It's hard to imagine dinosaurs being afraid of anything, aside from attacks from other dinosaurs. But scientists have just discovered the fossil of a behemoth creature that did just that, preying on dinosaurs. Dear god.
Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding.
Todd May found this monstrous object while on a hike near his home in Ogden, Utah. He believes it to be a fossilized head of a Bigfoot. May's proof is that he's seen a few Bigfoots before, giant apelike creatures, and this rock... we mean fossil... totally looks just like the monsters he saw.
Jesse Carlucci, a university professor in Geoscience, has confirmed that it's definitely a big, weathered rock that kind of looks like a face. Despite that, May is on a mission to make sure the world knows that Bigfoot is real, and he has proof. He says the professor is wrong, and that he would see that if he looked at the "head" in person. According to May, most people commenting on his find are just jealous. He told Times Record News, "There's haters out there, other Bigfoot enthusiasts that don't like that I found something first."
Fossils of a prehistoric creature called the Siberian Unicorn, or Elasmotherium sibiricum, have been found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan. Most depictions of this animal show it looking kind of like a cross between a rhinoceros and a donkey rather than a noble horse.
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Though the Siberian Unicorn is decidedly less majestic than you might expect, this find is still pretty big news. Scientists thought that the species died out at least 350,000 years ago but that's not the case. These new fossils place it at around 29,000 years ago according to a study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences.
The fossil of an ancient shrimp-like crustacean has been discovered with possibly the most well-preserved nervous system ever found. It's called a Chengjiangocaris kunmingensis and it lived 520 million years ago. This specimen doesn't only show large nerve clusters as pictured. Some of the finest fibers of nerve tissue are also observable under a microscope.
Scientists are hoping that this fossil will give new insight into the evolution of nervous systems, particularly in modern worms and arthropods who are both related to this animal.
Have you ever wanted to see a 99 million-year-old spider penis? I bet you thought that wasn't even an option but here it is, preserved in amber:
Newly discovered Brazilian fossils reveal four things we never before knew about snakes.
Live Science reported that ancestors of modern snakes actually had four legs July 23. Though they might not be used how you would think.
The roughly 120-million-year-old snake, dubbed Tetrapodophis amplectus (literally, four-legged snake), likely didn't use its feet for walking. Instead, the appendages may have helped Tetrapodophis hold onto a partner while mating, or even grip unruly prey, said study co-researcher David Martill, a professor of paleobiology at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.
Fossils had previously been found showing snakes with two legs, but these provide the first such examples of a quadruped serpent.
You gotta love this quote from Professor Martill:
"I thought, 'Bloody hell, it's got back legs!'" Martill said. "It had front legs. Nobody had ever seen a snake before with four legs, and yet evolutionary theory predicts that there should be an animal that is transitional between four-legged lizards and snakes, and here it was."
Here's the whole of the discovered fossil:
From that distance, you might be tricked into believing this 120 million old thing was just identical to any old snake you'd find anywhere.
But zooming in closer, it reveals that modern-day snakes evolved from ancestors that had four legs.
Look at its little foot!
A closer shot shows just how developed the bones were in those appendages.
This artist's rendition shows how that fierce little creature might look while it prepares breakfast.
Discovery of the feathered dinosaur, dubbed Changyuraptor yangi ("great feather" in Chinese), adds to the roster of feathered raptor dinosaurs with hind wings found in northeastern China in the past two decades. It is the biggest one found so far, and the fifth such species.
Paleontologists from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio have unearthed around 150 fossilized dinosaur bones, representing seven of what's believed to be the largest known dinosaur to have ever walked the Earth, in the desert about 135 miles west of the city of Trelew in Argentina. The seven are currently thought to be a new species of titanosaur, a group of particularly tall and heavy dinosaur herbivores.