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NEXT UP: #4 Tasmanian Devil Vs. #5 Water Deer!!! #2018MMM
Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) devoured the ghost bat in the first round, while Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) managed to scare away the solenodon (none of this was controversial at all amongst the fandom...) #truth #2018MMM
The T. Devil is 6-8kg (that's 27-36 stoats for those of you playing at home) and can catch mammals up to 30 kg. The Water Deer weighs in at 9-14 kg (40-63 stoats). #stoatsasmeasurement #2018MMM
T. devil skulls are adapted to using a high bite force. It is made of more cancellous bone than many other mammals, which allows the skull to absorb the shock by biting on hard bone #stressful #2018MMM (Attard et al)
Tasmanian Devils are currently found in Tasmania (shocking, eh?). The following quote comes from a 1968 study of a captive T. devil named "Hamlet" by R. F. Ewer #2018MMM
"Hamlet the t devil "sniffed along the length of [a rat's]body and when reached the head, abruptly delivered a genuine bite, killing the rat at once.He then leapt back, his attitude suggesting that he was astounded at what had happened" #PoorRat #2018MMM "
While popular imagination & cartoons view them as violent, this may not be true. According to Owen & Pemberton they are more timid. One report on a hand-raised T. devil notes it remained hiding for days after hearing the vacuum cleaner ( #2018MMM
Water deer, at home in costal plains & marshy areas, are diurnal herbivores. Males use their vampire teeth (actually their upper canines that reach ~6 cm) to scare away rivals #2018MMM
While found mostly in China & the Korean peninsula, water deer are also found in Western Europe, having escaped from captive populations. The fossil evidence is scant so much of its evolutionary history is uncertain #moarResearch #2018MMM
Water deer are mostly solitary. Sirect contact limited to "what is strictly necessary for reproduction & rearing of young." This, along w/ their lack of antlers, has led some to conclude that they are a more 'primitive' species (source: #2018MMM
Tonight’s bout occurs in Tasmanian open woodland at dusk. The water deer isn't too happy to be here but glad to find some grasses to munch on #2018MMM
While foraging water deer happens upon a ghastly sight: a T. Devil consuming the carcass of a dead kangaroo. #2018MMM #AfterDark
Water deer tries to scare off the devil with its screams known as 'whickering'. For realz, just listen to this:… #2018MMM
But the T. devil isn't quiet either. The sound it makes is pretty terrifying too! Water deer understands where the name 'devil' comes from: #nightmareStuff #2018MMM
The water deer decides on a direct approach: stamping his feet & snarling to showing his teeth. They will fight other members of their species (conspecifics) by biting w/ their canines, which can lead to ripped ears, scars, and even death ( #2018MMM
But they usually avoid a fight. Water deer hops off, certain that messing with a T. Devil is NOT the way to live to fight another day ( #smartmove #2018MMM

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Mar 30, 2018
And LAST but not LEAST of the #EliteTrait, we have #1 seeded Doedicurus clavicaudatus vs. #2 Amebelodon fricki!!! #2018MMM
Tonight's battle is a 3-way collaboration by me, @PKurnath & @tinkeringprim8, so hold on to your tush! #TeamAwesome #TeamDiscoveryChannel #2018MMM
Doedicurus a.k.a. #TankMammal has taken out the Jugulator, Thalassocnus catans, and Andrewsarchus mongoliensis, while Amebelodon a.k.a. "shovel-tusker" has defeated Deinogalerix koenigswald, Homo floresensis, and Dimetrodon limbatus #winning #taxonomicmouthful #2018MMM
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Mar 27, 2018
Next up: No. 2 ranked Amebelodon fricki vs. no. 7 ranked Homo floresiensis!!! #2018MMM
In the first round Amebelodon sent Deinogalerix koenigswald flying through the air, while Homo floresiensis outwitted the tiny Palaeoloxodon #2018MMM
Amebelodon is a member of the Gomphotheriidae family, a group of extinct elephant-like mammals. Whether all the species currently placed in the amebelodon genus are descended from a common ancestor (e.g., are monophyletic) or not is a topic of some debate #2018MMM
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Mar 20, 2018
NEXT UP: 8th seeded Bristol Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vs 9th seeded Racoon (Procyon lotor) #2018MMM
Our penultimate battle of the night (written mostly by
@chumblebiome) features two members of the taxonomic order Carnivora, which means they have a specialization for eating meat: #carnassials. Skull images from @NMNH #2018MMM
However, being part of Order Carnivora doesn't mean they only eat meat. Both of these Carnivorans can eat an omnivorous diet consisting of both plants and other animals. This makes them highly adaptable to many different types of environments! #UrbanJungle #2018MMM
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Mar 15, 2018
NEXT UP: #5 seed Water deer ((Hydropotes inermis) vs. #12 seed solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) #2018MMM
The Water Deer ranges from China to Korea, but has been imported to the UK and other parts of the world. The name refers to its preference for coastal plains, marshy areas, & riparian regions (map from: #SATword #2018MMM
Unlike many other deer they don't have antlers, their GREAT ADAPTATION are *mostly* in their mouth: The upper canines are "saber-like," which makes it look like something out of Bunnicula (Deernicula?) #2018MMM
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