Tetrapod Zoology


What the hell is it then? I know, I know, dead easy.


  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    September 23, 2008


    A golden mole from very close up?

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    September 23, 2008

    A pterosaur? Must be, that’s all the rage here at the moment.

  3. #3 Zach Miller
    September 23, 2008

    Best I can say is a xenarthan. I know, I suck.

  4. #4 adam Yates
    September 23, 2008

    Its a tamandua

  5. #5 guest
    September 23, 2008

    giant sloth?

  6. #6 DunkTheBiscuit
    September 23, 2008

    A Pangolin of some description? Looks anteater-ish…

  7. #7 gostone
    September 23, 2008


  8. #8 Tilsim
    September 23, 2008

    Some kind of giant armadillo? But (seemingly) not enough toes for a glyptodon. But they didn’t have scaly legs either did they?

  9. #9 William Miller
    September 23, 2008

    Ummm … crud. This is supposed to be easy? (The filename doesn’t give a hint, either.)

    It’s not for walking on. I don’t think it’s a flipper or a flightless bird’s limb. So it looks like a burrowing animal. I don’t know of any reptiles or dinosaurs with burrowing limbs that specialized, so I’m going to have to go with mammal.

    My guess: mole, and the scaly limb shown behind it is a red herring. I found a picture of a “borrowing mole” (sic) that had forearms like this.

  10. #10 Dartian
    September 23, 2008

    I’m also guessing armadillo. Most likely a giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus); less likely a naked-tailed armadillo (Cabassous sp.).

  11. #11 David Marjanovi?
    September 23, 2008

    It is a mammal (forget the scaly background), and it’s not a walrus or anything else aquatic.

  12. #12 tai haku
    September 23, 2008

    One of the ground sloths?

  13. #13 Jerzy
    September 23, 2008

    Golden mole?

  14. #14 Smnt2000
    September 23, 2008

    giant sloth or another type of giant mammal, like a chalicothere or i don’t know

  15. #15 William Miller
    September 23, 2008

    I think you’re right Dartian; it looks like Priodontes. That has pretty huge claws, but I guess they’re not preserved. (It is very scaly, so maybe the background isn’t a red herring after all!)

  16. #16 Adam Yates
    September 23, 2008

    I was just about to write that armadillos don’t fit because they have to many digits and lack that crazy enlarged central claw. Nevertheless some googling shows that amongst armadillos, Priodontes really does have a manus like this. Well done Dartian.

  17. #17 Dillo
    September 23, 2008

    I’m going to have to go with Priodontes as well. Those claws look to be much more representative of Dasypodidae than other possibilities that have been mentioned so far.

  18. #18 HA HA HA
    September 23, 2008

    giannt clowan.

  19. #19 Sven DiMilo
    September 23, 2008

    or ground sloth

  20. #20 Moopheus
    September 23, 2008

    Hank Paulson, when he takes the mask off.

  21. #21 erik lyon
    September 23, 2008

    pangolin, duh

  22. #22 Brandon
    September 23, 2008

    It’s not necessarily giant. Maybe the camera is really zoomed in?

  23. #23 William Miller
    September 23, 2008

    Hey, no one’s suggested ropen! Or gorgonopsian!

  24. #24 David Tosics
    September 23, 2008

    Its a man in an ape suit, I’m sure.

  25. #25 Mark Evans
    September 23, 2008

    I remember seeing this one, and the thing behind isn’t a red herring, or even a red ropen!

  26. #26 tj
    September 23, 2008

    Damn, Dartian already got it. Priodontes.

  27. #27 Nathan Myers
    September 23, 2008

    With an ulna like that, who needs… um…

    Prize for finishing the sentence.

  28. #28 Zach Miller
    September 23, 2008

    A radius?

  29. #29 Steve Bodio
    September 23, 2008


  30. #30 Dr. Nick
    September 23, 2008

    Well, I wish I could say it’s a Manis manus, but I agree it looks more like Priodontes.

  31. #31 Jared
    September 23, 2008

    Definitely Priodontes.

  32. #32 Quietman
    September 23, 2008

    Lets see, 4 toed and digit 2 is all claw w/ digit 4 reduced to a stub. It looks more reptilian or avian than mammilian but the bones are too robust for a bird so I am thinking theropod dinosaur and assume I see a radius and ulna.

  33. #33 Quietman
    September 23, 2008

    Looking again I see another digit, a “thumb” making the long finger/toe the index and digit 3 a giant claw and digit 4 a large claw with digit 5 reduced. Still think it’s a theropod.

  34. #34 Quietman
    September 24, 2008

    Silly me. Xenarthra: armadillos, anteaters & sloths.
    I knew it looked familiar. Giant armadillo.

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