forested area would ...
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Is it possible to film the meteorite impact that led to dinosaurs extinction? [closed]

A time traveler reporter team wants to film the meteorite impact that led to the extinction of dinosaurs. They are thinking to teleport somewhere on Earth surface 30 minutes before the impact and to ...
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Are the petroleum deposits correlated to the dinosaurs extintion?

I am designing an alternate world where the meteorite that caused the massive dinosaurs extinction never hit Earth. I am stuck in one point: If the massive deaths of the dinosaurs worldwide never ...
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Viability of Scansoriopterygid wyverns

Scansoriopterygidae was a family of theropod dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic, the most well-known member of which was Yi Qi. They are thought to have been arboreal insectivores, and ...
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Can a character raise a T-Rex from an egg and have it be tame?

So I'm writing a book series called The Weasel Sagas (link here if you want to know more about that). Anyway, there's this character named Santa Muerte (her birth name is Beth but that's a story for ...
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Strategy to capture a TRex alive?

For context : A squad hunters has been assigned to capture a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the grand opening of a new amazing zoo. They will be sent to a location in Montana 66 million years ago using a time ...
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Is there any species of raptor that lived in areas with snow? [closed]

I'm writing a fictional story in wich scientists invent a time machine and they send a crew of people back to the past to test their invention. The crew goes inside, activates the time machine and end ...
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Could a tribalistic society domesticate dinosaurs?

I'm working on a fictional plot, here's how it goes: A group of scientists go to explore an island that has recently been discovered. Once they get to the island they find dinosaurs. Yeah, dinosaurs ...
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Which dinosaur would have the highest chance of survival in modern times?

As a follow up question to Could dinosaurs survive in today's environment? I was wondering which dinosaur would have the highest chance of survival if it was brought back to life today and left ...
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Using dinosaurs as a mount

In a world where human and dinosaur co-exist, would it be a good idea to use dinosaur as a mount ? More specific questions : Is a dinosaur smart and docile enough to be ride ? Which species of ...
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If humans descended from raptors rather than apes [closed]

In my scifi novel, all intelligent life eventually reaches what we might consider a humanoid form. Likewise, life on other worlds generally follows a semi-parallel evolutionary path, meaning that life ...
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Human Evolution if Dinosaurs never died off

Assuming there were no extinction level threats to the dinosaurs, and they never fully died off (and survived the following ice ages), how would this affect the evolution and technology use of humans ...
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How would a Bronze Age tribe arm themselves vs. dinosaurs?

In this world, a Bronze Age tribe hunts and is hunted by multiple species of large dinosaur. What bronze age weaponry would be utilized by these people for the purposes of combating these beasts, ...
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Reality Check: Megafauna and Dinosaurs

Could a planet support both large mammalian megafauna and non-avian dinosaurs at the same time? My worry is that bigger mammals have progressively more trouble with dissipating body heat, whereas ...
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What dinosaurs could be domesticated?

I have heard that in order to be domesticatable, the animal has to satisfy the 4 F's: Friendly Fecund Feedable Family-oriented Okay so let's narrow this down. All dinosaurs would fall under Fecund ...
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Could humans survive with dinosaurs?

So I'm still wondering if humans could survive with dinosaurs. There are some big problems I see. Here they are: Food Production This isn't so much a problem with planting and the plants growing as ...
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Are there any recipes involving dinosaurs I could try? [closed]

I know, I know, I love dinosaurs, but I have been curious of what the ancient chicken ancestors tasted like. are there any recipes I could try, and what ingredients would I need?
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How many zombie dinosaurs are there? [closed]

In my world, a combination of silly magic and technology have made all dinosaur/prehistoric animal remains come back to life. I'm assuming that this magic somehow makes the bones and other remains ...
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A ribcage capable of surviving the bite of a Tyrannosaurus Rex

What existing material (e.g. 410 steel, no unobtanium) and what thickness should the ribcage of a creature (of humanoid size and shape, let's say it's a genetically-engineered human) have, to survive ...
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Where to Keep Your Dinosaur?

Let's say I'm a secretive organization who's recently come into possession of two individuals of the genus, Giraffatitan (a sauropod similar to the more famous Brachiosaurus for those unfamiliar with ...
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Are there any reasons why a dinosaurian creature wouldn't be able to have a thoracic hump?

I recently asked a question regarding whether or not a fictional theropod dinosaur-like creature I created could feasibly raise and lower its head which sported a number of large horns. I received ...
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A pack of velociraptors in a modern ecosystem, that would be pretty horrible, right?

So there's been some industrial espionage committed against T-Rex Forever LLC. The method for how they acquired their T-Rexes has been stolen. Terrible Lizards Inc has acquired a mated pair of ...
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Could I use CRISPR on T-Rex so that it will ignore human being on the street?

Suppose T-Rex And Ever, a sister company of T-Rex Forever LLC tries to use advanced CRISPR technology to engineer a hybrid T-Rex so that it is still as aggressive as ever but will not be interested in ...
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Releasing a T-Rex into a modern ecosystem wouldn't be that bad, right?

T-Rex Forever LLC has a mating pair of Tyrannosaurus rex. They're a bit shady on how they got them, time travel, cloning...they won't say. Third-party biologists and paleontologists have examined ...
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Would my horned theropod dinosaur- like creature be able to lift his head and/ or balance?

I'm in the process of designing a creature loosely resembling a theropod dinosaur that sports a number of horns/tusks on its head and face, and I'm wondering if anyone can help me evaluate its ...
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Could a Dinosaur make tools with only three fingers?

I've become interested in different kinds of dinosaurs lately, and have also been on a creature design kick. Let's talk about Troodons. Troodons were a type of theropod dinosaur with unusually large ...
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Would a squad of soldiers who can shapeshift into T. Rexes be useful in a modern battle?

Take a country in the modern day, like the U.S., which routinely makes use of weapons such as guns, artillery, drones, tanks, et cetera. Now imagine that everyone in one of its elite squads of ...
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How would humans deal with living in an environment with dinosaurs? [closed]

How would cultures adapt to having to deal with large predatory dinosaurs being a part of their ecosystem? Specifically, cultures that are less technologically i.e. without metal.
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Would we be able to determine if dinosaurs developed intelligence and wiped themselves out? [duplicate]

If a species of dinosaur were to have evolved intelligence and tool use, and had managed to get from there to technology that could wipe out all dinosaurs within 50000 years, would there be any ...
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How would a four or five winged creature, such as a microraptor, fly?

Microraptors are cretaceous-period dinosaurs with feathered wings on both their forelimbs and back-limbs. Despite this, they are not considered 'true flyers' as it is believed they used their five '...
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How strong are these dinosaurs?

This question asks about how long a sub can survive, but the content is about how long the crews can survive. The answers given there suggest that the greatest problem is food. Since the food supply ...
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Would dragons be less popular if their skeletons were as frequent as skeletons of dinosaurs?

Dragons are kind of a cult. They are very popular in movies, books and stories in general. It feels that the dragons are only a better dinosaur. So I wonder, would finding their skeletons affect ...
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How to “milk” a Rex? [closed]

Continue from https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/59315/how-to-defend-a-phone-booth-against-horde-of-zombified-carnivorous-dinosaurs. (This question concludes the time traveling phone ...
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How to search and rescue missing person in the late Cretaceous? [closed]

Continue from How to tour Cretaceous Period on economic class?. Say one of my VVIP client got trapped alone in the late Cretaceous Period, and his family wish to recover him alive in one piece. I ...
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How to hatch and raise a healthy T-Rex's cousin today?

Suppose a client managed to steal an egg from a Gorgosaurus (related to T-Rex) nest through some daring tactics and luck in the late Cretaceous Period using an unique phone booth which is actually a ...
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How to tour Cretaceous Period on economic class?

Supposedly I found a phone booth that can transport user 65 millions years into the past (location fixed at Chixulub just 30 minutes before the announcement of the arrival of the impactor. Points to ...
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What would have to happen in order to have both humans and dinosaur-like creatures on the same planet?

I've wanted my fantasy world to be as realistic and science-based as possible (aside from magic), but I also want there to be dinosaurs or creatures that are very similar to dinosaurs. So what would ...
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The Next Dinosaur Titans

This is a skeleton of a titanosaur, not quite the longest of the dinosaurs, but most certainly the heaviest! As far as we have found, we'd found no species exceeding 75 tons. This post focuses on a ...