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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2021 8:50 p.m. PST


"Crocodiles today look very similar to ones from the Jurassic period some 200 million years ago. There are also very few species alive today -- just 25. Other animals such as lizards and birds have achieved a diversity of many thousands of species in the same amount of time or less.

Prehistory also saw types of crocodile we don't see today, including giants as big as dinosaurs, plant-eaters, fast runners and serpentine forms that lived in the sea…"
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Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2021 9:39 p.m. PST

Here's an interesting quote: "In particular, this new research suggests that their evolution speeds up when the climate is warmer, and that their body size increases." So, since the planet has been warming, can we posit a new, larger type of crocodile for use in our SF games?


Redcurrant30 Jan 2021 3:34 a.m. PST

'It seems the crocodiles arrived at a body plan that was very efficient and versatile enough that they didn't need to change it in order to survive.'

This seems like a classic case of 'if it aint bust dont fix it'

Personally I avoid things that think they are further up the food chain than I am, because they are usually right. Nature/evolution has designed them that way.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 12:02 p.m. PST



Striker30 Jan 2021 4:07 p.m. PST

We all know crocodiles are resistant to change and would rather not do something than have to adapt. The sounds they make has been discovered to be:

"Getssssssss of my lawn"

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 7:37 p.m. PST

Striker – So true. That's why, as long as you stay away, say a decent 15M plus, from the rivers edge, you're not on their lawn and generally they'll leave you pesky kids alone.

And then the grandkids come along…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2021 4:51 p.m. PST

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

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