Monday March 10, 2014
Paleontologists love to give their discoveries "chimeric" names that attract coverage in the popular media--the Horse Dragon, the Duck Croc and the Frogamander, to name just three recent examples. Here are the 10 most famous real-life chimeras
in the history of paleontology.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Not every dinosaur named in the 19th century has lasted into the 21st. Here are 10 dinosaurs that didn't make the cut, ranging from Ceratops to Zapsalis, and including one genus that references a very sensitive part of the human anatomy.
Illustration of Laelaps: Charles R. Knight
Monday March 3, 2014
Believe it or not, the ultimate ancestors of modern whales were small, dog-sized prehistoric mammals that prowled the riverbeds of central Asia 50 million years ago. Here's everything you need to know about whale evolution, including a comprehensive list of prehistoric whale species.
Illustration of Georgiacetus: Nobu Tamura
Thursday February 27, 2014
From the Giant Wombat to the Saber-Tooth Tiger, the Cenozoic Era was chock-full of oversized, menacing, and vaguely comical-looking mammals. Here's a picture gallery of over 60 megafauna mammals, ranging from Aepycamelus to Uintatherium.
Illustration of Teleoceras: Heinrich Harder