An extreme misconception about the carboniferous

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An extreme misconception about the carboniferous

Postby Arthropoda » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:27 am

The general public, and people here, like to think that the Carboniferous was this backwards world filled with dog sized arthropods as far as he eye can see and vertebrates where frightened pipsqueaks living under their shadows. This is not true. At all.

You see, the reason some terrestrial arthropods got so big is because of two things. First, the one everyone knows, high oxygen levels. Many terrestrial arthropods breathe via trachea, so higher oxygen is good at supporting larger sizes. But now for the one everyone forgets. Lack of competition. Tetrapods had only started to diversify, and many where primarily aquatic. Herbivorous and flying tetrapods had not existed yet, and would not for a while. Amniotes (precursors to mammals and reptiles) barely existed. Basically, tetrapods just got started. This lack of competition allowed some arthropods to grow to larger sizes. Key word. SOME.

Yes, even with all of this, the vast majority of arthropods where SMALL. Just as small as your average holocene arthropod. In fact, the largest terrestrial/amphibious animals where amphibians such as proterogyrinus and eogyrinus.

I mean, I love arthropleura as much as the next guy, but come on. The carboniferous was not a backwords alien world ruled by deer sized arthropods that tore apart every measly vertebrate in their path. It was an age where tetrapods where just starting to diversify and explore various niches. With some larger than normal bugs on the side.
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Re: An extreme misconception about the carboniferous

Postby FaceEaterMaximus » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:33 am

oh ok
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Re: An extreme misconception about the carboniferous

Postby ProjectMammoth » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:00 am

Yeah.
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Re: An extreme misconception about the carboniferous

Postby NublarRex » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:22 pm

Cool. Did you know a most of fauna in this game are Mesozoic?
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