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Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 1:02 am
by La Striata
Feel free to contribute!

- 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.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 5:28 am
by alethe
- 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

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 5:43 am
by Sambhur
- Spotted hyenas are low-life scavengers that don't hunt any of their meals

Gotta stick up for hyenas so often. ):

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 8:11 am
by La Striata
- 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.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 3:34 pm
by alethe
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

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 3:54 pm
by La Striata
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.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 4:06 pm
by Nordue
  • That humans are not animals.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:25 am
by La Striata
- 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.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:02 pm
by TheInfinite
-White tigers are a completely separate subspecies of tiger and in a critically endangered state
It's just a genetic mutation!

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:04 am
by La Striata
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.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 4:32 pm
by TheInfinite
My goodness... that's practically a crime
*face-palm*

-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

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 5:33 pm
by Nordue
TheInfinite wrote:*face-palm*
  • Careful TheInfinite, posts containing role-play action inferences like this are interpreted as SPAM, which is something that is not allowed on the WQ forums. Please keep such inferences out of your future posts!

    Hmm...that dogs selectively bred to do a certain task do not get any enjoyment out of doing that task, and are forced.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 6:19 pm
by TheInfinite
Oh, sorry about that. I'll keep it in mind.

-Pit-bulls are vile and bloodthirsty dogs, and will attack anything unprovoked

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 11:22 am
by La Striata
- 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.

Re: Most irritating animal misconceptions

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 6:41 pm
by Noctis_
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)