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Train Engine Size

The selection of rail gauge has only a little to do with the loads that are carried by the train, and more to do with factors such as budget, desired speed and the space available to build the track. ...
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Edible Dinosaur meat

Why was dinosaur meat toxic to modern humans? The claim that dinosaur meat would be toxic has to do with Cretaceous soil conditions. As the claim goes, at the time, there should have been higher ...
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Edible Dinosaur meat

We already eat dinosaur meat in large amounts, every time we eat chicken, turkey and other birds, as those birds are the more direct descendant of dinosaurs. In some places you can also enjoy ...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War?

I don't see why not. You're the author, and if you want utahraptor tamers to wade into the battlefield, you can just do that (nobody is going to stop you). There is a large historical precedent for ...
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Train Engine Size

Parallel Tracks History provides you answer with the Schwerer Gustav, an extremely large railway siege cannon used in WWII. As you can see, it runs along parallel tracks. The total width of the ...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War?

If you're dealing with prehistoric animals, the main thing that you're going to have to deal with is their natural instincts. For each different species of animal, you're going to have to consider ...
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If humans were able to domesticate Azhdarchidae, would humans be able to get them Jurrasic World size?

No Quetzalcoatlus is already close to several theoretical limits for flying animals. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13752-013-0118-y https://www.palass.org/careers/phd-opportunity/phd-...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War?

It doesn't sound that plausible to me. The cost of feeding such large animals would make the fodder supplies for horses look tiny. So they probably wouldn't be used in vast numbers like horses. They ...
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What is the best Foot shape for a Bidepal uprighting standing dinosaur?

When we're talking about a bipedal animal, body posture is largely irrelevant save that it means that the forelimbs do not take part in walking locomotion. The main issues with this creature are that ...
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Alternate Triassic dinosauriods

It could happen. We came from reptiles and before that from fish. Your mechanism for it happening is only a partial explanation though. These things take millions of happenstances to occur, but ...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War?

A major thesis in Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel is that the historical dominance of Eurasian empires over the rest of the world was predicated on almost all the world's large domesticable ...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War?

An increased palette of potential working-animals CGP Grey on why not all animals are domesticated As excellently explained by CGP Grey in this video, in order for animals to be domesticated, there ...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War?

There was a conspicuous absence of wolves, lions, or elephants in the US Civil War, despite the existence of these animals in the real world. What they used were horses, and mules, and oxen. Note also ...
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What would different groups of dinosaurs be called if they still lived with humans?

There really isn't a reason that all dinosaurs would all share the same naming convention. Flock, herd, pride, school, and pack all seem like they could be used to refer to different types of ...
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Alternate Triassic dinosauriods

Is this too much of a stretch? Yes. First reason: taking up to the tree to avoid the massive crocs roaming the ground is just one possible solution to the environmental pressure. Having all the ...
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How large and tall can a bipedal, upright standing, mostly herbivorous therapod get?

It can be as large and tall as it's food supply, predator avoidance/combat and environment support. With height, it's pointless to be higher than necessary. Because normally your water supply is ...
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What is the best Foot shape for a Bidepal uprighting standing dinosaur?

Here's something to think about: The T-Rex, one of the largest bipedal dinosaurs, was digitigrade. All bipedal dinosaurs were digitigrade, actually, because their large tails acted as counterweights, ...
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How could an ecosystem remain stable for millions of years?

Fairly easily actually, so long as you are just looking for modern dinosaurs that look and act relatively like cretaceous dinosaurs, and not a literal cessation to the mechanisms of evolution. Modern ...
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