The Loch Ness Monster is often identified as a sauropod dinosaur, or a type of marine reptile known as a plesiosaur. What do we really know about this supposed "monster," and how do the myths match up with the established facts? Here are 10 facts about the Loch Ness Monster.
Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster: Wikimedia Commons
What, exactly, is involved in "de-extincting" a long-vanished species like the Woolly Mammoth or the Saber-Tooth Tiger? Here are the 10 steps involved in a de-extinction program, some of which are more within the reach of current science than others.
Illustration of the Woolly Mammoth: Wikimedia Commons
Since Woolly Mammoths are often found preserved in permafrost, they would seem to be ideal candidates for cloning. But how close are we to actually breeding a living, breathing Mammoth?
Photograph of a Woolly Mammoth skeleton: Wikimedia Commons
Mastodons coexisted with Mammoths for almost a million years, until both of these prehistoric elephants went extinct shortly after the last Ice Age. Here are 10 facts about Mastodons.
Illustration of the North American Mastodon: Charles R. Knight
With new advances in DNA technology, it may be possible to "de-extinct" animals that disappeared off the face of the earth hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago, like the Dodo Bird or the Woolly Mammoth. But just because de-extinction is achievable, does that mean we should sanction it?
Illustration of a Woolly Mammoth herd: Heinrich Harder
The fossils of the Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus, have been found in Europe by the tens of thousands. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this famous Pleistocene ursine.
Photograph of a Cave Bear skull: Wikimedia Commons
It may seem hard to believe, but modern whales evolved from terrestrial, dog-sized mammals that roamed the plains of central Asia about 50 million years ago. Here's the story of cetacean evolution, along with profiles of the most important prehistoric whale species.
Illustration of Ambulocetus: H. Kyoht Luterman
It's a little-known fact that what you choose as your favorite dinosaur speaks volumes about your intelligence and personality. Here's what it means if you can't spend a day without touching base at least once with a T. Rex, Stegosaurus, or other breed of dinosaur.
Illustration of Triceratops: Karen Carr
The Tasmanian Tiger wasn't really a tiger, but a dog-like marsupial that went extinct in the 20th century. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this striped predator.
Photograph of the Tasmanian Tiger: Wikimedia Commons
Did the feathered dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period learn to fly by running on the ground or jumping from tree to tree? Here's what we know about the origins of flight among the dino-birds of the Mesozoic Era.
Illustration: Luis Rey