A predator trap is a pit of mud or tar that is usually mistaken as a body of water or a part of the ground. Predators may become attracted to animals struggling to free themselves from the goo(or atleast the carcasses of trapped animals)& may go after them inorder to eat the trapped animals, only to find themselves getting stuck in it as well. Typically, the number of the predators greatly surpases the prey animals(hence the name)& most of them are unable to unmire themselves before death from starvation, heat, exhaustion or drowning. The list below contains examples of the most famous(& notable)of these death pits.
- La brea tar pits: No description needed
- Cleveland Lloyd dinosaur quarry: This museum shows plenty of hints to being a death trap: The quarry contains mudstone which holds lots of dinosaur fossils, a majority of which are from the carnivorous allosaurus, which may be because of the theropods hunting habits. The mudstone could of been kept wet by an underground floodpond, which would also be the reason of it being a dinosaur death trap.
- Gobi desert dino death traps: Scientists have discovered a mysterious death scene where dinosaur after dinosaur are stacked up in an apparant black hole in the ground. There were also smaller ones that could have be created when sauropods stepped on the Gobi desert(formally a wetland) & there footprints may have been back filled by a thick mixture of volcanic mudstone & sandstone.
- Waco mammoth site: The Waco mammoth site is by far the worlds biggest mammoth museum, containing the remains of over 19 drowned columbian mammoths, as well as a camel & a smilodon tooth.
- Quicksand (Well it certainly does suck)!
- Frick clay pit: Study's of the pit reveales that it was once a mud flap, which trapped plateosaurs, most of which have the same position of lying belly down with hind legs spread out below. Associated finds include small scattered remains such as lung fish teeth, crocodile dermal denticles, as well as remians from fish and even freshwater sharks.
- Pitchlake: The world's largest natural asphalt deposit, & it's oil has been used in runways all across the world as well.
- McKitterick tar pits: A line of fossil rich tar pits that is said to rival La Brea.
- Bermudezlake: A large, vegetation covered tar pit that is only surpassed in size by pitchlake.
- Carpinteria: A park that is built close to a line of tar pits that is oozing from rocks(& over the feet of uncareful people)
- Mammoth site hot springs: pretty similar to the Waco colombian mammoth sites.
- Fossils have been discovered of an entire herd of young dinosaurs that died together when they became trapped in mud 90 million years ago.
- This forum has an idea of creating a predator trap.
- There's a part in the Ballad of Big Al where an allosaurus falls prey to one
- Antlions have created these.
- What started the bloodiest dinosaur battle was a pair of stegosauruses getting stuck in the mud near a dried lake.
- The Howe Quarry is made up of mud pits containing the carcasses of animals such as Kaatedocus.
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