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(or rather the battle happens AFTER some very important pomp & circumstance) #2019MMM
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NEXT UP from the CAT-e-GORY division: Sea Lion (1) vs Tiger Quoll (7)!!! #2019MMM

[this has been a team effort between moi & @chumblebiome]
In one corner we have our 15-stoat lightweight tiger quoll, the Cinderella of #2019MMM! He's snacked on catbirds, sat back & relaxed while nimravids duked it out, & scared off (he thinks) the fig-fascinated bear cat in Malaysia! #StoatsAsMeasurement
In the other corner we have our 1300-stoat heavyweight California sea lion. He's smooshed the antlion, smooshed the catshark, & smooshed...uh, I mean, dallied while the tiger owl drowned in [REDACTED]. #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
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Next up from the WATERFALLS division: #2 ranked Manatee (Trichechus manatus) vs. # 3 ranked Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). This battle was a tag-team effort with @je_light #teamworkDreamwork #2019MMM
Last time, Tapir displaced Water Opossum & squelched the Moonrat. Meanwhile, Manatee outlasted Ring-tailed Vontsira & startled Aquatic Genet. None of these battles were at all controversial...some have said they were the best ever #noreally #2019MMM
West Indian Manatees are found in the Gulf of Mexico. They prefer warmer temps due to their lower metabolic rate #seacow #2019MMM (…)
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UP NEXT from the JUMP JUMP division: 1-seed TIGER versus 4-seed BHARAL #2019MMM
Our Bengal Tiger weighs in at 258kg/1173 stoats & the Himalayan Blue Sheep or Bharal weights 75kg/341 stoats #StoatsAsMeasurement #2019MMM
As noted by #TeamStoat, the male Bharal scared away its previous competitors (the stoat & rocky wallaby) in its native montane habitats of Nepal & India #2019MMM
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UP NEXT: 7th-seeded TIGER QUOLL versus 2nd-seed NIMRAVID #2019MMM (a collaborative narration w/ @PKurnath )
The largest carnivore on Australia's mainland today (15lbs/7kg/32 stoats), the Tiger quoll hunts like cats, only moving when the prey's head is down (Jones et al., 2001) #StoatsAsMeasurement #SneakyNotACat #2019MMM
Which is how the Tiger quoll got through round 1, by making a meal out of the Cat-bird #YumYum #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: #1 Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) & Yellow-Billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) vs #8 seed Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) & Aardvark Cucumber (Cucumis humifructus) #2019MMM
In Round 1, Oxpecker (& Zebra) picked off the Batfly (& Gammaproteobacteria). Aardvark & Cucurbit advanced against #Tripletrouble monkeys in an epic #BeastieBoys Battle #2019MMM
Why do Zebras have stripes? Scientists had thought these stripes were anti-predator devices, making it difficult for predators to cue in on 1 individual among the herd (called disruptive coloration) #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: #5 seed Beaver (Rodentia: Castor canadensis) vs #13 seed Rakali (Rodentia: Hydromys chrysogaster). It's #TeamRodent vs #TeamRodent! #2019MMM
In Waterfalls Round 1, Beaver tail slap sent Mink circuitously for a muskrat meal. A poacher's gunshot took out Peccary & Rakali advanced #2019MMM
Beavers influence entire ecosystems, even in the face of wildfires. #ActualLivingScientist @EmilyFairfax reveals how busy Beavers engineer an ecosystem: #2019MMM
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UP NEXT: 4-seed BHARAL versus 12-seed ROCK-WALLABY #2019MMM
During round 1, the rock-wallaby upset the serval with one wicked kick #CrouchingMacropodHiddenWallaby #YouGotSERValED #2019MMM
And to recap, this 10lb/4.5kg/21stoat sized marsupial edemic to northeastern Queensland in good ol' Oz… photo by @MichalKrause #StoatsAsMeasurement #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: Great horned owl 🦉 (Bubo virginianus; 5) vs Panther chameleon 🦎 (Furcifer pardalis; 12)! #2019MMM
The great horned owl (Least Concern), AKA "the tiger of the air". Despite being in the Fam Strigidae, early naturalists called it the tiger owl due to its tiger-like stripey barring. Extremely adaptable, it has the widest range of any true American owl. #2019MMM
Of House Great Horned, this owl has the most diverse prey profile of an raptor in the Americas.

They are able to take down prey that weighs ~14lbs (~29 stoats), which is nearly 3x its own weight (4.5lbs or 9 stoats).… #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement #WePrey owl house emblem we prey
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NEXT UP: 6th-seeded Lion-Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) vs. 11th-seeded Cat Snake (Telescopus fallax) #2019MMM
Though named for its lion-like, black-tufted tail, both male & female Lion-Tailed Macaques also boast a leonine silvery mane. Accordingly, this species is called "Bartaffe," which translates to "beard ape" (*not an ape), in German. #ServingLooks #TheRachel #2019MMM
One of the smaller macaque species, a large Lion-Tailed Macaque tips the scales at 10kg (about 45 stoats). Males are significantly bigger than females (Harvey et al 1991), with large canines they use to compete for mates. #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
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FIRST UP: Top-ranked Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) versus Wildcard Winner larval Antlion (Dendroleon pantherinus)

[written by @PKurnath]

Tonight's Battle is Lion-e-Lion! Which Lion will sleep <forever> TONIGHT!?!? #DoNotClickThisVideo #DontDoIt #2019MMM
The antlion larva is fresh off a victory over the adult Tiger Beetle #StillHungry #TigerBeetleDrumstickWasNotEnough #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: 7th seed Marine otter ((Lontra felina) vs 10th seed Aquatic genet (Genetta piscivora) #2019MMM
The aquatic genet is from the tropical forests of NW Congo & appears to be rare/elusive as locals don't seem to see it very often (Hart & Timms 1978). What western science knows of them is almost all from dead specimens #2019MMM
art via @amnh
Aquatic genets are about 3 lbs, or on the order of 6 stoats if you like to use #StoatsAsMeasurement. What sets them apart from other genets is their oddly bare palms that may be helpful for gripping fishy prey (Hart & Timms 1978) #2019MMM…
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White-lipped peccary (4)


Rakali (13)! #2019MMM
To the right we have the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari; Vulnerable)! This pig can grow to 4 stoats long (139 cm) & 180 stoats heavy (40 kg). It lives across Central/South America in habitats ranging from rainforest to grasslands. #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
To our left, the rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster; Least Concern). Waterproof fur covers its one (1) stoat-long body, but its thicc, roughly one (1) stoat-long tail is naked.

This #StrayaScrapper comes in at a whopping 6 stoats in wgt! #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
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NEXT UP: #5 seed Beaver (Rodentia: Castor canadensis) vs #12 seed Mink (Carnivora: Neovison vison) #2019MMM
Rodents continue to impress with their adaptations. North American Beavers are the largest rodents in North America, with an average size of ~20 kg (90 stoats #stoatsasmeasurement). The only rodents larger than beavers, on average, are capybaras. Why are beavers so big? #2019MMM
Beavers may be big because of living in aquatic environments. Water is typically colder than mammalian body temperature & saps the heat from the body of a warm-blooded mammal. Larger size=more favorable surface area to volume ratio=less heat lost to the environment #2019MMM
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UP NEXT: 2nd seed Manatee (Trichechus manatus) versus 12th seed Ring-tailed Vontsira (Galidia elegans) #2019MMM
The West Indian Manatee is a fully aquatic mammal (it never comes out of the water, like whales) with two subspecies that are found along the coast of Florida, islands of the Caribbean, & northeastern coast of South America (Husar, 1978) #2019MMM
Truly a sea cow, manatees are herbivores & graze on all sorts of water plants. In fact, one free-ranging manatee spent on average 11 hours per day feeding (Etheridge et al, 1985) #WayToGoGus #WhereIsPickle #AwesomeOldPapers #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: 7th-seeded Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) vs. 10th-seeded 9-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) #2019MMM
The 9-Banded Armadillo (can actually have 7-11 bands) can grow 2.5 ft long (half of this is tail) & tip the scales at 17 lbs, or roughly 19 stoats, as it forages in broad ecologies throughout the Americas #2019MMM #stoatsasmeasurement
Other names for the 9-Banded Armadillo include the Long-Nosed Armadillo and Tatu Hu. Tatu comes from the Tupi language family, spoken in places including Paraguay (see description from David Attenborough in 'Adventures of a Young Naturalist') #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: 4th-seeded Bharal (Pseudois nayaur) versus 13th-seeded Stoat (Mustela erminea) #2019MMM
Returning MMM fans are well acquainted with our mighty mustelid, but here are some cool facts for all the newcomers watching at home #2019MMM
An average stoat weighs 220g, measures 34cm in length, and can take down prey well more than twice its size (King, 1983) #StoatsAsMeasurement #StoatIStheMeasurement #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: Markhor (2) vs Streaked tenrec (15)! #2019MMM choose your fighter spiky boy or spikier boy
The markhor (Capra falconeri; Near Threatened) is a large mountain goat that lives in the mountains of central Asian countries, including Pakistan, Tajikstan, & Uzbekistan. They can get to 4 ft at the shoulder & weigh up to 243 lbs/496 stoats! #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
Meanwhile, the streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus; Least Concern) is smol & weighs one (1) stoat.

They may look like a Jolteon-hedgehog hybrid, but it is actually part of the family Tenrecidae, & is only found in Madagascar's rainforests. #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
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UP NEXT: #1 seed Orinoco Crocodile vs #2 seed Amebelodon! #2018MMM
Tonight's battle also brought to you by @chumblebiome, @drew_lab, @MarkKissel, and @c_n_anderson. #2018MMM
Our fierce competitors tonight have crushed all that have dared stand before them in previous rounds. #2018MMM
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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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NEXT UP: #1 seeded PYGMY HIPPO vs. #2 seeded CHEETAH! #2018MMM

(photo credit: #actuallivingscientist @AnneWHilborn, Dr. John Carroll (…), Dr. Hernandez (…) & @conservationorg (
Tonight's battle was a tag-team collab between @AnneWHilborn (Anne) and @am_anatiala (Asia)! #whapalabmates #2018MMM
ASIA: So, Anne, I wouldn't think that this 130lb/265 stoat-heavy fast cat would make it this far. Cheetahs aren't generally considered great fighters, right? *whispers* Unlike Kylo. #2018MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
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UP NEXT: #3 seed Berlin Boar (Sus scrofa) vs #7 seed Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) #2018MMM
The top-ranked competitor still has homefield advantage, so this Urban Jungle battle takes place in Berlin, Germany. Berlin Board & Porcupine don't have a lot in common; they last shared a common ancestor ~96 mya ( #2018MMM
Did you know what "Porcupine" is Latin for "Quill Pig"? Follow #ActualLivingScientist @porcupinedoc for some more amazing porcupine facts #2018MMM
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LAST BATTLE OF THE NIGHT! #3 seed Berlin Boar (Sus scrofa) vs #6 seed Bobcat (Lynx rufus) #2018MMM
Tonight's battle is a collaboration w/ @je_light @chumblebiome @AnneWHilborn & me! #2018MMM
Both of these urban competitors had an easy time of things in R1: Berlin Boar scared off an Eastern Grey Squirrel & Bobcat outwaited a Striped Skunk to advance #2018MMM
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#1 seed Harar hyena
#8 seed Bristol fox!
Less than two days ago, the hyena from the walled eastern Ethiopian city of Harar devoured the Belo Horizonte marmoset, & the Bristol fox scare off a raccoon from some choice eggshells. Now these carnivores will face each other! #2018MMM
The Harar hyena & Bristol fox diverged around 54 mya, near the beginning of the Eocene ( The Earth was warming, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere doubled, & Antarctica was nearly tropical 🌴 (…). #2018MMM
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