This kind of preservation is largely found in dinosaur fossils within the Jurassic Morrison Formation, a sedimentary rock formation found in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. [Image via http://imgur.com/gallery/2OFmi]
My last weird and awesome skull post was really popular, so I decided to do one about something else I’m excessively interested in: Megafauna! This isn’t at all a comprehensive list of the coolest ones, not by a long shot, so you should definitely look up some of the BBC docs on Youtube or google ones from your continent!
The cave bear! (N. America)
‘Hell Pigs’ (N. America) Actually entelodonts, unrelated to pigs at all and more closely tied to hippos and cetaceans! Dat sagittal crest amirite
The Stag Moose @allosauroid brought to my attention that this is the skull of the
Irish elk, Megaloceros, not a stag moose! (Eurasia) Which stood 6 foot at the shoulder/withers
Platybelodon (widespread) Google artist renditions of these guys, you won’t be disappointed
Barbourofelis! (N. America) Like a smaller smilodon, with much cooler teeth. Look at those incisors!
Megatherium (S. America) Primitive sloths the size of elephants!
Titanus Walleri (N. America) Other continents had equally large if not larger ‘terror birds’
Paraceratherium (Eurasia) One of the largest terrestrial mammals we’ve ever discovered. It was actually a species of hornless rhino! Google artist recs of these guys, too
Diprotodon (Australia) The largest known marsupial, which was the size of a hippopotamus and stood 6 feet tall
I saved Glyptodon (S. America) for last, because these things have some of the weirdest skulls I’ve ever seen. They were technically armadillos, but reached the size of a Volkswagen Beetle!
Got an extra $750k burning a hole in your pocket? Sounds like you need to buy the largest fossil crocodile ever found in Green River, Wyoming! It’s 50 million years old, so you’re only paying 1.5 cents per year ;)
Soo many amazing things to see at the Tucson Fossil & Mineral shows! Spread between 58 locations, it’s basically a Where’s Waldo of dinosaurs.
Despite that there are about 600 Crinoid species, they’ve mostly gone extinct. Being a marine animal, their fossils are mostly found in thick limestone beds dating to the mid-to-late-Paleozoic. [http://bit.ly/2j9r9ml]
One of the first jawed vertebrates and one of the largest of the armored fishes called placoderms, Dunkleosteous was an aggressive predator. Serrated jawbones regenerated as they were worn down, and stayed razor-sharp by rubbing against the opposing blade. Learn more about Dunkleosteous.
My dad found my loot from when I was 8 and went fossil-panning at the Dinosaur Store! The store clerk was a little worried by my intensity and focus when they let me loose in the glorified sandbox. I had a blast… what a nice little nostalgic find!