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“This dragonfly, preserved in the limestone of Solnhofen, Bavaria, lived millions of years ago.” Insects; the yearbook of agriculture, 1952.

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When I was young I was afraid of dragonflies. They were weird and almost alien in the way they moved. It was strong and lasted through my teens and into my twenties.

They are certainly remarkable creatures who can do things no other critter can.

I bet if I saw an abnormally large one those feelings would come back!

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3. From the Fog, by Holly Humphries (HolBolDoArt), via DeviantArt.

Watching this thing eat is a trip, man... it gets over you, then the big legs bend and it drops and the mouth tentacles engulf you.

H.P. would be proud.

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Tigbanua

another one for my personal project
a Tigbanua, a Ogre-like, Cyclops-like creature from Filipino Mythology
(that’s their nose by the way, not their eyes, hehehe)

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Looks like a critter that would not be a pleasure to engage in any way.

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5 Unexplained Sea Monsters That May Exist

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Mar 29, 2017

5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. In this video we countdown 5 unexplained sea monster that may exist. Whether they were real or legends, stories about sea monsters have always captured our imagination. Sea monsters are beings from folklore believed to dwell in the sea and often imagined to be of immense size. Marine monsters can take many forms, including sea dragons, sea serpents, or multi-armed beasts. In this video we countdown 5 sea monsters that may exist. Number 5 – Wollowa Lake Monster Number 4 – Varberg Fortress Monster Number 3 – The Seal Rock Monster Oregon Number 2 – Gloucester Sea Monster Number 1 – Lliamna Sea Monster Thank you for watching!

5 Unexplained Sea Monsters That May Exist #2

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Sep 25, 2017

5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. We take a look at 5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. Whether they were real or legends, stories about sea monsters have always captured our imagination. Sea monsters are beings from folklore believed to dwell in the sea and often imagined to be of immense size. Marine monsters can take many forms, including sea dragons, sea serpents, or multi-armed beasts. In this video we countdown 5 sea monsters that may exist. Thank you for watching! Thank you to CO.AG for the background music!

5 Unexplained Sea Monsters That May Exist #3

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Nov 22, 2017

5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. In this video we take a look at 5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. An aquatic environment consist of an ecosystem dependent or partially independent of some body of water. The two main types of aquatic ecosystems are marine ecosystems and freshwater ecosystems. An aquatic cryptid is a creature which lives in water for most or all of its life. In this video we take a look at 5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. Thank you for watching!

I like this guy and his vids. I am not aware, however, of any diving going on in Lake Vostok, as it’s a couple miles down and the hole is just big enough for instruments. So… that one I don’t subscribe to at all. Russians have been bullshitting the unexplained since I was in my twenties, at least, if not more. The other ones though… could be fake news… there was a ton of that in those times… but could also be quite real, so I can get behind those. Hey 14 out of 15 is pretty good, eh?

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When Gorgons Ruled the Earth

Ben G ThomasPublished on Nov 11, 2017

The Earth was a very different place 250 million years ago. The dinosaurs had not yet appeared, and instead ruled a very different group of animals; the Gorgonopsids. Thanks to Wretched for suggesting I make this video back in the Q&A!

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I really like the styling of these creatures and I am saddened that they died out. They must have been stunning!

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The first mention of the Loch Ness monster creature is from the story of the life St. Columba in 565 AD. The saint rescued a man from the monster and banished it.

— bigfootin, (not so scholarly a site, I’m afraid.).

This is true… it was reported that way, but, we wonder, just what the man saw and how exactly he “banished” it. We also wonder whether it actually happened, of course… who knows if it did, but something like it did, I’d bet.

The critter isn’t one of my top concerns these days. There once was a time though.

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Does Megalodon Still Exist?

Ben G Thomas
Published on Jul 29, 2018

Megalodon, the giant predatory fish of nightmares, was undoubtedly a magnificently terrifying creature. It’s also been the target of many claims that suggest it could still be alive today, and a lot of people on the internet seem to be convinced that this is the case. Therefore, here I’ll be reviewing the arguments that have been made in favour of Megalodon’s late-survival, and we’ll see if it is indeed possible that the monster shark lives.

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I would like to believe they are still with us, but Ben has once again produced a balanced and well thought out documentary that requires one to drop the emotions and just ponder the situation rationally. I will sday that the conclusions within are the most likely to be the proper ones.

See if you agree… I am pretty sure you will when all is said and done.

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These towering tendrils of cosmic dust and gas sit at the heart of M16, or the Eagle Nebula. The aptly named Pillars of Creation, featured in this stunning Hubble image, are part of an active star-forming region within the nebula and hide newborn stars in their wispy columns.

Although this is not Hubble’s first image of this iconic feature of the Eagle Nebula, it is the most detailed. The blue colors in the image represent oxygen, red is sulfur, and green represents both nitrogen and hydrogen. The pillars are bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young stars located just outside the frame. The winds from these stars are slowly eroding the towers of gas and dust.

Stretching roughly 4 to 5 light-years, the Pillars of Creation are a fascinating but relatively small feature of the entire Eagle Nebula, which spans 70 by 55 light-years. The nebula, discovered in 1745 by the Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, is located 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens. With an apparent magnitude of 6, the Eagle Nebula can be spotted through a small telescope and is best viewed during July. A large telescope and optimal viewing conditions are necessary to resolve the Pillars of Creation.

Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Such power to astound, doth Mother Nature have.

I want to go there.

Really.

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Created using still images taken by the Cassini spacecraft during it’s flyby of Jupiter and while at Saturn. Shown is Io and Europa over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/CICLOPS/Kevin M. Gill

Fabulous! Thanks, Kevin!

God, Mother Nature is majestic beyond words…

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Found this interesting topic on the ATS thread NASA Finds Perfectly Rectangular Iceberg In Antarctica As If It Was Deliberately Cut. It’s a story the OP found at Forbes in a post of nearly the same name, by Trevor Nace,
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NASA just shared a stunning image of a nearly perfect rectangular iceberg in Antarctica. The monolithic slab of ice, floating just off the Larsen C ice shelf appears quite unnatural given the 90-degree angles. NASA took the image as part of Operation IceBridge, a mission to image Earth’s polar regions in order to understand how ice (thickness, location, accumulation, etc.) has been changing in recent years. While the iceberg is quite strange to look at, it is an entirely natural phenomenon. Most of us are used to seeing pictures of angular icebergs with just a small tip jutting out of the water. However, there is an entirely different type of iceberg called tabular icebergs. Tabular icebergs have steep, nearly vertical sides and a flat plateau top. Tabular icebergs typically break off of ice shelves, which are tabular bodies of thick ice. When there is a clean calve of the iceberg, the angles can be close to 90 degrees. In this case, the iceberg is likely not very old as wind, waves and sea spray will eventually winnow away the sharp edges of this iceberg and round it out, Kelly Brunt, a NASA scientist, told Live Science.

UPDATENASA released more images of the rectangular iceberg, which you can see here.

Nifty keen, kids! These images are so strange … and quite beautiful.

Mother Nature is one stunning lady.

And here, just for fun, is a triangular iceberg. : )

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Wa hey!

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4 Real-Life Modern Sightings That Prove Living Dinosaurs Still Exist

Dark Matter
Published on Aug 17, 2017

Around 65 million years ago, all Dinosaurs, and most of the co-surviving lifeforms supposedly went extinct. But according to certain witnesses, a few managed to survive. So, from the Raptors of the US, to the T-Rex of Australia, Join us…
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Unfortunate that the word prove was placed in the title, but otherwise it’s quite a good piece.

5 Cryptid Sightings that Could Prove Dinosaurs Still Exist

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Published on Aug 9, 2016

The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event is the most famous case of mass destruction because it was greatly popularized by mankind’s vested interest in dinosaurs. While the scientific consensus is that no dinosaur survived to our times, there are multiple cryptid sightings that would suggest at least some of them might still be around.
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Here’s that word prove again. Sigh. Otherwise an alright piece. Not up to the other three, but okay.

3 Living Dinosaurs Seen in Real Life (And Their Explanations)

Ben G Thomas
Published on Jan 4, 2017

In this video I look at 3 claims of living dinosaurs and analyse and explain what the truth behind them really is. This more logical approach to considering what these accounts may be was inspired by palaeontologist Darren Naish’s book Hunting Monsters.

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Ben is a good guy and this is a nice piece.

5 Alleged Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Animal Sightings & Encounters

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Oct 5, 2017

5 alleged dinosaurs & prehistoric animal sightings & encounters. In this video we take a look at encounters of real living dinosaurs. Around the world there have been accounts of living dinosaurs. Many people over the world have reported having encounters with these supposed dinosaurs. From the congo to Papua New Guinea we countdown 5 alleged dinosaurs & prehistoric animal sightings & encounters.

Number 5 – Mokele Mbembe
Number 4 – New Guinea Iguanodon
Number 3 – Moa
Number 2 – Pterosaur Sightings
Number 1 – Dinosaur Sightings

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This is in the running for best of this batch, with Ben nipping at this one’s heels.

Please, for an excellent discussion, with fascinating information, on more real accounts that don’t focus on the usual suspects, but “everyday” ones like the Colorado / Wyoming critters and others – from the Middle Ages to the present – please read Evidence for the Co-Existence of Humans and Dinosaurs. You’re gonna love it.

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Giant Purple Isopod | Nautilus Live

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Published on Sep 1, 2014

NAUTILUS LIVE 2014 | E/V Nautilus is exploring the ocean studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. Watch www.nautiluslive.org for live video from the ocean floor. For live dive updates follow along on social media at www.facebook.com/nautiluslive and @evnautilus on Twitter. For more photos from our dives, check out our Instagram @nautiluslive.

Look familiar? This isopod is closely related to a much smaller land species – the common pill bug. We see a lot of them on the seafloor, but rarely any that are this brilliant purple color.

This big guy’s lookin’ mighty good in purple, don’tcha think?

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Well, this is very interesting.

The mic on the camera picks up some reasonably voluminous wind noise when pointed left but none at any other angle so it doesn’t support the wind theory much. Neither does the fact that the left swing is not doing anything at all.

The motion is quite consistent over the entire one minute nine second duration of the first video and the shorter second one, so, that also is not a plus for wind.

So, what’s happening?

A ghost? Some guy off-screen with a fishing line? Standing wave resonance? What?!

Curious minds want to know.

From LiveLeak does the ghost push the swing. Post text: “happened at village north Saudi Arabia.”

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Is St. George fighting a plesiosaur-inspired dragon in this 1678 illustration from Mundus Subterraneus? Abel (1939, also the source of this image) thought so, noting the shift towards plesiosaur-like proportions and anatomy compared to more conventional European dragon depictions of the time.

The giants and plesio-dragons of Mundus Subterraneus

Athanasius Kircher’s 1678 German textbook Mundus Subterraneus– an early thesis on geography, biology, mineralogy and geology – contains several illustrations of animals which may have been informed by fossils. They include many types of giant human, which were said to be social, cave-dwelling species based on the bones of large animals found in caves – almost certainly remnants of Pleistocene mammals. Kircher also wrote about several types of dragon, many of which were of period-typical, worm-like form, but Abel (1939) noted one unusual dragon illustration that may have been influenced by a real giant reptile: a plesiosaur.

The illustration is plesiosaur-like in many respects, with a barrel-like body, small head, long and slender neck, a true tail, and curiously small ‘paddle-like’ wings instead of broad, membranous wings typical of dragon depictions. It’s not a perfect plesiosaur depiction by any means – it also has ears, a beak, and four legs – but Abel (1939) considered this reinvention of dragon form so dramatic that it could represent the arrival of a new source of inspiration for dragon anatomy, of which plesiosaurs are a possible contender. Marine reptiles, including plesiosaurs, were almost certainly uncovered during quarrying work in the historic Swabia region (now southern Germany) as rocks we now call the Posidonia Shale were exploited to build growing settlements. The Posidonia Shale is a site of exceptional preservation with abundant invertebrate fossils and rarer, but often complete and articulated, marine reptile skeletons. Posidonia quarrying dates back to at least the 16th century and, given that the quarrying was executed by hand, 17th century quarrymen would have seen fossils of many kinds, almost certainly including some well preserved plesiosaur remains. Had these discoveries caused a stir among local learned individuals, as well a giant reptile entombed in stone might have, it’s not inconceivable to think they could have been identified as dragons, and ultimately influenced Mundus Subterraneus.

As with our discussion of cyclops art, these details are only circumstantial evidence and they do not prove beyond doubt that plesiosaurs were referenced in Kircher’s dragon art. But I find this case a little more compelling because our records of the early modern period are better, so the correlation between historic events is tighter and the contrast to other dragon illustrations more obvious. Moreover, whereas ancient cyclops art doesn’t really look like the fossils said to inspire it, I can see some obvious plesiosaur-like details in Kircher’s illustration. It’s difficult to be certain about the relevance of plesiosaurs fossils to the image but, for me, this is a possible, if unconfirmed, piece of proto-palaeoart.

Please read the rest of this wonderful piece by Mark Witton at Unicorns, dragons, monsters and giants: palaeoart before palaeontology.

Sweet! Extra sweet!

Especially as I have been enamored of a recent and quite scholarly thread on ATS called Evidence for the Co-Existence of Humans and Dinosaurs. If your interest is peaked you should have a read of that, too. It’s good! Up at 11 pages now and it’s got 108 flags. Just wonderful! You will see that the premise is exceptionally solid and you will know why, too.

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DamirPradoT @DamirPrado 7:51 AM – 13 Oct 2018

At the dawn, over the low canyons and valleys of inland Morocco, the bright orange hits the bodies of two beasts that surprisingly meet face to face. A young Chenanisaurus and a Phosphatodraco live a meeting in search of food @GreyGriffon #TheSummonEngh2018

Ooh, Lordy, do I love pterosaurs!

The awesomeness! Paleoart Woo!

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Really happy for, and also jealous of, all the people that experienced the “Picturing The Past” paleoart exhibit at the @NMMNHS_Paleo yesterday. If you got to see any of the 3 art pieces by me in display there, or took selfies with them, let me know! #paleoart #2018SVP

Oh God these are lovely! Just fabulous!

I love this stuff…

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Joschua Knüppe @JoschuaKnuppe 9:35 PM – 13 Oct 2018

Results from the #paleostream! Giant stork from Flores, Wiehenvenator, Proterogyrinus and baby diplo. #paleoart #palaeoart #dinosaurus

Note the hunter lower left!

That is one massive boid. Maaadonne!

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This is thrilling!

Gotta be some nifty critters over there, eh?! Bit of a hike, though.

We could get there if the world prioritizes nicely.

Like that’s gonna happen.

I’m sure it will someday.

For now, this short little clip spanning quite a few yarn will serve nicely in the Soul boosting division.

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