Shingleback Skink at Sydney Wildlife World.
Hey, I was wondering…
Do lizards dream of the… old days?
Giant Haast’s eagle attacking New Zealand moa. Giant eagle is right! Holy cow!
This is the famous ‘classic shot’… I have seen this countless times since I was a kid.
That guy is praying that nothing comes out that end!
God what a magnificent animal.
For all intents and purposes… this is a dinosaur. And that, folks, is a precious thing.
What is not fabulous is that they are gone and neither you nor I will ever see one.
I was eye to eye with an emu once, courtesy of my dad and that was pretty damn fab for sure. They are kin to our moa buds so it counts and it was extra cool as it was an emu and not your everyday ostrich. Not that ostriches run around much in Connecticut, but you know what I’m talkin’ about.
It wasn’t 12 feet tall, though!
Maybe there is a hidden valley somewhere with a few moa families still around. Unlikely, but hey, you never know.
Roy! Roy Chapman Andrews! (Childhood hero, don’tcha know) The lad’s comrades all seem to be regular height, though. But I do know there were more tallboys there than just this guy.
Frederick John Kempster, 13 April 1889 – 15 April 1918
Kurt Zehe, 12 January 1913 – 1969
Maria Feliciana dos Santos
Robert P. Wadlow
Elsa and Hilda Van Droysen
Chang Woo-Gow (sp?)
Fyodor Andreevich Makhnov
There are certainly some pretty sizeable folks out there, eh.
Used to be a lot before they faded away into the depths of time and space. I think it is rather unfortunate that they’re not around any more. Life would be much more interesting.
But hey, here we are.
Here’s Leptoceratops gracilis, which really isn’t very gracile and is actually rather thickset and ugly in comparison to other ceratopsians. I mean look at it.
Cool thing about Leptoceratops, though, is that they were some of the last (non-avian) dinosaurs, living alongside all the old favourites like Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, and Ankylosaurus. For a small ceratopsian with such a ‘primitive’ body plan, that’s rather unusual.
Still ugly though.
One of the earliest known dinosaurs, Herrerasaurus lived during the Late Triassic (~231 mya) in what is now Argentina, South America. It was a fairly lightly-built bipedal carnivore, with the largest specimens reaching sizes of just over 5m long (16′4″).
The exact classification of herrerasaurids is still somewhat unclear, with different analyses putting them in different positions on the early dinosaurian family tree. They’re generally considered to at least be closely related to basal theropods – but a recent analysis that reshuffles dinosaur relationships suggests their resemblance to the theropods might be a result of convergent evolution, with them being the sister group to sauropods instead.
Not sure if i ever posted this, but i found him again and i doubt i’ll have time to finish him.
Alolan exeggutor! The basic thought behind him was that the main body was an adult and the extra ‘heads’ were actually the young exeggcute before they drop off to form a cluster of their own. the ones around the main head are known to bicker with the parent body, whereas the tail dwelling ones are quite content and friendly. Basically a living dinosaur too, with the leaves being akin to camouflage feathers as they feed on things in the canopy of Alola.
They then drop off and begin their life as a cluster, their skin going pink before they go off to reach maturity.
587: Raptor (Jurassic Park)
Your camo can’t save you from Lawyers!
This concludes book monster week my lovelies! As always, feel free to suggest another themed week for the future! <3
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Difference Between Book & Movie. The movie is a MUST though.
Daily Monster 309: Arica Monster
Region of origin: Atacama Desert, Chile
Sighted by motorists on the roads of the deserts of northern Chile, witnesses have described encountering a large, bipedal creature crossing the road and approaching their vehicles. In the early Eighties, it was described as kangaroo-like, then in the Nineties it was said to more conclusively resemble the velociraptors from Jurassic Park, leading cryptozoologists to surmise it may be a surviving dromaeosaur of some kind. However, like the chupacabra turning from a winged reptilian figure to a canid beast as new information was absorbed into the folklore, as our understanding of the dinosaurs themselves changed so too did the Arica monster: those intent on preserving the idea of an extant dinosaur changing their depictions to include feathers and bird-like features while others maintain the earlier accounts of a more distinctly reptilian creature.
Nice teeth, bruh
This fab fella was just seen, swimming, in a living fashion, a half mile below the surface of the sea off the coast of Portugal. It was captured. First time one’s been sighted alive and cavorting which makes this an epic event in the annals of ocean science and nature. This particular frilled shark species had been known of since about the 1880s-90s, but no one had ever seen one swimming about. So Ra. Ra. Sis. Boom. Ba.
The cool thing about this dude is that it is one of those “living fossil” type critters… it dates back to 80 million years ago, so it was a contemporary of all our favorite diner sores from our childhood dreams.
Hasn’t changed to any noticeable degree… and to that I ask… “Well, why would it?”
The below Article comes from this Newsweek link
Prehistoric, Dinosaur-Era Shark With Insane Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of Portugal
The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature.
The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area, the BBC reported. The aim of the project was to “minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing,” but the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.
Scientists from Portugal’s Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) have dubbed the catch a “living fossil”, after using techniques to identify the animal that indicates the species dates back almost 80 million years.
I have always been in awe of these things. They terrorized the gauchos! They did, I don’t care what they tell you.
Can you imagine one of these after you? High performance killing machines of the evolved velociraptor kind. Claimed to be extinct. Let us hope to Hell that is so. I cannot be so sure. Mainly because, when it comes down to it, we don’t know squat.
Yes, that is a horse. What a way to go…
Oh ai…I swear I am not right in the head. A recent study said that peeps who forget a lot are unusually intelligent. While finding it reassuring that I am “okay,” as a 99th percentile lad it is starting to escalate daily. This, I assure you is not a good thing. Especially when it affects others, sich as my aunt or my friend who asked me to help with his new play. Two days ago. Bad Iggy, Bad! Seriously. I also forget to even eat. This is becoming rather uncomfortable. Like the Queen said, we are not amused.
Oh man. I hope I can get a handle on this. Soonest!
On a lighter note today brought the grin inducing news that the word Patagonia translates as Bigfoot! How cool is that? Seems the whoke region has been known worldwide as being the abode of giants since Magellan in 1520 or so. And of course locally since the year dot. Well, only a few folk know today outside of the locals.
It would appear that there was a race of humans there who were pretty good size and robustly built, but not big enough to strike us as giants. Regular folks of the day and especillay peeps from Yurrop never got over five and a half and were mostly fivers. So to them, these beings were giants.
But the gauchos and farmers reported Bigfoot size critters regularly. But they had tails. Fascination grew in my heart and continues to do so because the most likely suspect is the giant ground sloth species known as Megatherium, who fits the bill perfectly… and… wait for it… is suspected by some to not be extinct but to still be out and about!
The only downside is their most likely location is close to impossible to get to on foot. It has been deemed a no-fly zone for some silly reason.
Comparação entre o tamanho médio de um humano ao de animais já extintos, alguns da era Cenozóica.
Créditos do artista Dane Pavitt.
Comparison of the average size of a human to extinct animals, some from the Cenozoic era.
Credits from artist Dane Pavitt.
Too cool… hadda share.
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Be there or Be Square!
Giant Skeletons: A Contentious Debate – presented by Micah Hanks FULL LECTURE
Okay watch out … my interest in ancient stuff has had twin turbos installed so expect more of these types of posts.
I am pleased to see Micah on the case. He’s good with no woo, thorough in research, very intelligent and able to articulate topics so they’re understood in voice or writing. Not only that … he is a really good musician.
Hanks is a welcome bit of fresh air in a field I have been in way too long having met way too many looneys. And I do mean looneys. He was that way when he started and he still is. This is a good thing.
It would be such a thrill to discover something so powerfully cool. After watching and hearing this you will know that it could still happen. No woo needed.
Joe Rogan Experience #872 – Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson
I was looking for a similar one, more recent issue of the wonderful Joe Rogan show, one where these two great minds go up against the willfully ignorant but quite smart Michael Shermer, Super Skeptic. But I admit to being absolutely thrilled that I found this one! It’s three and a half hours long—and I could not stop watching it. Couldn’t!
This particular podcast has within it what has got to be the single most awesome and profound revelation of reality—REAL reality—that has ever hit my mind. And oh Lordy do the pieces ever fit. Perfectly. All of them. Mind : Blown. To freakin’ smithereens, man. This has got to be what happened. There is no way anyone can ever pull me back.
Not that I was ever far… I knew there was an advanced civilization that ended and we are the scraggly survivors… but… to see the evidence… yes, evidence… testifying in unequivocal and unerasable style as to what happened to them… it is just profound and quite frankly stunning. It can take a bit, because the scale is so vast that it is almost inconceivable.
So many disciplines come together to tell the story. But we are just at the tip of the iceberg in understanding our past. It is also important to realize that the same thing can happen to us. It is not speculation, more a matter of when. And if we get on the stick we, with our present day resources and going forward can come up with a solution. It is thankfully, quite likely that the corporate world can be convinced to solve it, because doing so will allow them to collect vast riches in the near future, something they are known to have at least a passing interest in.
Please take the time to watch it. If you are on this blog you will very likely love it and be as gob-smacked as I am.
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When I was a little boy I was hell-bent-for-leather on becoming a paleontologist when I grew up. I occasionally think it would have been a good thing. I even wrote a long letter to the legendary Roy Chapman Andrews at the American Museum of Natural History. He was my Hero, see… Unbeknownst to my preteen mind, he had passed a bit before then and the museum staff wrote me a very sweet letter explaining that gently and encouraging my paleontological endeavors. Yeah, maybe I should have done that.
On the afternoon of March 21, 2011, a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.
At first glance the reassembled gray blocks look like a nine-foot-long sculpture of a dinosaur. A bony mosaic of armor coats its neck and back, and gray circles outline individual scales. Its neck gracefully curves to the left, as if reaching toward some tasty plant. But this is no lifelike sculpture. It’s an actual dinosaur, petrified from the snout to the hips.
The creature’s immortality hinged on each link in this unlikely chain of events. If it had drifted another few hundred feet on that ancient sea, it would have fossilized beyond Suncor’s property line, keeping it entombed. Instead Funk stumbled upon the oldest Albertan dinosaur ever found, frozen in stone as if it had gazed upon Medusa.
More incredible photos and story at National Geographic
This once in a lifetime thrill took the boffins over 7,000 man-hours of caring, dedicated labor to get this fella out of his rock prison.
A long, long time ago, Peru and Brazil were, shall we say, not pleased with each other and there were continual difficulties over the border between their countries. It must be noted that the entire length of the disputed area is tropical rainforest, pretty much,, i.e., deep, dark jungle, passable even today only with very high effort and golly, the sitch a hundred years ago? Fuggedaboudit! Some iffiness might be expected. But something had to be done.
OK, maybe a lot or a little of that scenario is a product of igular speculation but hey, it came out the same way…
The British ruled the world back then, so they took on the job of sorting out the border for those wacky South Americans. They needed somebody good at mapping in the middle of the jungle and keeping a good head. Not many of those folks around.
Chosen for the job was a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army with a DSO, Distinguished Service Order, an Artillery officer by trade. By passion, though, Lt. Col. Percival Harrison Fawcett was an explorer and an archaeologist of some notoriety throughout the world. He got the job done. I personally think that that is the sole reason for all those terribly straight lines at the border there. Amazing work. To me, at least.
An incident that occurred during the couse of this mission in 1907 somewhere in the waters of the Beni swamps is what we are interested in.
It was fleeting and for us, significant af but he took it in stride along with all the ‘regular’ unknowns…bugs and birds and bats and such.
He certainly had passion and drive, not to mention expert skills and was in a serious quest for a long lost City of Gold that was rumored to be in the area after he learned of it while reading an explorer’s report from 1743 that hinted strongly enough at it to convince our man that it was worth spending every minute of free time looking for. He never did find it, sadly, but he passed looking for it, as one should if one is going to, doing what you love, for he never returned from his last excursion to find it.
Wiki on the Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett DSO (18 August 1867 – during or after 1925) was a British geographer, artillery officer, cartographer, archaeologist and explorer of South America. Along with his eldest son, Fawcett disappeared in 1925 during an expedition to find “Z” – his name for an ancient lost city, which he and others believed to exist and to be the remains of El Dorado, in the jungles of Brazil.
Google search overview
Madre de Dios is a region in southeastern Peru’s Amazon Basin, bordering Brazil and Bolivia. In the west, vast Manú National Park encompasses Andean highland, cloud forest and lowland jungle. Celebrated for their biodiversity, the savannahs and old-growth rainforest of Tambopata Reserve lie in the southeast. Just north is regional capital Puerto Maldonado, at the convergence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata rivers.
Area: 32,935 mi²
Founded: December 26, 1912
Dialing code: 82
Here is the scope of the area off of the Google satellite. Google maps page centered on this area.
Needless to say, it is about as “jungle” as you can get on this Earth. As you can see…
note: the pic below is interactive and you can do a 360° turn and zoom in and out : )
I personally am well pleased with the fact that the fabulous Ollantaytambo and famous Cusco are only a stone’s throw away. Save on travel, eh what? Not only that, but on a more serious note the closeness of such places lends a good dollop of credence to the good Colonel’s prize actually existing. And as the mighty Pucabob, Fortean of Maine, reminds us, they’ve found 56 cities under the canopy so far using the spiffy new LIDAR radar instruments, so hey, it’s like this—we know they could do it and make it look easy and I certainly do imagine they could do a heck of a lot more than we could ever give them credit for.
But I don’t want to get too far off track as this is after all only a blog.
What we are concerned with is that in 1907 Colonel Fawcett saw an animal that he took to be a Diplodocus. Yes, the dinosaur. He included it in his reports back. Apparently the folks that live around there were at least aware of it. And the terrain is perfect for the thing, just like it’s ancestors lived in. Well, pretty much. Hot, wet and lots of water.
A good overview is located at a place called Genesis Park, where you may want to avoid any references to a religious agenda that’s present. I do note with some sadness that thesem sorts of sites are the only ones who will carry this sort of thing these days. Not so in the past… So they have a page on this called Diplodocus in the Amazon, where the two snippets below are extracted from…
“In 1907 Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Fawcett of the British Army was sent to mark the boundaries between Brazil and Peru. He was an officer in the Royal Engineers and was well known as a meticulous recorder of facts. In the Beni Swamps of Madre de Dios Colonel P. H. Fawcett saw an animal he believed to be Diplodocus… The Diplodocus story is confirmed by many of the tribes east of the Ucayali, a region covered by Clark.” (Clark, Leonard, E., The Rivers Ran East, 2001, p. xvi.) The drawing to the left is by Colonel Fawcett’s son, Brian. (World Explorer Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 6, p. 62.) The intrepid explorer also picked up reports of huge monsters inhabiting the swamps near the Madidi River in Bolivia. “There are snakes and insects unknown to scientists, and in the forests of the Madidi some mysterious and enormous beast has frequently been disturbed in the swamps–possibly a primeval monster like those reported in other parts of the continent. Certainly tracks have been found belonging to no known animal–huge tracks, far greater than could have been made by any species we know.” (Fawcett, Exploration Fawcett, 1953, pp. 220-221.)
I like this one…
In later years, a few occasional reports concerning the “Madidi monster” would reach the west. Modern-day explorer Leonard Clark picked up stories of Indians seeing long-necked animals that browsed on the vegetation and attacked canoes that approached them. “Speaking of reptiles, old boy, Colonel Fawcett reached the eastern edge of Madre de Dios, out where you are going. It is a country of swamps apparently. One day while running his dugouts through it, he saw a great reptilian head rise out of the jungle, but before he could shoot, the head was lowered. From the noise the beast made getting away, he took it to be some sort of dinosaur. His Indians revolted and it was necessary to return to Mato Grosso. When I smiled, he presently added, ‘Don’t be too sure they don’t exist – we hear a great many stories from the Indians here!’” (Clark, Leonard, The Rivers Ran East, 2001, p. 41.)
There isn’t much on the webz and a lot of sites just post the page the above are taken from but Googling Fawcett will net you some good stuff. Here are some to get you started.
English translation of Manuscript 512 This is the tale written by the ancient explorer that managed to convince Fawcett that there was indeed a grand lost city that he should devote his days to seeking. He named the city simply Z.
If I was in good shape and could see where I was going I would most assuredly go and look for the creature. Absolutely. The creationists from the Genesis Park site went down there in 2005 in answer to my question in the title, which I think is great, but, of course, found nothing. They say that not verymany of the locals knew of the thing but a few did still. Perhaps that means they finally did all go up to heaven in the century since our man saw one. But I think they are still there, a very few probably, hanging on, just farther away from the ever-encroaching people.
We can hope, eh? Mokele Mbembe bin needin’ some play dates, don’tcha know…
I better post this. For some reason I inadvertently hit publish twice before I was done… the first time before I even wrote anything! Sigh.
Giant Prehistoric Apes of South East Asia [FULL DOCUMENTARY]
Published on Nov 12, 2014
A Giant Prehistoric Ape was believed to have roamed the jungles of southeastern Asia for around a million years. Many believe that these giant prehistoric apes may be behind the Bigfoot and Yeti sightings of the modern era. Modern day sightings of giant apes in North America and Asia are very interesting. The fossil record suggests that individuals of the species Gigantopithecus blacki were the largest known apes that ever lived, standing up to 3 m (9.8 ft), and weighing up to 540 kg (1,190 lb)
This Giant Prehistoric Apes of South East Asia documentary investigates claims that these the prehistoric giant apes, could still be thriving in the jungles of south east Asia.
This Documentary goes in search of the Giant Prehistoric Apes of South East Asia, one of the few documentaries ever based on this Giant Ape. Watch the full documentary here and if you like this show, please like and subscribe for more full documentaries.
This one couldn’t go in the rock ape post as they are not the same fellows at all. Rock apes are our size and smaller, mostly. They do get get reports of big guys over there in Rockie’s territory sometimes… those are not rock apes but they are the subject of this video and would be our Sasquatch species and the Yeren and perhaps others.
Is Bigfoot a Gigantopithecus? Could very well be, or a subspecies.
There is absolutely no natural reason whatsoever as to why the creatures, in any and all their variations, cannot exist out there in the world today.
I love pterosaurs.
Want so badly to see a live one.
Logistics and funding will allow no such thing at this point in the journey. Sigh. Hopin’!
Anyway, here is a nice illustration that appeared on my Facebook newsfeed. It really caught my eye.
Didn’t say who the artist is, though…
If anyone knows, please comment, eh?