posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Tonight something clicked as I walked in the summer night and heard the thousands of insects singing/chirping/matingcalling in the trees and bushes
and lawns all around me. Most of them wouldn't do that, take up the calls and be so full of sound, in the full light of daytime - because of the
birds. Birds would eat them. Gather them up and swallow them whole. Because birds, except for owls, all hunt during the day. And maybe dinosaurs,
being ground birds, hunted in the day and rested at night too (except for the dreaded owlsaurus).
Where I live there are many night mammals. Coyotes, deer, possum, raccoons, fox, a bear or two, and others who hunt and walk at night. These can be
considered large mammals compared to what we are told were the mammals alive during the age of the large dinosaurs - tiny shrew like creatures lucky
to be alive amongst the giants. So maybe that's not true, maybe there were large animals alive during the dinosaur age, the ancestors of all the
night hunting/walking mammals today. They just had to find places to tuck themselves away during the light hours - just like the night-thriving
mammals do nowadays. Some of the critters way up the trees, others in burrows, some inside rotted trees, others in the high grass.
So seventh from the bottom line, I'm calling "not so fast, mister" on the idea that mammals were all very small during the dinosaur age. Shrew and
whatnot. There were likely some pretty large ones around, all over the place in fact. Birds won't fly at night because they could hit something, and
those that did never evolved into the dominant and plentiful form (except for the owl, which is probably a very interesting evolutionary story). But
the birds had to retain some of their dinosaur instincts, and maybe those instincts include daytime activity and nighttime inactivity. The night
belongs to the mammals! Then and now. And the insects, those really interesting and enjoyable to hear summer insects, calling to each other in all the
trees, bushes, and lawns, everything colored with summer.