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Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by La Striata » Tue May 12, 2015 1:02 am

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- Hyenas are part of the dog family.

- Modern big cats are descendants of sabre-toothed cats.

- Crocodiles are more closely related to lizards than they are to birds.

- Lipleurodon, Mosasaurus and Plesiosaurus (basically all prehistoric marine reptiles) were dinosaurs.
I cannot see that wolves are in any way nobler in character than hyenas- Frederick Selous

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by alethe » Tue May 12, 2015 5:28 am

- Dogs evolved from wolves-they share a common ancestor.

- Predators like cats and dogs can live off an all vegan diet

- Animals that have been kept in captivity are inherently tame


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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by Sambhur » Tue May 12, 2015 5:43 am

- Spotted hyenas are low-life scavengers that don't hunt any of their meals

Gotta stick up for hyenas so often. ):
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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by La Striata » Tue May 12, 2015 8:11 am

- Dogs evolved from wolves-they share a common ancestor.
That's news to me as a misconception... :?

- Ethiopian wolves, apart from domestic dogs, are the closest relatives of grey wolves.

- Chimps are genetically closer to gorillas than to humans.

- Komodo dragons are descendants of dinosaurs.

- The term "fish" is scientifically valid.
I cannot see that wolves are in any way nobler in character than hyenas- Frederick Selous

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by alethe » Tue May 12, 2015 3:34 pm

If dogs evolved from wolves, there wouldn't be any wolves left, I think. Both species diverged from one another, so they both would have evolved over the time they were apart. I'll try to find a source for the matter, but I recall reading somewhere that they didn't evolve from wolves.

- wild predatory animals (in general) will attack a human unprovoked.
- wild prey animals are inherently docile


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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by La Striata » Tue May 12, 2015 3:54 pm

Skybreaker wrote:If dogs evolved from wolves, there wouldn't be any wolves left, I think.
That assumes that all wolves evolved into dogs... Domestic cats evolved from African wildcats, and domestic rabbits from European wild rabbits, yet these wild species still exist...

- Grey foxes are foxes.

- South American foxes are foxes.

- The Falklands Island wolf was a wolf.
I cannot see that wolves are in any way nobler in character than hyenas- Frederick Selous

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by Nordue » Tue May 12, 2015 4:06 pm

  • That humans are not animals.

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by La Striata » Wed May 13, 2015 1:25 am

- Raccoon dogs are not foxes... Yeah, "fox" and "wolf" taxonomy is such fun! :wink:

- Carnivorous dinosaurs couldn't swim.

- Mastodon is just another word for mammoth.

- Pterosaurs were the ancestors of birds.

- Pterosaurs were just flying dinosaurs.
I cannot see that wolves are in any way nobler in character than hyenas- Frederick Selous

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by TheInfinite » Thu May 14, 2015 8:02 pm

-White tigers are a completely separate subspecies of tiger and in a critically endangered state
It's just a genetic mutation!
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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by La Striata » Fri May 15, 2015 7:04 am

Went into a travel agent's today, and saw a poster advertising a discount on trips to South Africa... with a photo of a tiger.
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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by TheInfinite » Fri May 15, 2015 4:32 pm

My goodness... that's practically a crime
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-Male lions are are always around their pride and are exceptionally caring to all it's members
-Solitary and feral predators (especially cats) can band together and form friendly connections with each other, even for no apparent survival benefit
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Post by Nordue » Sat May 16, 2015 5:33 pm

TheInfinite wrote:*face-palm*
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    Hmm...that dogs selectively bred to do a certain task do not get any enjoyment out of doing that task, and are forced.

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by TheInfinite » Mon May 18, 2015 6:19 pm

Oh, sorry about that. I'll keep it in mind.

-Pit-bulls are vile and bloodthirsty dogs, and will attack anything unprovoked
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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by La Striata » Mon May 25, 2015 11:22 am

- The moa was the biggest bird species driven to extinction in historical times by man (it actually was the elephant bird of Madagascar).

- The dodo was driven to extinction due to people eating them.
I cannot see that wolves are in any way nobler in character than hyenas- Frederick Selous

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Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Post by Noctis_ » Wed May 27, 2015 6:41 pm

That wolves are blood-thirsty killers that have you and your livestock at the top of their menu. (Along with other assumptions that the world's predators are out to get us when, in reality, they probably want to stay away from us)
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