Obesity is no laughing matter kids, this could happen to YOU!
Yep, this image is a hoax, and yes, it's that time of year again- HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!! (Oh- but those preview images are the real-deal- illustrated by yours truly! I will release them soon, and have been hung up with cross-checking sources for appropriate scaling)
I was tempted to take a stab at doing an unorthodox size comparison chart- in this case Amphicoleas (which unfortunately was comprised of far too little remains to do a proper reconstruction without applying my horrifying creative flare!), but having done something similar with Bruhathkayosaurus, I wanted to do something new. Now, normally I don't mock or satirize theories I don't agree with (unless some idiotic proponent starts flooding my inbox about it- in which case I make nonsense like this every April 1st), but recent events have forced me to make an exception- an inconsiderate person had recently wiped a very informative Wikipedia article about a very interesting prehistoric predatory animal (including taxonomy!*) and instead wrote a few short sentences implying it was a scavenger!
Gloves off! It's time to lay the mack down! It's time to die for the Large-Carnivores-Couldn't-Hunt Theory!
(disclaimer- obviously scavenging is a typical part of most carnivores, and some cases can afford to do this exclusively for extended periods- this chart exists more to address weak popular myths than the theory itself):
1) being heavy makes you sluggish (it doesn't- hippos are faster than most people, and the BEAR can actually chase down light prey on occasion),
2) dinosaurs were larger and heavier than modern animals (nope- only sauropods were outright larger; and new evidence suggests dinosaurs were LIGHTER for their size than mammals.
3) "Bone Crushing Teeth"= scavenger occasionally passes around. Likely a correlation with hyenas- which people long presumed were scavengers (they're hunters)
4) On that matter, virtually every terrestrial carnivore today is capable of hunting and does this regularly. The only animals that uniformly get away with majority scavenging are vultures- comparatively tiny animals capable of flight.
5) Lastly, that even IF the first two points were false, virtually every large land predator existed in a time of equally-large (or larger) land herbivores. Ignoring the above-average leg musculature for a theropod I might add.
*ok, ok, often taxonomies change and are disproven- but still, he could have left a note
Also, to clarify- the nonsense in the yellow is not drawn to scale at all- nor any attempt at accuracy made. I just thought it would be funny to have a crack at dinosaur obesity. The stuff in the grey is (well, each side respectively- there are no mammoth-sized tigers- sorry kids). In particular, the T-rex is shown at a large 12m in length (it looks shorter than it really is because of its sprint), the elephant is 3.3m tall at the shoulder- a rather average size.
Hope you enjoy it!