Ants, Ant-eating dinosaur may have been ‘Tiny Rex’



There are days that are absolute, like the perfect decanted double and triple distiled vodka. When the sunbeams stream through the beating heart. That mechanical pump. That hologram. That projected muscle that pulls and hitches the stream of blood flooding an atmosphere of life. When the sun projects just right you feel it down to your subliminal bones. Those gigantic spaces. Amplify and resonate a degree of the same. 

Today is a day that mimics Summer. The Sky is sweet cotton balls. The ants are thick and sick with contemplation, food, a flood overtly contained within a prism of water. The ants their chain of command, exchange of communication, ubiquitous. Humans tend to think they exhibit the same processes. Ants are amazing, not only do they inhabit the earth now and nearly everywhere but they have lived for nearly 100 million years. They have no lungs, inhale and exhale through tiny pours in their bodies. Their communication processes are interesting, they do so by either touching one another with their antenna or though excretion of pheromones in order for other ants to follow the invisible scent. Like a trail of bread crumbs. I infer this is why they are so clever at following one another great distances. Also, there may be as many as 20, 000 species of ants world wide, ants are born into different colonies for specific purposes. Such as the Queens role is to grown to adult and mate with males to reproduce and lay offspring specifically laying eggs until the end of her lifespan. There may be one or many duplicate Queens depending on the type of nest. The worker ants do the majority of the work including cleaning, looking after the offspring, repairing, waterproofing mounds, storing foods, and there is specific chamber for the Queen ant. The worker ants are grouped in male and female of course, the male life span is less then female and the female is the larger of the two. The Antaeus is a communicative tool, much like our 5 sense touch, taste, smell, sight, sound. Compounded with pheromones and lenses and eyes. So, this poses the question.. why haven’t we evolved to have such an epic tool? 

Since they have been around for such a prodigious amount of time, 100 million years. What about an ant eating dinosaur? What would that look like? This animal would have to be tiny perhaps, or would it be a sister or brother to the ant eater presently? Mmm… 

According to the article below.
Ant-eating dinosaur may have been ‘Tiny Rex’

Farmer discovers fossil skeleton of creature, about 18 inches long

A newfound ant-eating dinosaur was one of the smallest known and also one of the best adapted for running, scientists revealed.
A farmer discovered the fossil skeleton of the roughly foot-and-a-half-long creature, named Xixianykus zhangi, in southern Henan in China. The dinosaur lived in a warm, temperate forested environment watered by rivers and lakes alongside duck-billed dinosaurs and likely sail-backed predators known as spinosaurs roughly 89 million to 83 million years ago. Scientists aren’t sure how the dinosaur perished, but the fossil is fairly intact compared with many, so another creature probably did not kill it.
This minute hunter possessed a number of adaptations for quick, highly efficient running, with features of the hind limb, pelvis and backbone that would have promoted stability and reduced superfluous, energy-wasting movements as it dashed across prehistoric landscapes.
The dinosaur also had a short upper leg in comparison with its lower leg, a trait seen in many running animals.
“It helps you be more efficient by pulling the weight up the leg so you don’t have to move it as far,” said researcher David Hone. “Try running with 2 kilograms (5 pounds) strapped to your thigh and then strapped to you ankle. You’ll be much faster and tire less with it higher up, as you don’t need to spend lots of energy swinging it through a big arc. Making the lower leg long also helps quite simply by giving you a bigger stride — you cover more distance per step.”
The dinosaur was a theropod, which includes famous carnivores such asTyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor. Its closest relatives within the theropod group known as the alvarezsaurs had short but strong arms, tipped with a single massive claw to break into logs or insect nests. Although the forequarters of Xixianykus did not stand the test of time, it likely fed in the same way, digging for termites and ants.
“It may sound odd, but digging and running actually work quite well together,” Hone said. “Some modern termite-eating species travel long distances between colonies of their prey, so as an efficient runner Xixianykus would have been able to follow this pattern.” Some of the adaptations that helped to stabilize the dinosaur’s body when running might even have braced it when digging, the researchers noted.
Many alvarezsaurs probably shared the fast-paced approach to life Xixianykushad, the researchers noted. Any small dinosaurs would be vulnerable to predators, “and the ability to make a speedy exit if danger threatened would be valuable to an animal like this,” Hone explained.
The scientists detailed their findings online March 29 in the journal Zootaxa.
The atmosphere moults like an unraveled string. We find the sky tangled in dead branches.

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