Qinlingosaurus was a sauropod found in the Hongtuling Formation, Qinling Mountain Range, Shaanxi Province, China. It lived in maybe the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous, between 72 and 66 million years ago. Its only known from limited remains and thus can only be classified as som sort of sauropod, though Eusauropoda or even Neosauropoda seems possible.
A new species of an extintc chimaeraEdaphodon snowhillensis is described based on a complete dentition collected in the Snow Hill Island Formation of James Ross Island, Antarctica.
Edaphodon snowhillensis represents the most complete dentition of a holocephalian fish from the Southern Hemisphere and the earliest record of the genus Edaphodon from the Antarctic and the Weddellian Biogeographic Province. Also, E. snowhillensis is the southernmost specimen of this genus and according to the size of the tooth plates is one of the largest chimaeroid fish known.
A-Vomerine Tooth Plates. B-Palatine Tooth Plates.C- Mandibular Tooth Plates. D- Comparative reconstruction of E. snowhillensis, silhouette in gray above and Chimaera monstrosa line drawing below.
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t’s like a prehistoric turducken, but on a colossal scale: Scientists in Egypt have discovered the remains of a 40 million-year-old whale with another whale inside it, and researchers believe the two were then eaten by sharks.
The smaller whale found inside the fossils of the 60-foot-long basilosaurus may have been a fetus. However, basilosaurus had some pretty unusual dining habits. Like today’s orcas, this fierce and ancient predator was known to eat other whales, so the whale inside might not have been a fetus so much as a meal. Read more…
The largest snake fossil ever found is the Titanoboa. It lived over 60 million years ago and reached over 50 feet (over 15 meters) long. It weighed more than 20 people and ate crocodiles and giant tortoises.
A new model for the creature includes a ring of teeth around its mouth, a simple pair of eyes, and a foregut lined with tiny little teeth. The discovery means that Hallucigenia not only makes sense now — it’s also way scarier than we thought.
When fossil experts first clapped eyes on the skull, it was clearly from a strange, horned dinosaur. When they noticed how stunted the bony horns were, its nickname, Hellboy, was assured.
The near-complete skull of the 70 million-year-old beast was spotted by chance 10 years ago, protruding from a cliff that runs along the Oldman river south of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
Painstakingly excavated, cleaned up and measured since then, the fossilised remains have now been identified as a relative of the three-horned triceratops, and the first example of a horned dinosaur to be found in that region of North America.
Some 240 million years ago, this 8-inch-long critter lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn’t have the kind of shell modern turtles have, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
“It has the real beginnings of the belly shell developing,” says Sues, “little rib-like structures beginning to fuse together into larger plates.”
The American robin lent its name to a striking shade of blue, but the vivid hue may have been colouring eggs long before the bird evolved – perhaps long before any birds evolved. It may have appeared in the dinosaur ancestors of birds that lived 150 million years ago.
The recent discovery of the first, nearly complete Torvosaurus in Colorado has unveiled the ruler of the real Jurassic World. Dubbed “Elvis”, this gigantic Megalosaur is the largest complete predatory dinosaur from the Jurassic; as big as T-Rex, but more than twice as old. Read more…
Who doesn’t want their very own pet trilobite? Now you can have one too!
It’s easy to find plush models of large prehistoric animals like dinosaurs, mammoths, and saber-tooth cats. But here at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), we recognize that creatures both large and small are a huge part of life on Earth. Our wildly successful plushie line, Paleozoic Pals, was designed to bring lesser-known and lesser sized -yet just as important- fossil creatures to life for the community of scientists, students, and the public as a whole to enjoy.