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Re: Greatest dangers in the Hell Creek environment

How true! We are nothing more than episymbionts on the microbial world. Any microbes are nothing compared to the world of phages that prey on them Check out Rowher et al 2014 Life In Our Phage World: A Centennial Field Guide To The World's Most Diverse Inhabitants.

We often forget that a simple cut, to which we apply neosporin without a second thought ad happily go about our way, could easily be fatal less than a century ago.


On 12/7/2015 2:28 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:

Microorganisms have always been (and will always be) the undisputed rulers of 
this planet. They
have a more profound effect on life than anything else. All things live or die 
at their whim.

I for one welcome our microorganic overlords.

On Mon, Dec 7th, 2015 at 10:28 PM, Poekilopleuron <dinosaurtom2015@seznam.cz> 

Good day!

I would like to ask, which would be most dangerous for a human (say, time
traveler) in the end-Cretaceous world:

1. Large and mid-sized theropods (Tyrannosaurus, Dakotaraptor)

2. Smaller theropods (Acheroraptor, Anzu...)

3. Large herbivorous dinosaurs; e. g. protecting nests (Triceratops,
Ankylosaurus, Edmontosaurus...)

4. Non-dinosaurian vertebrates (crocodiles, pterosaurs, sharks, mammals)

5. Invertebrate parasites (both ecto- and endo-, like ticks)

6. Microoorganisms (Trichomonas? Viruses, bacterial patogenes, etc.)

7. Environmental effects (volcanic activity, poisonous gases, earthquakes,

8. Well, of course...rare, but devastating large impacts.

Thank you in advance, Tom