15 Unusual Prehistoric Creatures
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18.) Epidexipteryx: These small, feathered dinosaurs were found in the Inner Mongolia region of China. Their large display feathers were the earliest known representation of ornamental feathers in the fossil record.
A part-bird, part-dinosaur described in the journal Nature this week didn’t have feathers for flying, but did possess ostentatious ornamental plumage, including four tailfeathers three times longer than its pigeon-sized body. Epidexipteryx ("display" + "wing, feather") lived during the middle-to-late Jurassic, predating the famed Archaeoptryx, and represents an alternative evolutionary pathway from dinosaurs to birds.
This bird-like dinosaur reveals an interesting part about the evolutionary history of birds. This member of the Scansoriopterygidae had no flight feathers, but it did have four long tail feathers. These feathers were likely used in displays. Due to its age (It lived in China around 152 to 168 million years ago), it provides evidence that feathers evolved several million years before flight did (not surprisingly). It was also one of the smallest dinosaurs, reaching just 10"
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Prehistoric Fish... Maybe not a current phylogeny
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Elasmotherium, a very large rhino-like creature that roamed the open steppes and grasslands of central Asia in prehistoric times.
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Elasmotherium was undeniably huge; it has been described as standing up to 9 feet tall with a total body length of up to 20 feet. At over 7 tons it would have easily outweighed an elephant. And its horn? Up to 6 feet in length!
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Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. Then came the birds. After the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago, insects got smaller despite rising oxygen levels, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. Then came the birds. After the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago, insects got smaller despite rising oxygen levels, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz."
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Insect Wing Fossil: Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. Then came the birds. After the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago, insects got smaller despite rising oxygen levels, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. Then came the birds, insects got smaller despite rising oxygen levels, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz." eeeeek!!
Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen.
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Eurypterid Fossil, Sea Scorpion, an extinct group of Anthropods related to Arachnids from the Paleozoic Period 417-354 Million Years Ago, Six Feet Long
Eurypterid (sea scorpions) are an extinct group of arthropods related to arachnids which include the largest known arthropods that ever lived -this is terrifying
Mixopterus, a type of Eurypterid, or "sea scorpion." Eurypterids lived from the Ordovician to Permian.
"Eurypterid (sea scorpions) are an extinct group of arthropods related to arachnids which include the largest known arthropods that ever lived" To me, it's difficult to categorize anything that lived in the ocean as extinct when we are in no way qualified to make that assumption-- being ourselves land-dwelling animals who still haven't discovered all land-dwelling species. We'll just say he's extinct... for now.
Eurypterid (sea scorpions) are an extinct group of arthropods. Some were a couple of metres long.
☆ Mixopterus kiaeri, Giant Eurypterid are an extinct group of arthropods - In fact, they are closely related to land scorpions and other arachnids.. Because of the long tail and spine like appendage at the tip of the tail the Eurypterids have been called " sea scorpions." The original fossil from which this cast was made is valued between $30,000 to $40,000 dollars, and resides in the Paleontology Museum in Oslo, Norway ☆
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Megalodon fossil tooth
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An 18cm (7.1") long Megalodon tooth from the Atacama desert of Chile. A very small number of Megalodon teeth legitimately over 7 inches have been found. This would have correlated to a massive shark about 50-60 feet in lenght.
Megalodon fossil tooth. I found some of these about 25 miles inland from Charelston. Do not have any this size though. Used them to make necklaces.
Megalodon fossil tooth .... that is a rather giant shark tooth -- sometimes it's a good thing some of these guys are extinct
This is a Megalodon's tooth. A type of prehistoric shark that lived in the Eocene period
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Megalodon (Shark!) fossil tooth, let's hope they're extinct!
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Megalodon fossil tooth #xmas_present
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The Archelon is the largest sea turtle species ever discovered. It lived during a time when most of North America was covered by a shallow ocean, about 75-65 million years ago. THATS A BIG TURTLE
Prehistoric Sea Turtle: Archelon ischyros, the giant sea turtle, lived around 75-65 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period, a time when North America was mostly covered by a shallow, tropical sea. About 4m (13ft) long and 4.9m (16ft) wide, it is estimated to have weighed more than 2200kg or 4900lb and may have had a life span of around a century.
The Archelon, largest sea turtle species ever discovered, lived when North America was covered by a shallow ocean, about 75-65 million years ago.
[The Archelon is the largest sea turtle species ever discovered. It lived during a time when most of North America was covered by a shallow ocean, about 75-65 million years ago.] It might be disturbing to some people, but I've always found bones and fossils and other old stuff interesting.
The Archelon: largest sea turtle species ever discovered. It lived during a time when most of N A was covered by a shallow ocean, about 75-65 Ma
archelon | the largest sea turtle species ever discovered. it lived approximatley 75-65 million years ago.
The Prehistoric Sea Turtle: Archelon. Whatttttttt.
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Crinoid Sea Lily Fossil (from PaleoDirect)
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Crinoid Sea Lily Fossil, a large prehistoric SEA LILY of the species Scyphocrinus elegans, South Morocco, via paleodirect.com #science #anthropology #fossil
Crinoid sea lily fossil of the species Scyphocrinus elegans, South Morocco, via paleodirect.com #nature #fossil #crinoid
Crinoid Sea Lily Fossil- large prehistoric SEA LILY of species Scyphocrinus elegans, South Morocco, via paleodirect.com
Crinoid Sea Lily Fossil (from PaleoDirect) Should this be pinned on my 'Gardening' board, perhaps?
Crinoid Sea Lily Fossil, a large prehistoric SEA LILY
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Tremendously detailed Crinoid Sea Lily Fossil,
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Alfons and Adrie Kennis
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Depictions of prehistoric animals by Dutch brothers Alfons and Adrie Kennis. Beautiful textures, shapes, backgrounds.
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Alfons and Adrie Kennis. Prehistoric elephant creature.
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Prehistoric Hyper-carnivorous Whale?! by Sid Perkins, Science News What would you get if you crossed a whale with a shark? Maybe something like Leviathan melvillei, a long-extinct, hypercarnivorous whale with teeth longer than any T. rex ever had. L. melvillei — a newly described sperm whale named to honor Herman Melville, author of the whaling novel Moby-Dick — lived between 12 million and 13 million years ago, says Olivier Lambert, a vertebrate paleontologist at the National Museum of N...
Cross a whale with a shark to get maybe something like Leviathan melvillei: a long-extinct, hypercarnivorous whale with teeth longer than any T. rex ever had. It's a newly described sperm whale named to honor Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick. It lived between 12 -13 million yrs ago (says Olivier Lambert) and is known only from remains of a jawbone & skull found in southern Peru, Nov '08. Researchers estimate that Leviathan measured between 44- 57 ft in length, slightly sm...
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GIANT WHALE-EATING WHALE FOUND June 30, 2010 - The massive skull and jaw of a 13-million-year-old sperm whale has been discovered eroding from the windblown sands of a coastal desert of Peru. The extinct cousin of the modern sperm whale is the first fossil to rival modern sperm whales in size -- although this is a very different beast, say whale evolution experts.
"Behold Leviathan Livyatan: the sperm whale that killed other whales" "Leviathan was at the very top of the food chain and probably hunted medium-sized baleen whales. It lived at a time when these whales started becoming much bigger and were diversifying. Rich in fat, they would have provided a great source of energy for the giant predator. (Image by C.Letenneur)"
Giant Whale-Eating Whale Found The skull of the 12–13 million-year-old sperm whale fossil found off the coast of Peru measures an astounding 10 feet long.
The giant sperm whale Leviathan melvilleiis is illustrated attacking a medium-size baleen whale off the coast of the area now occupied by Peru.
The Leviathan melvillei, discovered in 2010 and named after Herman Melville for his novel, Moby Dick. Depicted preying on a baleen whale, it was comparable in size to a modern sperm whale and had fearsome teeth.
Cool article about newly discovered fossil of a whale-eating whale, 13 million years old. Favorite sentence, about modern sperm whales: "They suck down squid like large spaghetti noodles rather than catch the prey with their teeth." The best part: new species name is Leviathan melvillei. Herman would be so proud! Story by Larry O'Hanlon, illustration by C. Letenneur, via pin by Arinn Dembo.
Discovery News > Animal News > Giant Whale-Eating Whale Found Giant Whale-Eating Whale Found The skull of the 12–13 million-year-old sperm whale fossil found off the coast of Peru measures an astounding 10 feet long.
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The hypercarnivorous Livyatan melvillei
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But not just this giant armadillo. Giant sloths, four-tusked elephants, and a whole bunch of other ancient mammals that roamed the earth over 10,000 years ago also all played a role.
Glyptodon ... Related to modern armadillos, this massive armoured mammal was the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Glyptodon lived in South America and went extinct 10,000 years ago. It is believed that the first people in South America hunted them and used their shells as a shelter.
** example of huuugee fiat sized armadillo I think from south america ice age mammals - Glyptodonts...much larger relatives of the modern armadillo
This armadillo/beaver thing was the size of my car!!! Apparently there aren't just dwarf armadillos, lol. Glyptodon ... This large mammal with armor was the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Glyptodon was living in the Southern America and they extinct 10.000 years ago. It is believed that the ancient people were hunting them and used their shells as a shelter.
Glyptodon was a large, armored mammal. A relative of armadillos that lived during the Pleistocene epoch. It was roughly the same size and weight as a Volkswagen Beetle, though flatter in shape. With its rounded, bony shell and squat limbs, it superficially resembled turtles, and the much earlier dinosaurian ankylosaur, as an example of the convergent evolution of unrelated lineages into similar forms
The modern avocado evolved thanks to some of the giant fauna of the early Cenozoic era. Giant megafauna that could swallow avocados whole must have found them a satisfyingly fatty meal. As they wandered, they spread the seeds throughout South America. We owe the delicious variety of this creamy fruit to the dedicated "farming" habits of the giant ground sloth, Megatherium, and the Volkswagen Beetle-sized armadillo, Glyptodon (pictured), among others. Thanks!
Modern armadillos are tiny, inoffensive creatures that will curl up into softball-sized lumps if you so much as look at them cross-eyed. That's not the case with Glyptodon, a one-ton Pleistocene armadillo roughly the size and shape of a classic Volkswagen Beetle. Amazingly, the early human settlers of South America used Glyptodon shells to shelter themselves from the elements--and also hunted this gentle creature to extinction for its meat, which could feed an entire tribe for days.
This Ancient Giant Armadillo Is Responsible For Giving Us The Avocado
Basilosaurus (ancient fresh-water whale)
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Basilosaurus a prehistoric whale
Dunkleosteus and a Devonian Coelacanth
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The 15 largest active predators ever.
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The fifteen largest known active predators, extinct or alive. Wait a minute, extinct animals didn't have a chance to evolve; those who didn't go extinct just didn't evolve. Makes sense? Eh... what evolved?
The fifteen largest known active predators, extinct or alive comparison chart. White shark is not even in top 15. Some perspective.
so cool. the largest creatures to swim/ walk the face of the earth.
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A trilobite fossil minus the rock around it.
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Trilobite Fossil minus rock formation.... the most beautiful of them all
A trilobite fossil minus the rock around it. A most beautiful specimen
A Trilobite fossil minus the rock around it. By Alex Treadway.
a trilobite fossil minus the rock around it (via #spinpicks)
Amazing trilobite fossil minus the rock around it...
trilobite fossil minus the rock.
Strange animals of Life Before Dinosaurs (Permian Period) Dinogorgon Skull Photograph by Jonathan Blair A quarter of a billion years ago, long before dinosaurs or mammals evolved, the 10-foot (0.3-meter) predator Dinogorgon, whose skull is shown here, hunted floodplains in the heart of today's South Africa. In less than a million years Dinogorgon vanished in the greatest mass extinction ever, along with about nine of every ten plant and animal species on the planet.
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Awesome dinosaur skull.