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What’s an Octopus Fossil Look Like?

As boneless, gelatinous bags, octopuses rarely find themselves preserved as fossils but just this week it was announced in the journal Palaeontology that three new 95,000,000 year old octopus fossils have been discovered. These are the oldest on record. So what does an octopus fossil look like? Apparently, like something your elementary school child would…

Scientists in Madagascar recently discovered the remains of a giant prehistoric frog, a relative of today’s horned toads, which blew away the previous record for the largest known frog, Bennicus Bleimanicus. Dubbed Beelzebufo, meaning “frog from hell,” the Devil Frog had important differences from today’s frogs. To begin with, it was freakin huge. Susan Evans,…

Dr. Emily Rayfield, a researcher at the University of Bristol has pioneered methods using computer modeling to determine dinosaur physiology. Research by Dr. Rayfield just published in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontolology sheds new light on the feeding habits of Baryonyx, which had a body similar to meat eating dinosaurs but now appears to have…

An artist’s rendering of what Pseudotribos robustus or a weasel-possum-lizard, might have looked like 165 million years ago In the November 1st, issue of Nature, a joint American and Chinese research team announced the discovery of a long dead prehistoric mammal with an interesting set of chompers. Although the teeth were very similar in form…

Where Have All the Monster Bugs Gone?

Although most humans probably do not lament the disappearance of dog-sized insects, a handful of scientists do. These scientists obviously don’t watch the same movies we do. Recently, a group of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source along with some other researchers from less badass sounding institutions used advanced x-ray equipment to try…

Giant Prehistoric Organism Identified

For over a century the nature of prototaxites has been a source of mystery and debate among scientists. Growing over 20 feet tall and a yard wide, the organism grew straight up like a tree trunk, but had no leaves or branches. Prototaxites fossils from between 420 and 350 million years ago have been found…

This is exhibit is right up our alley. For the next few months, the Pittsburgh Museum of Natural History is displaying strange prehistoric critters as part of its “Bizarre Beasts” series. Descriptions provided by the Museum.Helicoprion A coil of teeth caps the lower jaw of a sculpture of a 13-foot (4-meter) whorl-tooth shark, or Helicoprion,…