Dinosaurs: A Blast From The Past

Dinosaurs are some of the greatest creatures that have ever roamed the surface of this Earth. Some of them standing at heights of over 80 feet, were large species that were diverse in nature. Some flew across the sky with their wings so large that it made a sunny day seem cold and dark. The Quetzalcoatlus is the largest avian dinosaur and stood at a height equal to a giraffe. When in the air, their wingspan was around 37 feet wide!

Quetzalcoatlus eating small dinosaurs. Image by By Mark Witton and Darren Naish — Witton MP, Naish D (2008)

Other fierce and more common dinosaurs included the Tyrannosaurus rex and Brachiosaurus altithorax. These two creatures were complete opposites of each other. One was a gentle giant while the other was a fast-moving predator. The Brachiosaurus is best known for its long neck, similar to a giraffe. These gentle giants were herbivores that would feed on plants in trees high in the sky. One of the funniest things about them is the structure of their body. They are in a family known for having small skulls. Their skull was around the size of a horse head yet, their body was the size of a building.

Fortunate for human survival, most of these beasts that roamed the Earth became extinct due to a cataclysmic event. The stories are true, an asteroid hit the Earth, somewhere around Mexico, and caused immediate death to millions of species nearby. This event even created an ash cloud so large that you would not see the light of day for weeks. Not all creatures died, however. Species such as the shark and alligator still live with us today and are some of the most feared creatures alive. Who knows what can still be alive from the pre-historic era?

Pigeons: The Birds Of The City

It has been a cold few days here in Philidelphia, but one of the locals never seem to think so. The Pigeon can be seen in all major cities around the United States. As they walk around, fearless of anything or anyone, they scavenge for anything to eat. They will find a hotdog that fell on the ground or bread someone is tossing for them. The Pigeon is closely related to the dove and are the only two families in the Columbiformes order. These avian birds have a stout body and short neck their short bills are indicative of their scavenging diet (fruits, seeds, plants, etc.)

Most of the time when someone mentions a pigeon they picture a grey or white bird. The truth is that pigeons can be a rainbow of colors including tangerine, orange, and even red. This color combination can be seen in most pigeons if looked at very closely. The most common color is a mixture of grey and white, however.

So, you may be asking where pigeons nest in such busy cities. Pigeons will make any place home if possible. This includes ledges of skyscrapers, nooks of buildings, and often below bridges or overhangs. So, the next time you are walking around the busy city look up and try to find a nest of one of the natives.

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