They thought they were dragons, demons, monsters, gods?

Let us all sit back and imagine our ancestors stumbling across a dinosaur skeleton and what they might have thought it was. After all, there is a good possibility that these are where the stories of dragons basically come from. Did they think the land with the skeleton was sacred? Was it to be feared? Without having knowledge of dinosaurs, what would be your first thoughts about a T.Rex skeleton if you stumbled across one? I’m not sure who the artist is but this sparks my imagination. #jurassicjabber #paleontology #tyrannosaurusrex#ancestors #paleoart

Perfectly Preserved Giant Moa footprints!

These amazing MOA Footprints are finally being cut and transferred. “We are so excited to announce that the Otago Museum team along with colleagues from the University of Otago have been excavating a major discovery of SEVEN MOA FOOTPRINTS for the past few days.” You can read more about their story here: https://otagomuseum.nz/…/ara-moa-a-hidden-pathway-of-lost-…/ Image credit: Kane Fleury, Otago Museum Collection. Moas were nine species (in six genera) of now-extinct flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The two largest species, Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae, reached about 3.6 m (12 ft) in height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230 kg (510 lb). It is estimated t

Meet Ambopteryx longibrachium - Half Bat Half Bird

More than 160 million years ago, the forests of ancient China were home to a bizarre predator: a tiny dinosaur that glided from tree to tree with leathery, bat-like wings. The newfound fossil, unveiled today in the journal Nature, is just the second feathered dinosaur found with signs of large membranes on its wings. Fitting, then, that the animal's newly assigned genus name is Ambopteryx: Latin for “both wings.” “The most exciting thing, for me, is that it shows that some dinosaurs evolved very different structures to become volant,” or capable of some form of flight, says lead study author Min Wang, a paleontologist at China's Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology. Amb

Australian blue tongue lizard ancestor was round-in-the-tooth

The reassembled skull bones of Egernia gillespieae, a 15 million year old skink from Riversleigh World Heritage Area of northwestern Queensland.Remarkably similar to modern social skinks. Reconstruction of the most complete fossil lizard found in Australia, a 15 million year old relative of our modern blue tongues and social skinks named Egernia gillespieae, reveals the creature was equipped with a robust crushing jaw and was remarkably similar to modern lizards. A new study lead by Flinders University PHD student Kailah Thorn, published in the journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, combined the anatomy of of living fossils with DNA data to put a time scale on the family tree of Australia's 's

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