*carefully* bring back the dinosaurs. Haha. I am not deterred.
I spent an unusually long amount of time researching my choices because I had too many to choose from.
So, if I were to bring back a dinosaur, I would bring back an entire genus: Sauropods.
Sauropods are the genus containing Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Apatosaurus. These are all of the dinosaurs known to us as the “long necks”. I love these dinosaurs because they were one of the more gentle species and fed mostly on trees and plant life. They were obligate herbivores.
Even in the infamous “Jurassic Park”, the sauropods are depicted as gentle-giants that showed very little interest in harming humans. I liken them to the soft and gentle Draft horses of today.
While these dinosaurs were the largest of the entire kingdom, they were still some of the most careful and gentle of the dinosaurs. They often traveled in small herds, or alone as they preferred a more solitary existence save for mating season.
It would be an interesting plight for humanity to manage if these giant reptiles returned to the lands. There would be mass confusion on how to accommodate something so large with such a wide range of feeding and movement. It might even force humans to relocate in order to provide the range these animals require without human casualty.
I am a sucker for giant animals. I love draft horses, and to me, sauropods are just giant reptilian draft horses. Although a draft horse contains a cerebral cortex, the sauropods are thought to have had a small cerebral cortex rather than the supposed amygdala. It is believed that like some snakes and reptiles, that these massive animals had some ability to learn from mistakes and reason. They were also capable of bonding with other sauropods to form larger herds.
This little fact absolutely boggles my mind, as it proves my long perceived notion that reptiles are also capable of emotion and thought. I always stood by the idea that my snakes had personalities and knew who I was. It was interesting to see how they reacted to each person and even together.