This is a well preserved fossil lobster of the species Eryma modestiformis from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone in Germany.  The Sonhofen limetones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has let to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries.  The fossils that are actually quite rare in the formation are found as a by product of the stone quarrying.

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Nest of Young Dinosaurs with ‘Babysitter’ Discovered

A nest of baby dinosaurs with what might have been a juvenile babysitter sitting atop them has been discovered in China, researchers say.

These findings help shed light on how sociable these ancient reptiles might have been, scientists added.

The oldest known dino nesting sites are 190 million years old, and their existence suggests that even the earliest dinosaurs may have exhibited complex family behaviors.  Read more…

Trying to imagine a version of Jurassic Park / World where the dinosaurs were actual theropod-frog hybrids, instead of scaleless dinosaurs stuck in the early 1990s. Here is the hybrid killer dinosaur “Indominus,” with its great-white-shark-sized, armoured tadpole. If the makers of the Jurassic Park series have thrown scientific accuracy out of the window, they may as well have some extra fun by going all the way with monster dinosaur/frog mash-ups that have all the monster-y superpowers of amphibians.


A beautifully articulated, rear paddle of a 183 million year old Ichthyosaur. The paddle is approximately 8 inches long. It comes from the Posidonia Shale Formation formation in Southern Germany.

Ichthyosaurs (“Fish Lizard”) was a giant marine reptile which thrived from much of the Mesozoic era. They evolved in the mid Triassic from a group of unidentified land reptiles which transition back into the water. This line evolved in parallel to the ancestors of todays dolphins and whales, something known as convergent evolution.

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Theropods in the AMNH
They for sure love Struthiomimus :P And you can also see the famous Deinocheirus arms. a Dilophosaurus skull, an Ornitholestes (with oviratorids skulls at the bottom) , an Albertosaurus/Gorgosaurus libratus skull and 2 Coelophysis.
Photos taken in 2014 by me.

Terópodos en el AMNH
De hecho que aman los Struthiomimus :P Y también puedes ver los famosos brazos del Deinocherius, un cráneo de Dilophosaurus, un Ornitholestes (abajo unos cráneos de ovirraptóridos), el cráneo de un Albertosaurus o Gorgosaurus y unos Coelophysis.
Fotos mías tomadas en 2014.

Ichthyosaur fossil skull (Temnodontosaurus platydon) discovered on the Jurassic Coast at Charmouth in Dorset, UK.  This 1.5 meter long skull possessing a formidable array of razor sharp teeth was acquired by the Lyme Regis Museum.  The fossil was found by local collector, Mike Harrison.

Ichthyosaurs were large, extinct marine reptiles that first appeared 250 million years ago and survived until about 90 million years ago.  Some species could reach gigantic proportions of over 40 feet in length. 

The discovery of these unsuspected extinct group of marine reptiles in the 19th century generated much publicity, capturing the imagination of both scientists and the public at large. People were fascinated by the strange build of the animals, especially the large scleral rings in the eye sockets.

*Photograph by Richard Austin.

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A heavily pyritized Pleuroceras ammonite fossil collected near Forcheim, Germany. It’s Jurassic, Pliensbachian stage or approximately 185 million years old. You can feel the heft of the iron pyrite in the specimen when you hold it in your hand.  Naturally the color is much duller but these specimens have been brushed with a wire brush to create a brilliant gold shine.  Just added for sale at

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