So as some of you know since last year I've been all out interested in Paleontology/Extinct Animals. I've been particularly interested in doing predictions and speculative evolution. Here is my list of predictions, originally I written this on one of my favorite youtubers video. But since then I've been brainstorming more predictions to the list and I feel it to be fun to share this with those that are also into Paleontology. I'd love to discuss this list, probability of these predictions and learn something new along the way! So anyways my 2016 Paleontology Predictions:
1. Fully aquatic Dinosaur
As a general rule most if not all Dinosaurs were confined to life on land. But there are some exceptions to the rule such as Spinosaurs that did hangout around water. Very slim chance but it be awesome to discover at least one species of Dinosaur that chosen life in the open sea. And it be more awesome if it would be a Spinosaur/ something evolved from Spinosaurs.
2. Quadrupedal Carnivore Theropod
Theropoda is the only group to contain meat eating Dinosaurs and most if not all were bipedal. And no I did not forget about Spinosaurus, since its possible it was quadrupedal. I mean a Theropod that occupied role of a big cat and hunted other Dinosaurs/animals, not just fish.
3. Armless Theropod
If there is a chance of finding Theropod with no arms then it probably be an Abelisaur.
4. Theropod that relies on arms than jaws to hunt prey.
Can anyone explain the likelihood of hunting with arms within land Predators please?
5. An actual huge spider that isn't an incorrectly reconstructed sea scorpion.
Back in Carboniferous there were some huge Arthropods like Arthropleura, Meganeura and Pulmonoscorpius. So it be cool to discover another giant "bug" and not incorrectly reconstructed Sea Scorpion that was seen in Walking with Monsters.
6. More fossils of either Genyodectes, Ostrafrikasaurus Protoavis or Andrewsarchus.
Not a speculative animal but wish to discover more fossils of some of these interesting Animals, especially at least Andrewsarchus.
7. Long neck Mosasaur
Mosasaurs dominated the ocean back in Cretaceous so maybe one type of it decided to fill in the role of a long neck Plesiosaur?
8. Pterosaur that sacrificed flight entirely.
Highy unlikely but still fun to think about.
9. Durophag Pliosaur
Mosasaurs like Prognathodon and Globidens ate hard shell prey but what if before them a Pliosaur did that too?