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Dino Talk Feb. 1-3, 2002: A Dinosaur Forum


"I meant LEGAL protection!"

Oh!
They have lots of legal protection, there are "kiwi zones" where you must have your dog on a leash and your not alowed pig hunting or anything (I think). DOC has people who walk through the kiwi zones and shoot stray dogs. I dont know what happens if someone kills a kiwi on purpose because I never heard of it happening before (apart from the early 1900s and and 1800s when they were shot for meat or something).

from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"The NZ government does not appear to be doing much. It's like "oh well it's too hard no one can solve this problem." When we wanted to go to the moon (WHY? What the hell was the point?) we (well, America) succeeded against all odds. Wow, well done. If we can send man to the moon with what is now primitive technology then can't we get rid of non - native NZ creatures like weasels and stoats and rats? I think that the NZ government should start a large operation to hunt down and kill all the stoats and weasles etc. on NZ. If they try they will succeed."

The government is doing alot about it. D.O.C (Department of conservation) have got rid of all non natives on lots of off shore islands so that animals like the tuatara,kiwi and kakapo can surive. One type of birds population got from about 5 or 10 to about 100 by making other raise them (there was only 1 breeding pair so todays entire population are all desendents of that pair) on an offshore island. and DOC are doing aerial drops of poison to kill possums (birds dont eat the poison). And almost every farm has possum traps (My farm has about five possum traps and about five bait stations) so populations of native birds are growing. But I dont think we will ever be able to completly get rid of possums.
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"AND THE EXTINCT GIANT EAGLE (HARPAGORNIS MOOREI)."
Hmmm... HARPagornis moorei. Reminds me of Harpymimus. Maybe they were both named for the Harpy( bird monster from Greek mythology).

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"In America, we always use spelled"

Not always
from Gianna, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"So what's my reading level?"
Seems quite good to me!

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"WHY? What the hell was the point?"
Well, there were several reasons.
First, us humans had just made it into space for the first time(Sputnik 1) and we were trying to discover and conquer space. As you can see, now that we have "conquered" space it has helped us alot.
(Cell phones, GP systems,weather sattelites like GOES I-M...)
But the real important thing was that U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. were the two world superpowers and a "space race". So both countries were motivated to get to the moon. And we got there first! So that's why we tried to get to the moon.

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"My Engilsh teacker says that here both spelt and spelled are fine."
Yeah, they're pobably both fine in Britain. In America, we always use "spelled".

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"Tim M - Great story. Can I use some of your characters and ideas? Like the HDSRB?"
Absolutely! Only it's "HDRAB".(To help you remeber, it's Human dinosaur relations administration bureau)

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"*THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A DEFENCE REALLY (BECAUSE THERE ONLY NATIVE ENIMIES WERE THE NEW ZEALAND FALCON AND THE EXTINCT GIANT EAGLE (HARPAGORNIS MOOREI). THERE ONLY DEFENCE IS KICKING.*"

I meant LEGAL protection!
from da masta, age 14, Ye Boring Citie of Birmingham, The United Kingdom of Great Br, ?; February 3, 2002


Aw, T - Master, why are you called T - Master if you never give trivia? I want trivia!!!!
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


Tim M - Great story. Can I use some of your characters and ideas? Like the HDSRB? (Is that how it's spelt?) (My Engilsh teacker says that here both spelt and spelled are fine.)
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"I can definetly tell how good your reading level is by your writing, because it's while reading that you learn new vocabulary and phrases."

So what's my reading level? (Don't be nice this time, REALLY?)
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"The australian brush tailed possum was introduced here for fur. There are 70 million of them and they eat 7 million tonnes of vegetation a year. Now do you see why they are so damaging? and its been found that they eat birds eggs and chicks. Probably the most stupid introduction was rabbits, they were introduced for sport and when they got out of control stoats got introduced to kill them but now stoats, ferrets and weasels are the biggest threat to birds. They kill 60% of the north Island Brown kiwi chicks born and the extintion of native birds like the South island Kakako is because of Stoats."

The NZ government does not appear to be doing much. It's like "oh well it's too hard no one can solve this problem." When we wanted to go to the moon (WHY? What the hell was the point?) we (well, America) succeeded against all odds. Wow, well done. If we can send man to the moon with what is now primitive technology then can't we get rid of non - native NZ creatures like weasels and stoats and rats? I think that the NZ government should start a large operation to hunt down and kill all the stoats and weasles etc. on NZ. If they try they will succeed.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


Has anybody heard of Syntarsus?
It is now called Megapnosaurus!
Sytarsus was already a genus of beetle before a dinosaur was called Syntarsus.

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 3, 2002


"I bet humans brought the possums there themselves"
Right. There were no Rabbits or Dingoes or Sheep in Australia until the humans brought them there. I doubt any species of possum is indigenous to N.Z."

The only native NZ mammals are bats so possums arn't native.
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"I bet humans brought the possums there themselves, accidentaly or in a typical state for humans, illusions that what they are doing is good."

The australian brush tailed possum was introduced here for fur. There are 70 million of them and they eat 7 million tonnes of vegetation a year. Now do you see why they are so damaging? and its been found that they eat birds eggs and chicks. Probably the most stupid introduction was rabbits, they were introduced for sport and when they got out of control stoats got introduced to kill them but now stoats, ferrets and weasels are the biggest threat to birds. They kill 60% of the north Island Brown kiwi chicks born and the extintion of native birds like the South island Kakako is because of Stoats.
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"YEAH ONE OF THE SPECIES LIVES IN THE HILLS NEAR THE AREA THAT I LIVE IN"

Wow, you're not talking about mount Cook? Cool!

*I LIVE ON THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA AND ONE OF THE SPECIES LIVES IN THE HILLS OF THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA*

"ITS COOL AT NIGHT WHEN I CAN HEAR KIWIS AND MOREPORKS BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN AN ALIVE KIWI BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY RARE AND NOCTURNAL"

Yeah. Kiwis do have special protection don't they?

*THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A DEFENCE REALLY (BECAUSE THERE ONLY NATIVE ENIMIES WERE THE NEW ZEALAND FALCON AND THE EXTINCT GIANT EAGLE (HARPAGORNIS MOOREI). THERE ONLY DEFENCE IS KICKING.*

"THEY ARE AUSTRAILIAN. I DONT THINK THEY LIVE IN NZ"

They do! The central far west of the Northern NZ island. Do you live on the south or north island?

*i LIVE ON THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA (NORTH EAST NORTH ISLAND.AN HOURS DRIVE FROM AUCKLAND)*

"SOME OTHER REALLY COOL NZ BIRDS ARE THE TUI,FANTAIL AND LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN"

Have you seen them?

*YUP THE TUI AND FANTAIL ARE QUITE COMMON AND I'VE ALSO SEEN THE LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN*

"YEAH...BRITAIN ISN'T REALLY KNOWN FOR ITS WILDLIFE IS IT"

Nope. At least I originate from a country that hasn't abused it's wildlife so much that there's no room for animals apart from national parks. Russia."
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"Tom G, your summer is: december, january, february, isn't it?

*Yup*
And do you get like lots of baby turtles on your beaches one night every year (or two for the leatherback,)? Wow! We've got nothing like that here."

Not near where i live but we do get turtles in NZ. But we do get Little Blue penguins on beaches near where I live .little blue penguins are small native and really cute!
from Tom G, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"I lived in Californina all my life but just recently I moved to Colorado."
Cool T-master!

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"because I read like an 8th grader."
Cool! I've always been an advanced reader and writer myself
"par rapport" to my classmates. When I was seven years old I read an adult book written in the 1800's: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
I can definetly tell how good your reading level is by your writing, because it's while reading that you learn new vocabulary and phrases.

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"That could be it (or it might an incompatability with the mail program). Try using the form for submitting fiction - that will probably result in better formatting. JC"

When I did that the following message came up, word for word:

"Sending of message failed

An error occurred sending mail: Unable to connect to the SMTP server. The server may be down
or may be incorrectly configured. Please verify that your Mail/News account settings are
correct and try again."

I tried again and it didn't work.
So I just sent E-M@ils to "Other@hotmail.com" from hotmail.

from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002
I tried the form on your fiction page, and it works from here. We won't get mail addressed to hotmail. JC


Yay, it's great! But I'd just like to say, that as a reader of people's stories, (if you think I don't have the right to give suggestions then ignore me,) I'd like to suggest that people try to write MORE. Especially before they post. You end up with a great story in lots of little fragments.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"Does anyone like my story?"

I check out the forum before reading the stories. I'll read it in a sec.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"Just because I happen to be ten years old everyone thinks I have a limited writing ability?"

Absolutely not! There's only so much you can read in one year you know...
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 2, 2002


"Nothronychus had feathers"
We actually don't have any scientific evidence of this, but it seems likely that Nothronychus would have feathers given the fact that its kin had them. And hat was the point you were trying to make.

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


March 116th is pretty close, especially when you've waited like a month after you were ten to be eleven, so I had to wait a year. I'd consider May close if my birthday is in that month.

My writing ability is inspired my the vocabulary my parents teach me. Mostly books, though(where I learned "grotesque" and "unanimous") because I read like an 8th grader.
from Gianna, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


Just because I happen to be ten years old everyone thinks I have a limited writing ability?
from Gianna, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


I think your story is cool Tim
from T-master, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


I lived in Californina all my life but just recently I moved to Colorado.
from T-master, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


"But it's not THAT far either!"
Sorry, that was me!

from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


"I bet humans brought the possums there themselves"
Right. There were no Rabbits or Dingoes or Sheep in Australia until the humans brought them there. I doubt any species of possum is indigenous to N.Z.

from ?, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


Does anyone like my story?
from Tim M., age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


"Nope. BTW, I've read your latest story, and your writing ability has impressed me. Especially for an 10 year old. (16 March isn't THAT close!)" But it's not THAT far either!
from ?, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


JC, do you know how I can stop everything being question marks on DinoFiction? Maybe use a different font?
from da masta, age 14, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, ?; February 1, 2002
That could be it (or it might an incompatability with the mail program). Try using the form for submitting fiction - that will probably result in better formatting. JC


"About DWF, da masta...

I like the first part, just it was gross when you were talking about the bodies, like heart or head ripped out/off, or the intestines on the floor....and is that raptor Razorclaw?"

Absolutely not. Razorclaw's a good guy. Dinosaur. That was a prototype _terroraptor megalonyx_ that escaped from the lab, but I don't want to reveal too much.
from da masta, age ?, ?, ?, ?; February 1, 2002


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