03 January 2017

Video of the day -- gone but not forgotten

4 Comments:

Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for posting the video, I never seen it, and loved it, real nice work!

03 January, 2017 08:12  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

What is interesting to me if I can add ... is I alwayz wondered, being how everything was so strongly focused on predator vs. prey for millions of years we know of (and still is to a degree for survival) ... I wondered if there was compassion as well in some of these ancient creatures, I assume there was, and not just all "kill or be killed", looking at how we are kind of instinctually compassionate to some extent (some more than others), and not just humans, but other apes, dogs, cats, and mammals across the board ... I just feel that the roots of compassion are also very ancient/ prehistoric.

03 January, 2017 09:17  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

That's an impressive roster of scary prehistoric animals. I was pleased to see the infamous eurypterid photo in the video.

03 January, 2017 12:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: Compassion is certainly ancient, but probably not that ancient. It requires empathy, which is actually a very complex and sophisticated brain function. I really doubt that any animals other than mammals and maybe some very smart bird species have it. Also, even among intelligent animals (and even some primitive human societies), compassion is pretty much limited to members of one's own social group. The exception is animals which have evolved under conditions where they share common social groups with members of another species (as dogs have done, with humans), but that's rare.

Pinku: I noticed that too, especially since the giant scorpions he's talking about were not eurypterids (some eurypterids grew even bigger than that, and they didn't have stings). Excessive hugeness seems to be something that evolution "tries" again and again.

03 January, 2017 18:38  

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