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Brad Miller Prof. Joseph Skulan Geology 333 – The Age of Dinosaurs 5 November, 2005 1. I awaken on the island where I shipwrecked, and I notice that things aren’t the same as they were when I was knocked out ten million years ago. The first thing I notice is hundreds of flying animals that look similar to my pet hedgehog. Their outer features are almost identical, however, their heads seem to be much larger than my pet. I become curious and I sneak up and grab one that is resting on a boulder. Upon closer inspection, I realize that the head and eyes are larger than my hedgehog. I assume that these animals of flight need better vision and a larger brain, which helps take in more information and therefore helps its vision. Its wings are much like a bat’s; their fingers are much longer than the original hedgehog and the skin is stretched along them to form a wing. I lift it and realize that it is much lighter than my original pet. I also assume that this is another adaptation for flight, since animals need to reduce their body mass to a minimum in order to fly, meaning that its bones are probably hollow. I also notice a fluttering sensation in its chest – its rapidly beating heart – another adaptation for flight. I hypothesize that the hedgehogs took to the skies so that they would have more opportunity to find their food, which consists of insects, many of which have the ability to fly. My curiosity fulfilled, I let the critter, which I call “Delta”, go. As I wander around the island, I notice animals very similar to the deltas. They sport long fingers, but there is no skin stretched around them. Their heads are also large like the deltas. Because of these similarities, I presume that they, which I call “lambda”, are the missing link between my pet and the deltas. I continue to explore when I come across a giant footprint. Intrigued by this, I follow its path. It leads me to a giant turtle, which I decide to call “beta”, wandering through a clearing in the forest. Its size is enormous; it is about the size of a small house.
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Brad Miller Prof. Joseph Skulan Geology 333 – The Age of Dinosaurs 5 November, 2005 Because of their size, they seem to have evolved a graviportal skeleton. Their bones are thicker and are arranged close to vertically to support the weight of the turtle. I see a large group of them through the clearing, and it seems that they eat only the leaves off of trees. Their gigantic size gives them an advantage in eating the leaves off of plants that grow high off the ground. I wonder why they only seem to eat leaves, as my pet turtle ate almost anything that I put in front of it when I arrived on the island, including leaves, worms, and insects. I think for a while, and I conclude that, as the hedgehogs evolved into deltas, they had the opportunity to eat insects not only on the ground, but also in the air. This fierce competition for food proved to be too much for the turtles, and they adapted their diet to include only plants. This may be why they evolved into giants; it
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